It’s been a record-breaking kind of year. First Avengers: Endgame well, uuuh, ended Avatar’s reign as the highest grossing movie of all time, a record it held for more than 10 years.
Not even one week after that feat, Lil Nas X has now ended Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” shared 16 week streak at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey first set that record back in 1996. Which means Lil Nas X has just smashed a 23-year-old record like it ain’t no thang.
If you, like some of the writers here at TATC, are devastated about this, I’m here to try and lessen that disappointment.
Firstly, this Billboard record should have been broken by “Despacito” (this is my anthem for those of you who don’t know me) two years ago but I suppose that’s not really the point here.
Lil Nas X is a young, black, gay rapper who came out spectacularly at the end of Pride Month and who has used social media, Twitter specifically, expertly to spark interest in who he is and what he’s all about on his way to conquering Billboard.
But also, actually, fuck Billboard. When Lil Nas first released “Old Town Road” it peaked at No. 19 on the country charts in March before Billboard pulled it for not being “country enough”.
Enter achy breaky icon Billy Ray Cyrus who lent his voice to one of the billions remixes and amidst all the controversy surrounding the song, it propelled up the charts at breakneck speed. And stayed there. For 17 weeks.
So I say yee-motherfucking-haw. Let’s celebrate Lil Nas’ achievement.
Epic record-breaking moments like this don’t come around every day.