Old Town Road

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"Old Town Road"
Old Town Road cover.jpg
Single by Lil Nas X
from the EP 7
ReleasedDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
Format
RecordedDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)
Studio CinCoYo (Atlanta, GA)
Genre
Length1:53
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lil Nas X singles chronology
"Old Town Road"
(2018)
"Panini"
(2019)
Audio video
"Old Town Road" on YouTube
Remix cover
Old Town Road Remix cover.jpg
Billy Ray Cyrus remix cover
Billy Ray Cyrus singles chronology
"Achy Breaky Heart 25"
(2017)
"Old Town Road (Remix)"
(2019)
Remix music video
"Old Town Road (Remix)" on YouTube

"Old Town Road" is a song by American rapper Lil Nas X, first released independently on December 3, 2018. After gaining popularity, the single was re-released by major label Columbia Records, which now distributes the single. Lil Nas X also recorded a remix with American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released on April 5, 2019. Both the original and remix were included on Lil Nas X's debut EP, 7 (2019).

Lil Nas X American rapper, singer, and songwriter

Montero Lamar Hill, known professionally as Lil Nas X, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He came to international attention for his country rap breakout single "Old Town Road", which first achieved viral popularity on the video sharing app TikTok in early 2019. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for nineteen weeks, the only song to do so since the chart started in 1958. It also earned him two MTV Video Music Awards including Song of the Year. His debut EP, 7, was released in June 2019 with its second single, "Panini", peaking at number two on Rolling Stone's Top 100. As of September 2019 his songs have been streamed over 2.3 billion times.

Columbia Records American record label; currently owned by Sony Music Entertainment

Columbia Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. It was founded in 1887, evolving from the American Graphophone Company, the successor to the Volta Graphophone Company. Columbia is the oldest surviving brand name in the recorded sound business, and the second major company to produce records. From 1961 to 1990, Columbia recordings were released outside North America under the name CBS Records to avoid confusion with EMI's Columbia Graphophone Company. Columbia is one of Sony Music's four flagship record labels, alongside former longtime rival RCA Records, as well as Arista Records and Epic Records.

Billy Ray Cyrus American singer-songwriter, actor and film producer

William Ray Cyrus is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has released 16 studio albums and 53 singles since 1992, and is known for his number one single "Achy Breaky Heart", which became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia. It was also the best-selling single in the same country in 1992. Due to the video of this song, the line dance gained in popularity.

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The song has been widely labeled as "country rap", a genre that had only become mainstream a year prior to release. Dutch record producer YoungKio produced the instrumental and made it available for purchase online in 2018. It features a sample of the instrumental piece "34 Ghosts IV" by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, specifically the banjo that is played in the song. The sample was placed behind trap-style Roland TR-808 drums and bass. Lil Nas X purchased the instrumental for US$30 and recorded "Old Town Road" in one day. At the time, he had been living with his sister after dropping out of college; his real world struggles served as an influence on some of the lyrics.

Country rap is a fusion genre of popular music blending country music with hip hop-style rapping.

Kiowa Roukema, professionally known as YoungKio, is a Dutch record producer. He is known for producing "Old Town Road", by American rapper Lil Nas X. Since the rise in popularity of "Old Town Road", YoungKio was signed by French record producer CashMoneyAP.

Sampling (music) reproduction of short extracts from a musical work

In music, sampling is the reuse of a portion of a sound recording in another recording. Samples may comprise rhythm, melody, speech, or other sounds. They are usually integrated using hardware (samplers) or software such as digital audio workstations.

The song initially gained popularity on social video sharing app TikTok and eventually entered the Billboard charts in March 2019. The song reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart before the magazine disqualified it from being included on the chart on grounds that it did not fit the country genre, sparking a debate on the definition of the genre. Though the song was not re-entered onto the overall country charts, both the original version of the song and the remix featuring Cyrus eventually peaked at number one on the flagship Billboard chart, the Hot 100, for a record-breaking nineteen consecutive weeks. Internationally, one or more versions of "Old Town Road" have topped the national singles charts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; and charted within the top ten in various other markets.

