Old Town Road is known as the song by the rapper from America named Lil Nas X. This one was first released independently in December of 2018. After earning popularity, the song was re-released by major label name Columbia Records in Match of 2019, that now distributes the single. Aside from that, the rapper also recorded a remix with American country singer name Billy Ray Cyrus, that was released on April 5, 2019. Both the original and the remix one were included in the debut Ep 7 (2019) of the rapper.
Old Town Road has been widely labeled as the country rap, the name of the genre that had only become mainstream a year prior to release. A Dutch beat producer known as YoungKio produced the instrumental and made the song available for purchase online in 2018. This one features the sample of the banjo from the instrumental piece 34 Ghosts IV by the American industrial rock band named Nine Inch Nails. The sample of it was located behind the trap style Roland TR 808 drums and bass. The rapper purchased the instrumental for US$30 and recorded the song in one day. At the time, he had been living with this own sister after kicking out of the college, his real life struggles served as the influence on some of the lyrics.
Furthermore, Old Town Road initially gained popularity on social video sharing app called Tik Tok and eventually entered the Billboard charts in Match 2019. This one reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart before the magazine disqualified the song from being included on the chart on grounds that it did not fit the genre, sparkling the debate on the definition of the country music. Although Old Town Road was not re-entered onto the overall country charts, both versions of the songs peaked at number one on the flagship Billboard chat, the Hot 100, for a record breaking 19 consecutive weeks. Globally, one or more versions of the song have topped the national singles charts in Canada, France, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Australia, and charted within the top 10 in various other countries. In addition, the song was awarded diamond certification by the RIAA, in October 2019, for moving 10 million total units in the United States, the fastest song to be awarded diamond certification. Another great achievement is when the remix version of the song featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has been nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo or Group Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, with the music video of it getting a nomination for the Best Music Video.
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