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Lil Nas X's ''Old Town Road'' is the longest-running No. 1 in Billboard Hot 100 history

Dayna Haffenden

 // Jul 29, 2019

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Congrats are in order for Lil Nas X. His breakthrough hit, "Old Town Road," has spent 17 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track is officially the longest-running No. 1 in Billboard chart history. "Old Town Road" has broken the record first set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day," which ran for a total of 16 weeks.

The 20-year-old rapper has had a life-changing year and his accomplishments continue to roll out. Recently, his MTV Video Music Awards nominations were revealed. The 7 rapper is nominated for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Art Direction.

A few days ago, Lil Nas X expressed on Twitter how much his life has changed within a matter of a year. "Wow man last year i was sleeping on my sisters floor, had no money, struggling to get plays on my music, suffering from daily headaches, now i'm gay," he wrote.

Back in May, Lil Nas X spoke with ABC's Nightline regarding his rise to fame. "This is only the beginning. And you know people won't realize that until they realize it," the 20-year-old rapper said. "I knew for a fact that this song would take me to another level but … I can't say I knew that it was going to be worldwide or nationwide."

As his career continues to unfold, the Atlanta rapper wants to live his life authentically. While speaking with BBC, Lil Nas reiterated the importance of being as honest as possible with his fans. "I don't want to just live my entire life, especially how I got to where I'm at, just not doing what I want to do," he said. "I'm also, I feel like, opening the doors for more people."

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