TikTok Video sharing application

TikTok is an iOS and Android social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. The app was launched in 2017 by ByteDance, for markets outside of China. ByteDance has previously launched Douyin for the China market in September 2016. TikTok and Douyin are the same, but run on different servers to comply with Chinese censorship restrictions. The application allows users to create short music and lip-sync videos of 3 to 15 seconds and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. It is popular in Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world. TikTok is not available in China and its servers are based in countries where the app is available.

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Background and recording

Lil Nas X (pictured) bought the beat for "Old Town Road" anonymously on an online store from producer YoungKio for $30. Lil Nas X (cropped).jpg
Lil Nas X (pictured) bought the beat for "Old Town Road" anonymously on an online store from producer YoungKio for $30.

Country rap, and its subgenre, country trap, emerged onto the mainstream following American rapper Young Thug's experimental mixtape Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017). [2] Lil Nas X has cited Young Thug as a pioneer of the country trap genre. [3] In May 2018, Lil Tracy and Lil Uzi Vert reignited the trend with their country rap single "Like a Farmer (Remix)". [2] [4]

Young Thug American rapper, singer, and songwriter from Georgia

Jeffery Lamar Williams, known professionally as Young Thug, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Known for his eccentric vocal style and fashion, he first received attention for his collaborations with rappers Rich Homie Quan, Birdman, and Gucci Mane. Young Thug initially released a series of independent mixtapes beginning in 2011 with I Came from Nothing. In early 2013, he signed with Gucci Mane's 1017 Records, and later that year he released his label debut mixtape 1017 Thug to critical praise.

<i>Beautiful Thugger Girls</i> 2017 mixtape by Young Thug

Beautiful Thugger Girls is a commercial mixtape by American rapper Young Thug. It was released on June 16, 2017, by 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The mixtape features guest appearances from Future, Gunna, Jacquees, Lil Durk, Millie Go Lightly, Quavo, and Snoop Dogg. Production on the mixtape was handled by Billboard Hitmakers, Charlie Handsome, London, Rex Kudo, and Wheezy, among others.

Lil Tracy American rapper

Jazz Ishmael Butler is an American rapper and singer known professionally as Lil Tracy. He was also known under the name Yung Bruh when he was starting his career. Tracy is best known for his collaborations with the late rapper Lil Peep, specifically "Awful Things" which peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and for being a prominent member of the "SoundCloud rap" and underground rap scene.

In 2018, Lil Nas X dropped out of college to pursue a musical career, but was discouraged by his parents. He moved in with his sister, spending time promoting his music on the Internet while getting just three hours of sleep each night. Lil Nas X found the beat for "Old Town Road" in October 2018 and began writing after his sister told him he had to move out soon. [5] Lil Nas X felt like he was "out of options" and said that his sister's and parents' frustrations with him inspired the song's chorus, "can't nobody tell me nothing." Within the month of writing it, Lil Nas X chose to spin the song's meaning so that the "old town road" would be a symbol of success. [3] Lil Nas X recorded the song on December 2, 2018, [5] at the CinCoYo Recording Studio in Atlanta, [6] and released it the following day. [5] Dutch record producer YoungKio produced the beat a year prior to the song's release and uploaded it to his online store for selling beats. He sampled Nine Inch Nails' track "34 Ghosts IV" and kept the song intact instead of chopping it as a challenge to himself, saying he "didn't really have any country thoughts about it." He had never heard of Nine Inch Nails prior to stumbling upon "34 Ghosts IV". [1] Lil Nas X bought the beat from YoungKio for $30, [1] but since purchases on his online store were anonymous, YoungKio didn't know the song was purchased by Lil Nas X until he saw it in an Instagram meme in December 2018. [7]

Atlanta Capital of Georgia, United States

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Hip hop production

Hip hop production is the creation of hip hop music in a recording studio. While the term encompasses all aspects of hip hop music creation, including recording the rapping of an MC, a turntablist or DJ providing a beat, playing samples and "scratching" using record players and the creation of a rhythmic backing track, using a drum machine or sequencer, it is most commonly used to refer to recording the instrumental, non-lyrical and non-vocal aspects of hip hop.

