Lil Nas X Takes the ‘Old Town Road’ to Diamond Status, Becomes Fastest Song Ever to Do So

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When Lil Nas X opted to take his horse on the “Old Town Road,” who knew his journey would be laden with prestigious awards, a record-breaking 19-week run atop the Billboard charts, or the unexpected resurgence of Billy Ray Cyrus?

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But now firmly entrenched in the pop culture zeitgeist, the 20-year-old phenom is adding another accomplishment to his resume, as Fader reports that “Old Town Road” has officially reached Diamond status by selling 10 million copies—the fastest song ever to do so.

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In response to the news, the Atlanta rapper took to Twitter to celebrate as only he can:

“when i was young i went to a civil rights march and martin luther king pointed to me and smiled,” he tweeted. “he said make music and never stop, well look at me now.”

Of additional note, “Old Town Road” is the first song of the year to accomplish this feat.

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Commercially released last year on Dec. 3, it joins Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and “Poker Face” as other recent songs to crack Diamond status.

Respect due to the Columbia Records signee, who predicted his ascent back in May:

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I guess it’s time to buy those Blu-rays.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.

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banacek
Old white guy

when i was young i went to a civil rights march and martin luther king pointed to me and smiled. he said make music and never stop, well look at me now.

Seems like little nas is leaving something out here. I was there at that march (I’m the third white guy from the left, 5819th row back. Yes, in the shirt with Jimmie JJ Walker on it and “Dynomite!” on the back - maybe not the best choice for a civil rights march, but I digress), and I heard King tell that to Little Nas (he still used his full name then). But he then turned to the person next to him and said “Man, when this is over, I’m going to take my horse down to the old town road and ride till I can’t ride no more”.

SO, it seems to me that MLK should be getting something more than a mere shout out by Lil’ Nas X.

(BTW, MLK also was heard saying “I had a dream! A dream where some woman who eats unseasoned boiled chicken thought they could do justice by covering ‘September’. And it was horrific. Horrific I say! Worse than the potato salad she tried to serve me. I mean, raisins! Who the hell puts raisins in their potato salad!” But I again digress.)