Lil Nas X Breaks Drake’s Streaming Record with “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” remix has broken the record for most U.S streams earned in a single week, surpassing Drake who previously held the title for, “In My Feelings.”

According to Billboard, “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has been streamed over 143 million times in the past seven days. Billboard added that Lil Nas X has earned roughly 20 million more streams than Drake’s 2018 summer anthem.

The “horses in the back” rapper is spending a second week at the top of the charts, making him the first artist since Cardi B to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a debut single. 

This comes as a surprise to many, who recall the controversy surrounding the removal of the viral single from their country charts prior to the release of the remix on April 5.

Billboard originally expressed that “Old Town Road” didn’t meet their criteria for country music. Billboard received major backlash for the removal of the song, as many felt that their decision was race related. 

The collaboration between Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus came shortly after the controversy. Cyrus took to social media to support the self-proclaimed country-trap artist.

“I thought, it’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook, and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” he said. 

According to Pitchfork, “Old Town Road” is also Cyrus’ first number one record.

About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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