Nine Inch Nails American industrial rock band

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio. Singer, producer and instrumentalist Trent Reznor was the only permanent member until the addition of English musician Atticus Ross in 2016.

In December 2018, a day after the original version's release, Lil Nas X tweeted out that he wanted Cyrus on the song. [8] Country singer Jake Owen was originally approached to co-write and record the first remix of "Old Town Road". [9] Columbia Records executive Ron Perry reached out to Cyrus' wife Tish Cyrus saying that he would love if Cyrus were to hear "Old Town Road". Cyrus first heard the song over coffee on March 16, 2019 when Tish played it to him. [10] Cyrus stated that he loved the original song the first time he heard it. [11] Cyrus also mentioned that he related to the song the first time he heard it, connecting the "old town road" to the Old Town Bridge in Argillite, Kentucky that he used to play on as a kid. [12] In response to Billboard removing "Old Town Road" from the Hot Country Songs chart, Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted his support for Lil Nas X and noted that the removal put him in the ranks of great outlaws like himself. [13] The remix has spent nineteen consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot 100, as of the issue dated August 17 surpassing "Achy Breaky Heart", which peaked at number four in 1992, as Billy Ray Cyrus' highest-charting single in the United States.

Jake Owen American country music singer

Joshua Ryan Owen, known professionally as Jake Owen, is an American country music singer and songwriter and actor. Signed to RCA Nashville in 2006, he released his debut studio album, Startin' with Me, that year. This album produced three singles, all of which reached top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: his debut single "Yee Haw", "Startin' with Me", and "Something About a Woman". His second studio album, 2009's Easy Does It, accounted for three more singles: "Don't Think I Can't Love You", "Eight Second Ride", and "Tell Me". In September 2011, Owen achieved his first number one hit on the country charts with the title track to his third studio album Barefoot Blue Jean Night, as did with "Alone with You", "The One That Got Away", and "Anywhere with You". His fourth studio album, Days of Gold, produced two singles with its title track, which broke the top 20 in 2014, and the number one single "Beachin'".

Ron Perry is an American music executive. As of January 2, 2018, Perry serves as the Chairman & CEO of Columbia Records. Columbia Records is home to Adele, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, AC/DC, Leonard Cohen, Electric Light Orchestra, David Gilmour, Jack White, Pharrell, John Mayer, among other artists.

Leticia Jean "Tish" Cyrus is an American actress and producer. She produced the films The Last Song, LOL and So Undercover, and is a manager for her daughter Miley Cyrus.

Composition

"Old Town Road" has been variously described by publications as a country rap, [14] [15] [16] [17] country, [18] [19] [20] trap, [21] [22] [23] or Southern hip hop song. [24] Lil Nas X stated that he regards it as a "country trap" song. [3] [25] Produced by YoungKio, "Old Town Road" samples Nine Inch Nails' track "34 Ghosts IV" from their sixth studio album Ghosts I–IV (2008). [26] The song prominently features the playing of a banjo along with trap-style Roland TR-808 drums and bass throughout. [27] [28] It has been compared to Lil Tracy's 2018 single "Like a Farmer", which was later remixed by Lil Uzi Vert. [29] The song is composed in the key of G minor with a chord progression of G7-Badd9-Fsus4-E6. It has an approximate tempo of 68 beats per minute. [30]

Release and promotion

"Old Town Road" was released independently as a single on December 3, 2018, during the rise of the "Yeehaw Agenda" meme, a movement appropriating cowboy fashion and culture. [31] Danny Kang, manager of viral country artist Mason Ramsey, suggested to Rolling Stone that Lil Nas X listed the song under the country music genre on SoundCloud and iTunes as a way to manipulate chart algorithms, as it would be easier to top the country charts than the dominant hip hop/rap charts. [27] Lil Nas X began creating memes to promote "Old Town Road" before it was picked up by TikTok users. [3] The song's first music video is composed entirely of footage and clips from the 2018 Western action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 . [32]

