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(News) Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Leaps to #1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart

This undated image provided by Columbia Records shows rapper Lil Nas X, whose viral hit “Old Town Road” was removed from Billboard's country charts because they said it wasn’t country enough. (Eric Lagg/Courtesy of Columbia Records via AP)

Billboard reports that the viral hit “Old Town Road” has leapt from #15 to #1 in its latest Hot 100 rankings. That’s the Hot 100’s second-biggest jump this year following “Shallow”‘s post-Oscars bump from #21 to #1.

Likewise, Lil Nas X is the first new artist to take their initial Hot 100 entry all the way to #1 since Bradley Cooper did so just five weeks earlier alongside Lady Gaga with their A Star Is Born duet. The last solo artist to do so was Cardi B when “Bodak Yellow” spent three weeks at #1 in October 2017. “Old Town Road” shot to #1 in just six short weeks on the chart; it’s also #1 right now on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart.


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