First, we had ‘Despacito’ by Justin Bieber and co. which used to reign supreme as the biggest song in history, but now Lil Nas X has stolen the crown with ‘Old Town Road’, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The country rap pop masterpiece was certified as 14 times platinum on Saturday, January 9th (American time), which tipped the scales to make the song the biggest in the 69-year history of the RIAA.
Lil Nas X took to Instagram to celebrate the massive milestone.
“OLD TOWN ROAD IS OFFICIALLY 14 TIMES PLATINUM. MOST PLATINUMS FOR ANY SONG EVER! LETS GOOO!” He posted.
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His celebratory post earnt congratulations from some of music’s elite.
“BRUH !!! Lmao what’s higher than diamond !????? I can’t even think of a gem JUST GIVE HIM THE RADIO,” posted SZA.
“AMAZING BROO!! 👏🏽😭🔥🔥,” replied King Imprint.
“Incredible. I’m speechless. #OTR is now 14x platinum and the most certified song in music history,” Billy Ray Cyrus posted of the song, which he features on.
Previous platinum chart-toppers that Lil Nas X has overtaken include Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s ‘One Sweet Day’, Usher’s ‘Yeah!’.
Before this weekend, Lil Nas X was on par with ‘All of Me’ by John Legend and ‘Despacito’ by Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, and Justin Bieber, which are both certified 13x Platinum.
Ironically, many have credited the success of ‘Old Town Road’ to Bieber himself. In March 2019, Biebs jumped on Instagram to praise the song. “This shit bangs,” the pop star wrote, accompanied by a picture of Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road.’
The post helped the song go viral and reach an audience it may not usually reach.
ICYMI, the video clip for the musical masterpiece is iconic, revisit it below.