In 2018, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” began to see success on social media platforms, spreading like wildfire courtesy of countless memes — like many viral hits do these days.
But that was only the beginning for X.
Halfway through 2019, the track is bigger than ever. Holding the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks in a row (and counting), the country-rap fusion is only one week away from setting a new record for the longest running number one spot on the chart.
The numerous remixes of the song that have been released over the last couple of months — which have featured the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Young Thug, and Mason Ramsey (known by many as the yodeling Walmart kid, a viral star in his own right) — have certainly helped.
While the list of guest vocalists featured on the song up to this point was already impressive, especially considering X’s very short amount of time in the industry, it seems he believes it could still be improved.
With the fifth iteration of his massive hit, X further expands the tune’s potential reach by bringing on RM of South Korean pop group BTS.
RM’s appearance on the track is especially significant because he is the first international artist to be featured on the track and given not only BTS’s success in their home country, but also their recent crossover success here in the states, this latest remix may be the final push needed to put “Old Town Road,” in the record books.
Doing so would be the first time such a record has been broken in the 2000s (though the “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber came very close last year), and for an artist still very much in the early stages of his career that is especially impressive.
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