Diplo, BTS, Mason Ramsey to join Lil Nas X on Grammys stage for live rendition of ‘Old Town Road’

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Lil Nas X’s inescapable breakthrough record, “Old Town Road,” will be performed live at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The chart-topping single has been selected for a “Grammy Moment” performance, during which Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus will collaboratively deliver a live rendition of the viral hit. Along with some help from friends.

BTS, Diplo, and Mason Ramsey, each of whom submitted their own reworks of “Old Town Road” last year, will also take the stage alongside both artists, in addition to surprise special guests. Diplo led the pack of remixers, releasing his revamp of the twangy fan-favorite in April 2019. BTS followed suit with their take, the cleverly titled “Seoul Town Road,” as did Mason Ramsey, whose version featured rapper Young Thug. Both productions landed in July 2019. 

“Old Town Road” is not only the focus of what promises to be a momentous live appearance; the track is also up for Record of the Year. Fellow nominees include Bon Iver‘s “Hey Ma,” Billie Eilish‘s similarly year-defining “Bad Guy,” “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” by H.E.R., Khalid and Disclosure‘s “Talk,” Lizzo‘s breakout “Truth Hurts,” and “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. The Grammy Awards will broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26

Post Malone’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ highest-selling album of 2019, ‘Old Town Road’ most-streamed song

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The results are in, and according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding was the most successful album of 2019 in the US market. Combining streams with 357,000 album sales, the pop-rapper’s third LP hit an impressive 3.001 million equivalent album units.

These numbers lead to Hollywood Bleeding enjoying five straight weeks at the top of Billboard’s weekly top 200. As is expected in today’s market, the majority of the sales came from stream equivalent albums (SEA’s). 2.452 million SEA units to be precise, which translates to 3.371 billion on-demand audio streams in 2019.

Hollywood Bleeding also lead the charts for track equivalent albums (TEA’s) with 192,000, but in terms of album sales, it was fourth. Taylor Swift‘s lauded Lover sales went into seven figures with 1.085 million. Second place went to Billie Eilish‘s masterful debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?, with the soundtrack from Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born coming in at third with 486,000 sales.

On the single front, the highest streamed song of the year was unsurprisingly Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” with 2.5 billion on-demand streams. This number includes the figures from the remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus as well as the other versions with RM of BTS, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and even Diplo‘s official remix.

The 2.5 billion figure represents yet another broken record attached to the hip-hop/country crossover as it is the first single to break 2 billion on-demand streams in a calendar year.

Of the singles with the most streams in 2019, the first runner up is over a billion streams behind “Old Town Road.” Post Malone & Swae Lee’s, “Sunflower” made for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came in just under 1.5 billion on-demand streams with Billie Eilish once again in the top three as her lead single “Bad Guy” raked in just under 1.3 billion streams.

Via Billboard

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Pharrell and Chad Hugo to reunite as The Neptunes in 2020, work with JAY-Z, Miley Cyrus, and more on the books

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Pharrell and Chad Hugo to reunite as The Neptunes in 2020, work with JAY-Z, Miley Cyrus, and more on the booksThe Neptunes

Pharrell and Chad Hugo will reunite full-time as famed production duo The Neptunes in 2020. Producing hits for industry giants from JAY-Z, Britney Spears, Kelis, Justine Timberlake, Clipse, Backstreet Boys, and more, The Neptunes have gained acclaim as one of history’s most successful producer groups and a dominant force in the 90s and early 2000s. Now, in a new interview with Clash, Hugo reveals The Neptunes are back in session with new music to come with artists like Miley Cyrus, JAY-Z, and more.

“I’m focussing on The Neptunes stuff, getting back on The Neptunes grind. We’re doing a couple of things. There’s a video game soundtrack that’s in the works right now that I can’t speak about. I’m not supposed to, but uh, it’s in the works right now. We just did some work with Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Blink 182, Lil Uzi Vert, Brandy, Ray-J, Snoh Alegra, G-Eazy…”

The Neptunes were nominated to the 2020 class of Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. Despite never having officially split, Pharrell and Hugo cut back on The Neptunes’ material to focus on their individual work. The two reunited as N.E.R.D in 2017 with the release of fifth studio album No One Ever Really Dies. Other future collaborators that Hugo mentioned include Rex Orange County, Lil Nas X and Kaytranada.

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The Chainsmokers, Billie Eilish, Missy Elliot and more win big at this year’s MTV VMA’s

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The Chainsmokers, Billie Eilish, Missy Elliot and more win big at this year’s MTV VMA’sMissy Elliot VMAs

The MTV VMA’s have been in a steady decline in viewership over the last three years, but from the social media response to this year’s broadcast, the 2019 award ceremony might have been MTV’s best in years. Backed by strong appearances by Lizzo, who dominated the stage in front of a massive inflatable booty, and Missy Elliot, who triumphantly accepted the evening’s Video Vanguard Award and then delivered a “Work It” performance for the ages.

Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande came away with hardware, giving an accurate snapshot of the past year in pop. The Chainsmokers took home the top designation in this year’s dance category, while Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth‘s LSD project fell short of Lil Nas X’s inescapable “Old Town Road” in the best direction category.

Despite TV numbers being down, the VMA’s prove to be alive and well in 2019, with a list of winners that represents a memorable year in music pop culture. See the full list of winners at this year’s MTV VMA’s below.

Video Vanguard

WINNER: Missy Elliott

Video of the Year

WINNER: Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Ariana Grande: thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]

Artist of the Year

WINNER: Ariana Grande
Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Song of the Year

WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Drake: “In My Feelings”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best New Artist

WINNER: Billie Eilish
Ava Max
H.E.R.
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
ROSALÍA

Best Collaboration

WINNER: Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: “Shallow”
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie]
Ed Sheeran / Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]

Push Artist of the Year

WINNER: Billie Eilish
Bazzi
CNCO
H.E.R.
Lauv
Lizzo

Best Pop

WINNER: Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
5 Seconds of Summer: “Easier”
Cardi B / Bruno Mars: “Please Me”
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Khalid: “Talk”
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next”
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Best Hip-Hop

WINNER: Cardi B: “Money”
2 Chainz: “Rule the World”[ft. Ariana Grande]
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
DJ Khaled: “Higher” [ft. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend]
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Travis Scott: “SICKO MODE” [ft. Drake]

Best R&B

WINNER: Normani: “Waves” [ft. 6LACK]
Anderson .Paak: “Make It Better” [ft. Smokey Robinson]
Childish Gambino: “Feels Like Summer”
H.E.R.: “Could’ve Been” [ft. Bryson Tiller]
Alicia Keys: “Raise a Man”
Ella Mai: “Trip”

Best K-Pop

WINNER: BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey]
BLACKPINK: “Kill This Love”
Monsta X: “Who Do You Love” [ft. French Montana]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER: “Cat & Dog”
NCT 127: “Regular”
EXO: “Tempo”

Best Latin

WINNER: ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]
Anuel AA / Karol G: “Secreto”
Bad Bunny: “MIA” [ft. Drake]
benny blanco / Tainy / Selena Gomez / J Balvin: “I Can’t Get Enough”
Daddy Yankee: “Con Calma” [ft. Snow]
Maluma: “Mala Mía”

Best Dance

WINNER: The Chainsmokers: “Call You Mine” [ft. Bebe Rexha]
Clean Bandit: “Solo” [ft. Demi Lovato]
DJ Snake: “Taki Taki” [ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B]
David Guetta / Bebe Rexha / J Balvin: “Say My Name”
Marshmello / Bastille: “Happier”
Silk City / Dua Lipa: “Electricity”

Best Rock

WINNER: Panic! At the Disco: “High Hopes”
The 1975: “Love It If We Made It”
Fall Out Boy: “Bishops Knife Trick”
Imagine Dragons: “Natural”
Lenny Kravitz: “Low”
twenty one pilots: “My Blood”

Video for Good

WINNER: Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”
Halsey: “Nightmare”
The Killers: “Land of the Free”
Jamie N Commons / Skylar Grey: “Runaway Train” [ft. Gallant]
John Legend: “Preach”
Lil Dicky: “Earth”

Best Group

WINNER: BTS
5 Seconds of Summer
Backstreet Boys
BLACKPINK
CNCO
Jonas Brothers
PRETTYMUCH
Why Don’t We

Best Power Anthem

WINNER: Megan Thee Stallion: “Hot Girl Summer” [ft. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign]
Ariana Grande: “7 rings”
DJ Khaled: “Wish Wish” [ft. Cardi B and 21 Savage]
Halsey: “Nightmare”
Lizzo: “Tempo” [ft. Missy Elliott]
Maren Morris: “Girl”
Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter”
Taylor Swift: “You Need To Calm Down”

Song of Summer

WINNER: Ariana Grande and Social House: “Boyfriend”
Billie Eilish: “Bad Guy”
DaBaby: “Suge”
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber: “I Don’t Care”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Khalid: “Talk”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Lil Tecca: “Ransom”
Lizzo: “Truth Hurts”
Miley Cyrus: “Mother’s Daughter”
Post Malone: “Goodbyes” [ft. Young Thug]
Rosalía and J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho]
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello: “Señorita”
Taylor Swift: “You Need To Calm Down”
The Chainsmokers and Bebe Rexha: “Call You Mine”
Young Thug: “The London” [ft. J. Cole and Travis Scott]

