The Billy Ray Cyrus-featuring ‘Old Town Road’, Lil Nas X’s international break-out single, had been on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 since April 13. Its phenomenal commercial success broke the US record for the longest time a song had ever spent at number one, overtaking the 16 week-record set by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with ‘Despacito’ in 2017.
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Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ — which had spent nine weeks at number two on the Hot 100 prior to this week — has now managed to knock ‘Old Town Road’ off the top of the US singles chart. It’s Eilish’s first number one single in the US.
Lil Nas X tweeted his congratulations to Eilish upon hearing the news that his chart reign had finally come to an end.
congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!
— nope (@LilNasX) August 19, 2019
Elsewhere, American country singer and The Voice judge Blake Shelton has denied dissing Lil Nas X after releasing a new song, ‘Hell Right’, which seemingly took aim at ‘Old Town Road’.