31 Jul 2019

Lil Nas X breaks records in music history

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:28 pm on 31 July 2019

A young, rather unknown country rapper has broken records this week, with a 17-week run at the top of the US charts.

Lil Nas X beat out Mariah Carey to claim the title with his hit song Old Town Road. So how did this rap-country song become a viral hit? Our music producer Emile Donovan explains. 

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus in the video for 'Old Town Road'.

Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus in the video for 'Old Town Road'. Photo: Screenshot from YouTube/Lil Nas X

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