The universe has been expanding for approximately 13.8 billion years, and ever since the advent of recorded sound, popular music has followed suit. New galaxies of sound are constantly springing up and spreading out, intermingling and morphing and exploding. An adventurous music fan is never bored. Yet this past decade the pop mainstream has exhibited … More »
A recent conversation with my seven-year-old: “Dad, put on the cowboy boogie song.” “You said you hated that song.” “I did, but then you played it, and it was stuck in my head. So I started singing it, and then I wanted to hear it. And now it’s good.” He has figured out the way … More »
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town” road is the #1 song in the country for the 15th week running. Part of its longevity has to do with how well Lil Nas X has been able to hold onto the cultural conversation via whatever wacky memes are currently blowing up on the internet. His latest … More »
Naturally, Jack White likes Greta Van Fleet. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, White praises the young band, who won a Grammy earlier this year for Best Rock Album. “They’re three Polish brothers from Frankenmuth, Michigan — I thought that was a joke!” he said during the interview in response to a … More »
“Old Town Road” is #1 on the Hot 100 chart for the fifteenth week, as Billboard reports. “Old Town Road” is now reaching the upper echelon of songs that have remained at #1 on the charts. There are only two songs that have reigned longer than his, both for 16 weeks: 1995’s “One … More »
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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We are watching pop-chart history unfold. Right now, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ singular country-rap crossover “Old Town Road” has been the #1 song in America for the past 14 weeks. If it makes it two more weeks, “Old Town Road” will tie two different songs — Mariah Carey … More »
At this late date it’s rare to encounter music that truly sounds like nothing else, but El Mal Querer pulled it off last year. The Catalonian singer Rosalía’s second album was truly unique, alchemizing traditional flamenco with futuristic R&B in a manner that felt both natural and visionary. Palmas that hit like accented … More »
Lil Nas X’s unstoppable post-genre chart juggernaut “Old Town Road” continues to roll its way toward the all-time record. Billboard reports that “Old Town Road” is, once again, the #1 song in America, a position that it has now held for 14 weeks. As of right now, no song has ever … More »
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