The song gained traction in late December 2018 after becoming the "Yeehaw Challenge" meme on TikTok, where users created short videos set to the song. The challenge is credited with launching the song to debut at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, [33] where the song has since peaked at number one on the chart. [34] The song's popularity grew so quickly that radio stations had to download the audio from YouTube. [27] On March 22, 2019, the success of the song allowed Lil Nas X to sign to Columbia Records, which now distributes the single. [26]

The first official remix of "Old Town Road", featuring American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was released on April 5, 2019 by Columbia Records. The remix was recorded in support of "Old Town Road" being recognized as a country song. [35] A limited edition 7-inch vinyl single was made available for purchase on May 1, 2019, featuring the remix on the A-side and the original on the B-side. [36] [37] The remix was eventually included alongside the original on Lil Nas X's debut EP, 7 . The music video for the remix was released on May 17, 2019. It has guest appearances from Chris Rock, Haha Davis, Rico Nasty, Diplo, Jozzy, Young Kio, and Vince Staples. [38]

On March 29, 2019, Lil Nas X danced to "Old Town Road" with the Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders during a basketball game at State Farm Arena. [39] On April 29, 2019, Lil Nas X and Cyrus performed the live debut of "Old Town Road" as part of Diplo's set at the Stagecoach Festival. [40] On June 24, 2019, Lil Nas X and Cyrus performed the song together on a saloon-themed stage for the 2019 BET Awards. [41]

Billboard genre classification controversy

Billboard (logo illustrated) controversially removed "Old Town Road" from its Hot Country Songs chart after it debuted at number 19. BillboardLogo2013.svg
Billboard (logo illustrated) controversially removed "Old Town Road" from its Hot Country Songs chart after it debuted at number 19.

"Old Town Road" achieved a rare feat in Billboard history when it simultaneously charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts in March 2019. [lower-alpha 1] However, Billboard quietly removed "Old Town Road" from its Hot Country chart for "not [embracing] enough elements of today's country music". [27] Had it not been disqualified, "Old Town Road" would have been the Hot Country Songs number-one song, as of the chart dated April 6, 2019. [45] Lil Nas X stated he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision. [46] In an interview, Time reporter Andrew R. Chow brought up Billboard's decision to remove "Old Town Road" from the Country chart but keep it on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, asking Lil Nas X if he considers "Old Town Road" a country song. Lil Nas X replied, "The song is country trap. It's not one, it's not the other. It's both. It should be on both [charts]." [3]

The exclusion of "Old Town Road" brought criticism of the evaluation of the work of non-white artists in the country genre, with Rolling Stone writer Elias Leight referring to Beyoncé, another black artist, whose song "Daddy Lessons" failed to be considered a country song by The Recording Academy in 2016. [27] Leight also pointed out other difficulties faced by black artists making cross-genre music, noting that rapper Juice Wrld's Death Race for Love (2019) would "probably be the most commercially successful rock album of 2019", but would never appear on rock charts or playlists, another genre like country predominated by white artists. [27] In music journalist Robert Christgau's opinion, "Taking 'Old Town Road' off the country chart strikes me as racist pure and simple, because country radio remains racist regardless of the Darius Ruckers and Kane Browns it makes room for." [47] In light of the criticism, Billboard later stated that the decision to remove "Old Town Road" from the Hot Country Songs chart had nothing to do with Lil Nas X's race. [42] [43] When asked if he believed the decision by Billboard had any racial undertones, Lil Nas X replied, "I believe whenever you're trying something new, it's always going to get some kind of bad reception." [3]

Despite being removed from the main Country Songs chart, "Old Town Road" managed to chart on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, debuting at number 53 and peaking at number 50. [48] [49] In response, Sony Music Nashville CEO Randy Goodman told Billboard that his team started testing the song in some country radio markets, adding "it would be negligent not to look at it". [48]

Commercial performance

Assisted by a remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured), "Old Town Road" charted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-setting nineteen weeks. Billy Ray Cyrus VMA 2015.png
Assisted by a remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured), "Old Town Road" charted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-setting nineteen weeks.

