Giddyap! The official music video for Lil Nas X’s 2019 western-themed breakout “Old Town Road” starring Billy Ray Cyrus has joined YouTube’s Billion Views Club.
The success marks Lil Nas X and Cyrus’ first entry into YouTube’s Billion Views Club. The hip-hop/country hybrid spent a record 26 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on YouTube’s US Top Songs chart and set the record for longest consecutive No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot with a 19-week run 100 on .
Meanwhile, the 5-minute “official movie” version of “Old Town Road” on YouTube, which features guest appearances from Chris Rock, Diplo, Vince Staples and Rico Nasty, has nearly 650 million views to date. At the 2020 Grammy Awards, this video won the Best Music Video trophy; “Old Town Road” also won for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and was nominated for Record of the Year.
Lil Nas X spent a total of $50 to record the original track “Old Town Road” in an Atlanta studio in under an hour before releasing it on December 3, 2018 — and it went viral on TikTok. The remix he recorded with Cyrus was released on April 5, 2019 and was close to number one on Billboard’s country music chart before Billboard disqualified it for not containing enough country elements and classifying it as R&B/ Hip hop reclassified.
YouTube last month celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first song to break the billion-view mark: Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which remains the top five most viewed music videos on the platform with 4.5 billion views and counting heard. The most viewed YouTube video of all time is the toddler smash hit “Baby Shark Dance,” which recently hit 11 billion views.
Lil Nas X celebrated the “Old Town Road” milestone of over 1 billion YouTube views in a Twitter post, cheering “WE DID IT!” along with a photo of a woman wearing a t-shirt that read “Old Bitches Winning” bears.
WE MADE IT ! pic.twitter.com/fsY2YVM6lI
— NASARATI (@LilNasX) August 11, 2022
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