Fashion Trailblazer

WINNER: Marc Jacobs

Best Direction

WINNER: Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (dir. Calmatic)
Billie Eilish: “bad Guy” (dir. Dave Meyers)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (dir. Andrew Thomas Huang)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (dir. Hannah Lux Davis)
LSD: “No New Friends” (dir. Dano Cerny)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (dir. Drew Kirsch and Taylor Swift)

Best Visual Effects

WINNER: Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (visual effects: Loris Paillier & Lucas Salton for BUF VFX)
Billie Eilish: “when the party’s over” (visual effects: Ryan Ross, Andres Jaramillo)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (visual effects: Matt Chandler, Fabio Zaveti for Analog)
Ariana Grande: “God is a woman” (visual effects: Fabrice Lagayette, Kristina Prilukova & Rebecca Rice for Mathematic)
DJ Khaled: “Just Us” [ft. SZA] (visual effects: Sergii Mashevskyi)
LSD: “No New Friends” (visual effects: Ethan Chancer)

Best Editing

WINNER: Billie Eilish: “bad guy” (editing: Billie Eilish)
Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (editing: Elias Talbot)
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)” (editing: Calmatic)
Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (editing: Hannah Lux Davis & Taylor Walsh)
Solange: “Almeda” (editing: Solange Knowles, Vinnie Hobbs, Jonathon Proctor)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (editing: Jarrett Fijal)

Best Art Direction

WINNER: Ariana Grande: “7 rings” (art direction: John Richoux)
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (art direction: JinSil Park, BoNa Kim (MU:E))
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus] (art direction: Itaru Dela Vegas)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (art direction: Tatiana Van Sauter)
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down” (art direction: Brittany Porter)
Kanye West / Lil Pump: “I Love It” [ft. Adele Givens] (art direction: Tino Schaedler)

Best Choreography

WINNER: ROSALÍA / J Balvin: “Con Altura” [ft. El Guincho] (choreography: Charm La’Donna)
FKA twigs: “Cellophane” (choreography: Kelly Yvonne)
LSD: “No New Friends” (choreography: Ryan Heffington)
Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (choreography: Calvit Hodge, Sara Biv)
Solange: “Almeda” (choreography: Maya Taylor, Solange Knowles)
BTS: “Boy With Luv” [ft. Halsey] (choreography: Rie Hata)

Best Cinematography

WINNER: Shawn Mendes / Camila Cabello: “Señorita” (cinematography: Scott Cunningham)
Anderson .Paak: “Tints” [ft. Kendrick Lamar] (cinematography: Elias Talbot)
Billie Eilish: “hostage” (cinematography: Pau Castejon)
Ariana Grande: “thank u, next” (cinematography: Christopher Probst)
Solange: “Almeda” (cinematography: Chayse Irvin, Ryan Marie Helfant, Justin Hamilton)
Taylor Swift: “ME!” [ft. Brendon Urie] (cinematography: Starr Whitesides)

Billie Eilish knocks Lil Nas X off the Billboard chart’s top spot, ending ‘Old Town Road’s’ 19-week reign

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Its been 19 weeks since Lil Nas X claimed the number one spot atop the Billboard Hot 100. Let that sink in—five whole months. In that time, “Old Town Road” has seen a wild, celebrity cameo-filled music video alongside four remixes that kept it afloat, becoming the longest-leading song of all-time on the Hot 100.

However now, competition for the number one spot is back in business. Announced on August 19, Billie Eilish has earned her first number one spot on the chart with “Bad Guy” as well as a few other impressive milestones. Eilish spent nine weeks in the runner-up position, fueled by a standout remix featuring Justin Bieber, which is the longest for any song before reaching the top. What’s more—she not only trumped the longest-leading track’s reign, but she is also the first artist born in the 21st century to top the charts. Lil Nas X—born in 1999—came closest, and at 17 Eilish becomes the youngest artist at the summit since Lorde’s reign with “Royals” at the age of 16.

The country rapper hit Twitter to show Eilish some appreciation:

From the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, “Bad Guy” has made history, proving Eilish’s continued success cannot be taken lightly.

H/T: Billboard

‘Old Town Road’ smashes Billboard Hot 100 record with 17 weeks at No. 1

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For 17 weeks straight, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Old Town Road” has sat atop the iconic Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking previous records installed by the likes of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

‘ “Old Town Road” has sat atop the iconic Billboard Hot 100 chart, breaking previous records installed by the likes of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.

The infamous song first entered No. 1 territory on April 13, and fans haven’t looked back since then. In the weeks following, “Old Town Road” has continued to hold down the coveted slot, eventually beating out the 16-week records set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day” in 1995 and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with “Despacito” in 2017.

