” Old Town Road ” (also titled as ” Old Town Road ( I Got the Horses in the Back ) ” ) is by Lil Nas X, the American rapper.
The rapper, singer and songwriter, real name Montero Lamar Hill, was born on the 9th of April 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
The song was released on the 3rd of December 2018 under the record label Columbia, part of Sony Music Entertainment.
Written by Montero Hill, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ( songwriting credits ), the latter two also get production credit along with YoungKio ( Kiowa Roukema ), the Dutch music producer.
He is from Purmerend, a city located in the province of North Holland. YoungKio has been given producer credit because of the beats used in the composition of the single.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are both members of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. Working as a team, they won an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film The Social Network back in 2010. The pair picked up another Grammy Award in 2013 for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their film soundtrack to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
” Old Town Road “, which features a banjo along with trap drums, is a mixture of country music and rap.
The song, samples ” 34 Ghosts IV “, a song by Nine Inch Nails’ from Ghosts I–IV, their sixth studio album.
The single had initially been released independently. It soon became popular on TikTok, the social video-sharing app owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance. From there it was picked up by Columbia Records who signed Lil Nas X.
At the time of writing, there are two versions of the single that has been released so far. A remix, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, the country music singer-songwriter best known for his chart-topping single ” Achy Breaky Heart “, and another remix which features American rapper Young Thug. This is yet to be released.
The song’s length is one minute and fifty-three seconds, making it the fifth-shortest number-one single since the Billboard Hot 100 Chart began in 1955 and the shortest Number One since 1965.
After release, ” Old Town Road ” gained more publicity after it was removed from the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, the move caused a debate as to what defines country music. It had reached number nineteen before the removal, had it been allowed to stay, the song would have topped the chart.
The accompanying music video is made up of footage and clips from Red Dead Redemption 2, the Western action-adventure game by Rockstar Games.
The video was published on Lil Nas X’s official YouTube channel on the 2nd of December 2018. To date, it has been viewed over 56.6 million times.
The video for the Billy Ray Cyrus remix was uploaded on the 4th of April 2019 and had, to date, been viewed 80.3 million times.
” Old Town Road ” has become a commercial success for Lil Nas X. In the United States, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
It reached number sixteen on the Mainstream Top 40 and twenty-five on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart ( both versions of the song counted at one placement ).
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 4th of April 2019 and peaked at Number One.
To date, it has held the position for two weeks. The single has spent three weeks in the Top Ten and five weeks in the Top 100.
” Old Town Road ” has also topped the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands and Norway.
( Chart positions are approx, the song may move up or down on the chart )
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
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