It took a 17-year-old to finally knock a country legend and rap newcomer from the top spot on the Billboard charts. Anything can happen in music in 2019 and we are here for it. After an incredible 19-week run in the number one spot on the Billboard charts, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” was dethroned by Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” Well, it’s right there in the title. It’s not like she didn’t warn us she was coming for someone else’s spot.
The California teen earned her first number one spot this week with her single “Bad Guy,” effectively ending Cyrus and Lil Nas X’s incredible run in the number one position. The rap and country crossover track “Old Town Road” had already broken records, including being named the longest-running number one single to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Eilish too has made history as the first artist born in the 2000’s to earn the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. So, everyone is a winner!
Cyrus and Lil Nas X were quick to congratulate Eilish on her move to the top spot, with both men paying tribute to the pop singer on social media. “Congratulations @billieeilish Well deserved,” tweeted Cyrus. “Your persistence paid off. Thanks everybody. It was a hell of a ride.”
— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) August 19, 2019
Lil Nas X posted pictures of himself with Eilish and her brother and co-writer Finneas, writing “congrats to these two on number 1.”
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The 20-year-old rapper previously wrote about the significance of “Old Town Road” in July when the song broke the record for longest time at number one. Lil Nas X said that before releasing the massive single, he was a struggling artist losing faith in his career. “I am so thankful that this blessing has been placed upon me. This song has changed my life and the way I see the world around me in less than a year. Thank you to every single person who has been a part of this journey.”
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last year in october , as a struggling artist starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube. i remember clicking on so many generic sounding beatstrying to find the right one for me. when suddenly i came across a country-trap sounding masterpiece. i immediately knew i would make something special out of it! my sister told me i had little time left before i had to leave her house after being there for months promoting my music online and not helping her out much. i was so upset ! i used it as motivation for the song! i jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner cowboy needing to run away from it all! I went out on my sister’s back porch and listened to the beat OVER & OVER & OVER!! then it came to me!! in my best singing voice i sung “YEAHHH IM GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD IM GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE ” I LOVED IT ALREADY! i started to work on it EVERY SINGLE DAY. it needed to be funny, it needed to be catchy, it needed to be hip hop , it needed to be country, & it needed to be short!! by the time i was finished setting it up i was out of my sister’s crib and at my brothers place. on december nd i went into the studio & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD & put it out the exact same day!! did i know it would become the longest running number song of all time? NO! but i am so thankful that this blessing has been placed upon me. this song has changed my life and the way i see the worldaround me in less than a year. thank you to every single person who has been apart of this journey. as i said before, it’s just the beginning!
Eilish’s position at the top of the Billboard chart is no surprise, with the singer quickly amassing millions of fans around the world, including some very famous fans like Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber. The Canadian pop star even jumped on a remix of Eilish’s “Bad Guy,” which, if you remember from his Spanish-speaking days with “Despacito,” helped the crossover track by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee becoming the longest-running number one single in history on the Billboard chart…until “Old Town Road” came along. Before that, the record was held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with their 1995 single “One Sweet Day.”
So, can Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” hit 20 weeks? We’ll see. It is a jam.