From January to June, the music industry overall clocked in a record 507 billion streams. Of those, “Old Town Road” is the only song to hit more than 1 billion steams, making it the most-streamed song of 2019 by a huge margin.

H/T: Billboard, BET

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‘Old Town Road’ remains at No. 1 on Billboard for a record-breaking 16th week

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‘Old Town Road’ remains at No. 1 on Billboard for a record-breaking 16th weekBilly Ray Cyrus Lil Nas Diplo Old Town Road

Lil’ Nas X’s “Old Town Road” is still sitting pretty in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart for 16 weeks running, an accomplishment achieved only twice before by Mariah Carey and Luis Fonsi.

While the country hip-hop crossover is tied for most weeks at No. 1, “Old Town Road” holds the record for longest-running hip-hop track to be No. 1 on the chart, ahead of Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow,” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” all staking claim at 13 weeks atop the chart.

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are showing no signs of relenting from their throne, as the artists are staying relevant by remixing the song to include stars like Mason Ramsey and Young Thug.

Lil Nas X enlists Mason Ramsey and Young Thug for latest ‘Old Town Road’ remix, looks to secure longest-running #1 single of all time

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The cross-over hit “Old Town Road” has been breaking records left and right and now. As it celebrates its 14th week as the #1 song in the country, Lil Nas X has unveiled a brand new remix of his viral single. Billy Ray Cyrus returns on the latest edition of “Old Town Road” which sees newly-added features from Mason Ramsey and Young Thug. The release may be the final push that “Old Town Road” needs in order to make pop-chart history; “Old Town Road” only needs to hold its #1 position for two more weeks before it ties both Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” as the most successful single of all time.

The latest “Old Town Road” remix welcomes Mason Ramsey —the yodeling kid who has seen his own streak with virality—as well as fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug. The uncanny pair make perfect sense as recruits for Lil Nas X’s hit song —with Ramsey using his virality to catapult a country career by signing a label deal and even performing at Coachella, and Young Thug pushing boundaries with fashion as a vehicle.

Lil Nas X released his debut EP 7 at the end of June. The second track “Panini” has already enjoyed popularity.

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Lil Nas X, Drake peak on Rolling Stone Charts as publication announces inaugural chart listings

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Rolling Stone has succeeded its May announcement of Rolling Stone Charts with the first slew of chart placements. Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” is the first single to occupy Rolling Stone’s 100 chart, while The Raconteurs’ Help Us Stranger is the inaugural album to weigh in on the authority’s top 200 albums chart.

The self-proclaimed “6 God,” Drake maintains his reign in the context of Rolling Stone Charts. The “God’s Plan” hitmaker further evidences his white-knuckle grip on the contemporary music market in his possession of the number one spot on Rolling Stone’s roster of the 500 most preeminent artists. Meanwhile, Seaforth’s “Love That” proves hot given its position at the top of the Trending 25 chart.

The Rolling Stone Artist 500 reflects the most-streamed artists, while the Trending 25 follows the tracks that denote the most rapid chart movement based on metrics. Finally, the Breakthrough 25 encompassed newcomers that enter the charts for the very first time.

Rolling Stone visualizes Rolling Stone Charts as a streamlined method of tracking rising releases, and a potential driver of further brand pervasion. “PMC’s (Penske Media Corp., the owner of Rolling Stone) strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” CEO Jay Penske, said. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular, and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”

Rolling Stone Charts places Rolling Stone in a position of direct competition with Billboard’s branded charts.

H/T: Rolling Stone

Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart record

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Lil Nas X’s breakout hit ‘Old Town Road’ rakes in another Billboard chart recordLil Nas

Few songs in history have dominated the zeitgeist like Lil Nas X‘s ‘Old Town Road,’ and now there is considerable data to support that statement. This past week, the country-rap crossover hit featuring Billy Ray Cyrus sat atop the coveted Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a record thirteenth week.

This is the longest any rap single has led the chart, beating out past monsters like ‘See You Again,’ by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, in 2015; ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ by The Black Eyed Peas (2009); and ‘Lose Yourself,’ by Eminem (2002-03). Beyond breaking rap records, only 11 other singles in history share this record, the last of which was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s ‘Despacito‘ which featured Justin Bieber.

‘Old Town Road’ also currently leads the Streaming Songs chart for the thirteenth week with 88.7 million streams in the U.S.. It’s on top of the Digital Song Sales chart once again as well with 59,000 downloads sold.

The song was already enormous prior to this record-breaking week, but an honest admission at the end of Pride Month from Lil Nas X that he is, in fact, gay gave the single an even bigger bump to close out June.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

H/T: Billboard