Lil Nas X breaks Billboard report set by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Males for many weeks at No. 1


NEW YORK — It is one candy day for Lil Nas X: The breakthrough rapper’s viral “Previous City Highway” has damaged the Billboard report set by Mariah Carey’s “One Candy Day” for many weeks at No. 1.

Lil Nas X accomplishes the feat this week as his country-trap track spends its 17th week on high of the Scorching 100 chart. Carey and Boyz II Males’s duet set the report in 1996, and the one track to return near breaking it was the ever present worldwide hit “Despacito,” which tied the 16-week report in 2017.

Carey despatched a message out on Twitter congratulating Lil Nas X.

“Sending love & congrats to @LilNasX on breaking one of many longest operating data in music historical past! We have been blessed to carry this report with a track meaning an excellent deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Hold dwelling your greatest life!” Carey tweeted.

Lil Nas X responded to Carey.

“Wowwww thanks a lot Mariah! You’re a legend and an icon and I am blessed to even have you ever acknowledging me proper now! Rising as much as your music & now having you speak to me instantly is unreal!” the rapper tweeted.

Justin Bieber, who sang on “Despacito,” additionally despatched his congratulations to the brand new record-holder.

On Instagram, Lil Nas X wrote a prolonged submit explaining his journey that led him to jot down the record-breaking track:

“Final 12 months in October, as a struggling artist beginning to lose religion in what I might be, I went searching for beats on YouTube. I keep in mind clicking on so many generic sounding beats looking for the best one for me. When all of a sudden I got here throughout a country-trap sounding masterpiece. I instantly knew I’d make one thing particular out of it! My sister advised me I had little time left earlier than I needed to go away her home after being there for months selling my music on-line and never serving to her out a lot. I used to be so upset! I used it as motivation for the track. I jokingly/critically noticed myself as a loner cowboy needing to run away from all of it! I went out on my sister’s again porch and listened to the beat OVER & OVER & OVER!! Then it got here to me!! In my greatest singing voice I sung “YEAHHH I’M GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD I’M GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE.” I LOVED IT ALREADY! Began to work on it EVERY SINGLE DAY. It wanted to be humorous, it wanted to be catchy, it wanted to be hip hop, it wanted to be nation, & it wanted to be quick!! By the point I used to be completed setting it up I used to be out of my sister’s crib and at my brother’s place. On December 2nd I went into the studio & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD & put it out the very same day!! Did I do know it could develop into the longest operating no 1 track of all time? NO! However I’m so grateful that this blessing has been positioned upon me. This track has modified my life and the way in which I see the world round me in lower than a 12 months. Thanks to each single one that has been part of this journey. As I stated earlier than, it is only the start!”

“Previous City Highway” was initially a solo track, however the track additionally has remix variations that includes Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Younger Thug, Mason Ramsey and BTS. Billboard counts the unique track and its remixes as one when calculating chart place.


The Related Press contributed to this report.