In the United States, the original version of "Old Town Road" ascended to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week ending April 13, 2019; [50] at one minute and fifty-three seconds in length, it became the shortest number-one single since "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" by Herman's Hermits in 1965 and the fifth-shortest in the history of the chart. [51] The following week, it and the newly-released remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus received a combined 143 million streams, surpassing Drake's "In My Feelings", which in 2018 had amassed 116.2 million in the same period, as the song with the highest single-week streaming figure in the country. [52] "Old Town Road" continued to exceed 100 million streams in each of the eight following weeks, and as of June 2019 is responsible for the three highest weekly U.S. streaming totals in the history of digital music, as well as nine of the eleven highest overall. [53] [54] The song was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA on May 10, 2019, indicating combined sales and streams of three million units in the United States. [55] The song has sold 1,438,000 copies in the United States as of October 2019. [56]

"Old Town Road" topped the Hot 100 for nineteen consecutive weeks from April to August 2019. Its overall run at number one is the longest in chart history, surpassing the previous record of sixteen weeks achieved by both "One Sweet Day", by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (1995–96), and "Despacito", by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017). [54] In accordance with its policies, Billboard assigns a single position to "Old Town Road" on the Hot 100 by combining the performance figures of every released version of the song determined to be sufficiently similar to the original; as a result, the entirety of its chart run is credited solely to the remix featuring Cyrus. [57] [52] "Old Town Road" was also the first-ever number-one song on the Rolling Stone Top 100 chart. [58]

Internationally, the original version of the song has topped the national singles charts in at least ten other countries—Australia (thirteen weeks); [59] France and Norway (eight weeks each); [60] [61] Austria (six weeks); [62] Switzerland (five weeks); [63] Denmark, Germany, and Ireland (four weeks each); [64] [65] [66] Portugal (three weeks); [67] and the United Kingdom (two weeks) [68] —and charted within the top ten in more than five others. [69] The remix featuring Cyrus achieved a nineteen-week run at number one in Canada and peaked within the top five in more than five other markets. [70] [71] Both versions of the song have been credited as number-one singles in Belgium, [72] [73] the Netherlands, [74] and New Zealand. [75] [76]

Track listing

Vinyl release [37] [36]

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Old Town Road" (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) 
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Old Town Road" (original version) 

Credits and personnel

Credits and personnel for "Old Town Road" and the four official remixes adapted from Tidal. [77] [78] [79] [80]

Awards and nominations

Listed below are awards and nominations for both "Old Town Road" and "Old Town Road (Remix)" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

YearOrganizationAwardResultRef.
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Song: Male Artist Nominated [81]
Choice Collaboration Nominated
Choice R&B Hip-Hop Song Won
MTV Video Music Awards Song of the YearWon [82] [83]
Song of Summer Nominated
Video of the Year Nominated
Best Hip Hop Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Best Art Direction Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Musical Event of the YearPending [84]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [85] 8× Platinum560,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria) [153] Platinum30,000*
Belgium (BEA) [154] 2× Platinum80,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) [155] Gold45,000^
France (SNEP) [156] Diamond333,333*
Germany (BVMI) [157] Platinum400,000^
Italy (FIMI) [158] 2× Platinum100,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
New Zealand (RMNZ) [159] 4× Platinum120,000*
Poland (ZPAV) [160] 3× Platinum60,000*
Portugal (AFP) [161] 2× Platinum40,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [162] Gold20,000^
Sweden (GLF) [163] 2× Platinum160,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United Kingdom (BPI) [164] Platinum600,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United States (RIAA) [55] 3× Platinum3,000,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png / 1,438,000 [56]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other remixes

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Diplo (left) and Young Thug (right) had each experimented with country music prior to their respective "Old Town Road" remixes

