Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has officially been certified diamond, making it the first song released in 2019 to do so. It’s also the fastest song in history to reach the status
Columbia Records announced X’s hit “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus was certified diamond by the RIAA, making it the fastest song history to reach the milestone. The diamond certification is bestowed to albums or singles that sell at least 10,000,000 units. Other artists who have achieved this feat include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Eminem.
— chart data (@chartdata) October 22, 2019
Lil Nas took to Twitter to celebrate the milestone. “OLD TOWN ROAD IS OFFICIALLY DIAMOND!! 💎💎💎💎💎” he tweeted earlier today (October 23). He also tweeted a Spongebob meme in reference to an earlier promise he had jokingly made once the song reached diamond status.
OLD TOWN ROAD IS OFFICIALLY DIAMOND!! 💎💎💎💎💎 pic.twitter.com/3nR7fYJEE3
— nope (@LilNasX) October 23, 2019
Released independently in late 2018, “Old Town Road” became a viral sensation at the beginning of the year, thanks in large part to the “Yeehaw Challenge” meme on TikTok. The song has since been remixed many times, and has featured everyone from Young Thug to Mason Ramsey and BTS. The genre-defying track also prevented music heavyweights from securing No. 1 debuts, as it had occupied the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 consecutive weeks, making it the longest running No. 1 single in the chart’s history.