Billboard Magazine reports:
Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a 16th week, tying the record for the most time tallied at No. 1 in the chart’s six-decade history.
“Road” matches Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which spent a record 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2017 and 1995-96, respectively.
The rapper has dominated the Hot 100 in part by exploiting Billboard’s murky remix policy, which counts the original song and its remixes as one when it comes to calculating chart position (as long as the remixes don’t deviate too far in composition).
Lil Nas X has released four official versions of ‘Old Town Road,’ the newest of which, featuring rapper Young Thug and viral star Mason Ramsey, came just last week, in time to push listening numbers up ahead of week 16.