The single's second official remix, "Old Town Road (Diplo Remix)", was released on April 29, 2019 featuring additional production by American DJ Diplo. Country music website The Boot described it as a "remix of [a] remix" as it still retained vocals from Billy Ray Cyrus. [165] Prior to the second remix, Diplo had recently released country music under the name Thomas Wesley. [166] The remix was premiered at Diplo's set for the country music Stagecoach Festival alongside the first-ever live performance of "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X and Cyrus. [166] [167] Just before Lil Nas X and Cyrus' surprise on-stage appearance at Stagecoach 2019, Diplo stated "Let me tell you, ["Old Town Road" is] a country song." [165] The Diplo remix peaked at number 24 on the RMNZ New Zealand Hot Singles chart. [168]

A third official remix titled "Old Town Road (Remix)" was released on July 12, 2019. The remix retains Billy Ray Cyrus' guest appearance and adds American rapper Young Thug and American singer Mason Ramsey. The remix was released in an effort to keep "Old Town Road" at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song was two weeks away from tying for the all-time Hot 100 record held by "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men and "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee; it has since broken that record. [169] [170] [171] Young Thug has been credited with bringing country trap into the mainstream with his experimental mixtape Beautiful Thugger Girls (2017). [2] Lil Nas X credited him with being a pioneer of bridging the gap between country and trap. [3] In an interview with Billboard in March 2019, producer YoungKio was asked who he would want for a remix of "Old Town Road". He responded that he would want the rapper, stating "I've listened to every single song of his, and I think he's qualified to do this remix. I've listened to Beautiful Thugger Girls, and he has some country vibes on there." [7] On April 9, 2019, Lil Nas X and Young Thug previewed a new "Old Town Road" remix on each of their Instagram accounts. [172] On July 2, 2019, Lil Nas X teased the remix again, tweeting out "🤠X🐍". [173] [ better source needed ] Lil Nas X released the cover art for the final remix of "Old Town Road" on July 11, 2019 and indicated that the remix would be released within a few hours. [170]

The single's fourth official remix, "Old Town Road (Seoul Town Road Remix)", was released on July 24, 2019 featuring South Korean rapper RM of boy band BTS. [174] Lil Nas X has stated that "Seoul Town Road" would be the final remix. [175] [ better source needed ] It is the only official remix to not feature Cyrus. The RM remix reached number eight on the RMNZ New Zealand Hot Singles chart. [176] American country singer Jake Owen and American rapper Lil Wayne both recorded verses for planned remixes that were never officially released. Jake Owen's remix was shared on The Bobby Bones Show in May 2019 and his verse was later reused by Ramsey. [9] [177] Lil Wayne's remix was leaked on July 25, 2019 and he performed it live at Lollapalooza the next month. [178] [179] [180] American rapper Cupcakke released her unofficial remix of "Old Town Road", titled "Old Town Hoe", on April 17, 2019. The remix reinterprets the lyric "I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more" in a sexually explicit way. [181] [182] A music video was later released in May 2019, and features Cupcakke and her backup dancers riding toy horses and handling phallic objects, including lollipops, water bottles, and corn on the cob. [183] [184] [185] Lil Nas X responded favorably to the remix. [186]

See also

Notes

  1. While at least one source claims that this was the first instance, [33] there has been at least one other song to achieve that circumstance: "We Are the World", which appeared on six charts simultaneously, the aforementioned three plus the dance, adult contemporary, and rock charts. [44]
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Credited to both the original version and the remix featuring Cyrus
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The listed peak is the highest chart position attained by the original version of the song. The remix featuring Cyrus was released in early April 2019, and the performance of "Old Town Road" on this chart has been credited solely to that version in most or all subsequent weeks.
  4. "Old Town Road" was removed from the Hot Country Songs chart in late March 2019 after Billboard reevaluated the song's genre and deemed it did not fit its qualifications for a country song. [121]
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The listed peak is the highest chart position attained by the song when credited to the remix featuring Cyrus

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The Billboard Hot 100 is a chart that ranks the best-performing singles of the United States. Its data, published by Billboard magazine and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, is based collectively on each single's weekly physical and digital sales, as well as airplay and streaming. At the end of a year, Billboard will publish an annual list of the 100 most successful songs throughout that year on the Hot 100 chart based on the information. For 2005, the list was published on December 20, calculated with data from December 4, 2004 to November 26, 2005. The R&B track We Belong Together by American singer Mariah Carey was named the number 1 song of 2005 and it spent the longest time at number 1 for the year, 14 weeks. This is also the third longest time at number 1 for a single in the 57-year history of the Hot 100 post-1958 inception, after Mariah Carey's own collaboration with Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day, which spent 16 weeks atop the Hot 100 from 1995 to 1996, and Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, which equalled that mark in 2017, both being beaten in 2019 by Old Town Road by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, which had 19 weeks at #1.

