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Published on March 26th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Lil Nas X Makes History as the Only Artist to Simultaneously Occupy Spots on Billboard Hot 100

It’s been said there are no new frontiers to conquer in music however this historical moment in music led by Lil Nas X speaks volumes!!! Music creates unity as the charts show!

Breaking all of the rules (and then some) with his genre-shifting single “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X occupies space simultaneously on The Billboard Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Charts.  He is the only artist to accomplish this since Billboard added Hip Hop to their charts. The single is officially available via Columbia Records HERE.

Artists like Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Benny Blanco, Mason Ramsey “Lil Hank Williams,” Ski Mask the Slump God, and others as well as Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Genius have quickly jumped on the genre-twisting artist. He’s turning the industry upside down.

The country-inspired rap track about the cowboy lifestyle has generated over 25 million streams on Spotify to date and is currently sitting at #8 on the US Top 200 Spotify Chart.  The song is #1 on the Apple Music Country chart and Top 3 on the Apple Music overall chart, a rarity for a country song on the platform.

While a trappy-rap song about cowboys coming from a teenager who was born and raised within Atlanta city limits may seem surprising to some, Lil Nas X has created a country trap song for the masses. He enters the same rarified space in a culture where top superstars like Ariana Grande and Post Malone seamlessly experiment with any genre—hip-hop, country, and pop—and gain acceptance beyond bounds.

Preconceived notions are tossed out of Lil Nas X’s world as he takes over multiple lanes. Reflecting that diversity, the audience, who has shown up in force, has spoken as countless fans have uploaded clips of their own countrification as part of the popular #YeeHawChallenge soundtracked by Old Town Road and its accompanying hashtag #oldtownroad. As a result, it has tallied well into the millions.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, GRAMMY Member and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.



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