If you went on social media in , chances are you saw something about viral musical sensation Lil Nas X, also known as the year-old rapper behind "Old Town Road" —the song everyone loves to love and hate. And now, it's earned three nominations at the Grammys, adding to Nas X's total of six nominations. Times , " and I know there is so much more to come, but the nominations gave me more validation than I already had given myself. What's the "All-Stars" all about? ET—because you're definitely not going to want to miss all that. It's also the top Google-searched song of It was quite a summer for the chart-topper, as he released a second single called "Panini" and proudly came out as gay at the end of Pride Month with a series of tweets. But with the latest record-breaking development, that's long behind Lil Nas X. Regardless, the star seemed to have sent a clear response to any haters with a remix of "Old Town Road" featuring bona fide country mainstay Billy Ray Cyrus—a move that only created more hype around the song after its initial release.
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It's also the most talked-about track of the year so far, thanks in part to the success it brought year old Dutch beatmaker Kiowa Roukema, aka YoungKio. He posted his track on Beatstars, thinking it was too weird to sell. He recorded a vocal part with engineer Cinco, and self-released the song on December 3rd, It went viral, and to date, the yeehaw videos have been viewed million times. A couple of weeks later it was controversially banned from the country chart for, supposedly, not being country enough. Arguably being a case of bad publicity also being good publicity, this created yet more publicity, not to mention endless debate about identity, race, power, culture, musical genre boundaries and so on. Billy Ray Cyrus. While the song was still making its way to the top of the charts, Columbia were already looking ahead, planning an alternate version that would carry on the trap-country mash-up theme. It is at this point that the story gets picked up by Andrew 'VoxGod' Bolooki, a Los Angeles-based vocal producer still in the early stages of his career, but already with major credits to his name like Linkin Park, Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony. I assumed it'd be a typical writing session for a country song.
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Written by Will Buckingham. Lil Nas X was over the moon. Not on SoundCloud. Not on iTunes. The Hot The ultimate pissing contest of pop success since as far back as anyone could remember. Lil Nas X already knew he had the number one song in America.
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