The Streaming Songs chart is released weekly by Billboard magazine and lists each week's top streamed radio songs, on-demand songs and videos on leading online music services in the United States. The chart represents one of the three components, along with airplay and sales, that determine the chart positions of songs on the Billboard Hot 100, which ranks the most popular songs in the United States.

"In My Feelings" is a song by Canadian musician Drake from his fifth studio album Scorpion (2018). It was released to rhythmic and contemporary hit radio on July 10, 2018, as the album's fifth single. The song features additional vocals by the City Girls, though they are not credited on the official version. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten weeks and broke several records.

Better (Khalid song) 2018 single by Khalid

"Better" is a song by American singer Khalid for his first EP Suncity (2018). It was released as the lead single from the EP on September 14, 2018. The song was a commercial success and became Khalid's first solo top 10 single in the US.

Wow (Post Malone song) 2018 single by Post Malone

"Wow" is a song by American rapper Post Malone. It was released as a single via Republic Records on December 24, 2018, one day before Christmas. The song was written by Austin Post, Adam Feeney, Louis Bell and Billy Walsh, and produced by Frank Dukes and Bell.

I Dont Care (Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber song) 2019 single by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber

"I Don't Care" is a song by British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and Canadian singer Justin Bieber. It was released on 10 May 2019 as the lead single from Sheeran's fourth studio album, No.6 Collaborations Project. Sheeran previewed the song on his Instagram on 5 May 2019, and Bieber shared another part of the song the following day, before both artists announced the full title and release date on 7 May. The dancehall-influenced song peaked at number one in 26 countries and number two in 7 others, in all behind Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road".

<i>7</i> (Lil Nas X EP) 2019 EP by Lil Nas X

7 is the debut extended play (EP) by American rapper and singer Lil Nas X. The EP was released on June 21, 2019, by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the Billboard Hot 100 number one single, "Old Town Road", and "Panini", and features guest appearances from Cyrus, Travis Barker, Ryan Tedder, and Cardi B.

Panini (song) 2019 single by Lil Nas X

"Panini" is a song by American rapper and singer Lil Nas X from his debut EP 7 (2019). It was released as his second single through Columbia Records on June 20, 2019. "Panini" was written by David Biral, Denzel Baptiste, Montero Lamar Hill and Oladipo Omishore, and produced by Take a Daytrip.

No Guidance 2019 single by Chris Brown featuring Drake

"No Guidance" is a song by American singer Chris Brown featuring vocals from Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on June 8, 2019 as the fourth single from Brown's ninth studio album, Indigo (2019). The song was produced by American producers Vinylz, J-Louis, Teddy Walton, and Canadian producer 40. The track contains uncredited samples from "Before I Die", written and performed by Che Ecru.

"Rodeo" is a song by American recording artists Lil Nas X and Cardi B from the former's debut EP 7 (2019). It was written by Montero Hill and Belcalis Almánzar, alongside Take a Daytrip's David Biral and Denzel Baptiste, Roy Lenzo, and Russ Chell, who produced the song. Musically, "Rodeo" is a country trap song with surf trumpet and a reverbed staccato guitar riff, which has been compared to Heart's "Barracuda" (1977). The song received mixed reviews from music critics, who praised Cardi B's verse. It debuted at number 22 on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching charts in a few other territories. Lil Nas X and Cardi B were sued by Don Lee and Glen Keith DeMeritt III, who claimed that "Rodeo" plagiarized their a song they produced called "Broad Day" (2017).

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