When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
The long, strange, delightful story of Lil Nas X’s run at #1 has finally ended. Three weeks ago, Lil Nas X and Billie Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road” blew past all possible precedents, breaking the record for most weeks at #1. And after 19 weeks, we finally have a new #1 … More »
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Somehow, “Old Town Road” is still the #1 song in America. Two weeks ago, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ leftfield country-rap smash broke the all-time Billboard record, sitting at #1 on the Hot 100 for a mind-boggling 17 weeks. And still, the song shows no signs of slowing down. More »
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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.
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Today, a strange and unlikely underdog story reaches its glorious conclusion. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ ungodly-catchy country-rap fusion “Old Town Road” is now the longest-reigning #1 hit in the 61-year history of the Billboard Hot 100. As Billboard reports, “Old Town Road” has now been the #1 single … More »