Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ makes history, reaches 15x-Platinum status – VIBE.com
Lil Nas X’s record debut single continues to make history. “Old Town Road” has been officially certified 15x-platinum by the RIAA with 15 million units certified. The musician’s success got official certification on September 17, the same day he released his debut album. Montero.
The smash hit song is now the highest ranked certification in RIAA history, fighting for the previous record when “Old Town Road” hit 14x platinum in January. In October 2019, the country-hip-hop fusion track was named Certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the first song this year to do so. With this achievement, “Old Town Road” became the fastest song in history to reach diamond status with 10,000,000 units sold.
On the charts, the song is # 1 longest on the charts Billboard Hot 100 story lasting 19 weeks in first place. The record was previously held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 collaboration “One Sweet Day”, which ranked No. 1 for 16 weeks.
“Old Town Road” was officially released in December 2018 by Lil Nas X as an independent artist, and re-released in March 2019 via Columbia Records after gaining traction. Controversy with the song’s genre and its removal from the country charts resulted in a collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus released in April 2019. The remix helped the track to dominate and led to more remixes with a second from Diplo, a third with rapper Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and a fourth with RM from K-Pop group BTS.
Turning out not to be a one-hit wonder, Lil Nas X carried the momentum of “Old Town Road” to an EP titled 7 released in 2019, where the song is listed as an official track. Earning a handful of accolades and accomplishments since, the Georgia-born artist paved the way for his official debut album Montero, published September 17. The album features Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Jack Harlow, Elton John and Miley Cyrus.
Listen to “AM I DREAMING” with Miley Cyrus from Lil Nas X’s debut album Montero below: