Originally known as the “Old Town Road” guy, Lil Nas X is proving he is more than a one-hit wonder. He’s young, he’s funny and he still appears to be in shock with his success. His newly released EP, titled 7, features seven songs that all sound completely different than the next, infusing rap, rock, country and more in this impressive genre-blurring project. His debut single—the country-trap hit “Old Town Road”—is spending its 12th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, giving us little doubt that Lil Nas X has the potential to go miles in the music world.
As of June 20, the song has racked up an eye-popping 1.3 billion audio and video streams and 958,000 digital downloads, making it 2019’s most-consumed song and top-selling song, according to Nielsen Music data sent to ONE37pm.
At only 20 years old, Lil Nas X became a music phenomenon. “Old Town Road,” a song about the road to success, quickly became the song of the Internet and most likely will be crowned Song of the Summer. The breakout single resulted in the Yeehaw Challenge on popular short-video platform TikTok and popularized leather boot shopping and yeehaw captions on Instagram. It notably debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 19 but was removed after country diehards expressed their concern about the song being misclassified. Since the uproar, country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted his support for Lil Nas X and is, as we all know, featured as a vocalist in the remix.