What did we expect? What did anyone expect? Eminem’s new album Music To Be Murdered By dropped as a clear-blue-sky surprise on Friday, and yet the outrage that followed was just a muffled, quieter version of previous Eminem-related outrages. People used to get excited to get upset about Eminem albums. Now … More »
Kanye West’s new album, Jesus Is King, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s Kanye’s ninth consecutive #1 debut, which means that he’s now tied with Eminem for the most consecutive #1 debuts ever. All of Kanye’s albums from 2005 through to now have debuted at #1 — the only … More »
In “The Ringer,” the first track from Eminem’s tenth album, Kamikaze, the veteran MC raps the following lines: “‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists / I said, ‘Only when … More »
Eminem’s publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a major new lawsuit claiming Spotify has infringed hundreds of song copyrights and challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law. In a suit filed Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, Eight Mile accuses Spotify of willful copyright infringement by reproducing “Lose Yourself” and about 250 … More »
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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.
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