Everybody loves a horse race. That’s why it’s fun when someone like Lil Naz X comes along and scores big against the best in the world, in his case, with a record breaking hit song, “Old Town Road.” The Taylor Swift’s and the Ed Sheeran’s couldn’t beat him. He held the number one position on the Billboard chart for 19 weeks, longer than any artist in history…longer than Mariah, Madonna or Beyonce…longer than all the one-names.
Then 17 year old Billie Eilish challenged the 20 year old by hanging in the weeds with her “Bad Guy” hit. When the leader started to weaken, as he inevitably would, she struck and took away that first position.
But which horse in this race has the longer tail? “Bay Guy” is not likely to have the lasting power of “Old Town Road.” Songs like “Old Town Road” come along infrequently. But which artist will have the longer career? That is the real question and the answer may not be the one that’s obvious at this time.
Billie Eilish is only seventeen, but she has a four year career with a series of minor hits, all building to this moment. She’s proven she can write appealing songs consistently. By contrast, Lil Naz X has had one explosive hit, which will be very hard for him to follow. His second song “Panini” has gotten good exposure by drafting the monster hit, but it does not have the magic X was able to package in his breakthrough hit? Just a guess, but in the long term horse race between these two, it feels like Ms. Eilish has a shot to cross the finish line more often. It all depends on the next couple releases from Lil Naz X…will he fade or is he able to make another charge? Check back in ten years when this is resolved.
If you have been following along with us this summer, you know that Lil Nas X, week after week, has had his name in the middle of something popular. It has all been driven by his giant summer hit “Old Town Road,” which has been staring down at the competition for over four months. Now with it’s 17th week atop the list, it surpasses Mariah Carey’s 1995 hit “One Sweet Day” for the longest time spent on the Billboard top 100 list. Pretty wild when you think about how quickly all this has transpired for the young country singing rapper.
Mariah handled the situation with class and respect. Holding the record for nearly 25 years, she put up an Instagram post that showed her with a torch passing it to Lil Nas X in front of a Billboard backdrop. The post’s opening line reads “Sending love and congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history!” Well said, very gracious. Summer 2019 belongs to Lil Nas X.
Lil Nas X is being sued $25 million over Carry On, a song he released before Old Time Road. A company called The Music Force claims to own the copyright of a song titled “Carry On” by Bobby Caldwell. The company also says that Lil Nas X’s song Carry On hijacked parts of this Caldwell song from the 1980s.
Lil Nas is signed with Sony Music. The Music Force is suing Sony Music along with Lil Nas. The Music Force wants $10 million in damages to “remedy the confusion in the marketplace” and $15 million in punitive damages. Sony Music certainly has the financial power to put up a good fight in court.
Spoiler Alert … It is VERY underwhelming!
Lil Nas X burst onto the music scene through the hit song Old Town Road (and Old Town Road Remix) which has sat atop the Billboard Top 100 charts for 12 straight weeks now. An amazing feat for the up and coming 20 year old music & meme artist.
Fan’s of Lil Nas X and the music world have been anxiously awaiting what was to come next as he continued to define his image and brand in the music industry. What was next was the release of his EP “7” which dropped on Wednesday June 27th. The EP has 8 songs including both Old Town Road, and Old Town Road Remix, thus 6 new tracks. It’s run time is a mere 18 minutes and change, about long enough to listen to while taking a shower and getting ready for school or work.
The EP features the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus (obviously) as well as a song with Cardi B, called Rodeo. Rodeo maybe is the closest song to Old Town Road in terms of the mixture of a country and rap feel, outside of Cardi B’s verses of course. The other songs are kind of all over the place, ending abruptly at times, while never really establishing a theme or flow throughout the EP. “Panini” the second song on the EP, is rather a catchy trap beat with relatable lyrics, and likely will be the new song that grabs the most traction off this EP.
For me personally, the EP was a total disaster. I was (am) a big fan of the Old Town Road songs, and continue to listen to them in daily rotation. However, as far as the rest of the EP goes, I’ll take Panini for my playlist and toss the rest in the do not touch folder. Lil Nas X is only 20, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s made some rookie mistakes and has failed to create an identity for himself with this EP.
X sounded like a combination of Kid Cudi & Khalid, but as if the Monstars from Space Jam stole their talent and forced the artist into the studio to perform. The EP gets a C- from me, and that is only because of Old Town Road. Remove Old Town Road from the equation and you’ve got yourself a major clunker. Hopefully Lil Nas X can rebound from this disappointment of an EP or he’ll find his name added to a famous list of “One and Done” artists that reads LOL Nas X.
“Drizzy” Drake has had quite the month of June. He has announced that he is in “album mode”, his beloved Raptors have won their first NBA Championship, and he released a two pack of songs to follow. One of those two songs, Money in the Grave, has debuted in the Hot 100, which was the icing on the cake for Drake’s June of successes.
With Money in the Grave debuting as number 7 in the Hot 100, Drake’s thirty-fifth top 10 track, he breaks the tie at thirty-four with The Beatles for the second most top 10 songs all the time. Any record that is broken previously held by someone with such prestige like The Beatles is an incredible feat, and yet another accolade to add on to the long list of accomplishments in Drake’s career to date.
Next up on the list for Drake is icon Madonna, whom Drake ironically has a song named after. She has 38 Top 10’s all-time, and there is little doubt that Drake will break her record in due time. Take into account the fact that he has done all this in a span of just over 10 years, one can imagine that he will not only break her record, but set a bar to be broken so high it almost seems implausible.
Suffice to say, June was a pretty good month for Canadian icon Aubrey “Drake” Graham.