Some of Mariah Carey‘s fans weren’t happy about Lil Nas X breaking her Billboard Hot 100 record.
His song “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus surpassed her and Boyz II Men‘s record for the longest-running number one single in Billboard Hot 100 history on Monday, July 29.
Their track “One Sweet Day” spent sixteen weeks atop the chart in 1995 and 1996 while “OTR” just broke theirs with seventeen weeks.
Mariah, 49, and Boyz II Men have shared the 16-week record with Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee‘s (featuring Justin Bieber) “Despacito” since the summer of 2017. The pop legend and R&B group held it before that for almost twelve years.
The “Fantasy” singer congratulated Lil Nas, 20, on Instagram Monday after news broke about his accomplishment.
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Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We've been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! ❤ One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who's ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.
“Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history!” she wrote. “We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many.”
“Keep living your best life!” she continued. “One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”
Not everyone was happy with Mariah being dethroned and let their feelings be heard in the comments section of her Instagram post.
“This just hurts my heart,” one wrote. “Okay but only one was accomplished with PURE SALES… don’t be so humble when the record was really something back when you set the standard mama,” another one chimed in.
Getting to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 is far different now compared to when “One Sweet Day” was on the charts. It wasn’t too long ago when songs relied on sales and airplay only in order for them to maneuver to the top whereas aspects like streaming and YouTube views now play a part in who takes the top spot.
Mariah’s fans continued to bring that up, writing “Truly the end of an era. Streaming has ruined music.”
“He doesnt deserve it bc he keeps releasing remixes to break that record,” another wrote. Lil Nas, 20, released several remixes of “OTR” since its original release that featured artists like Diplo and Young Thug.
Lil Nas showed love for Mariah’s words on Instagram, calling her a “LEGEND,” which, let’s be honest here, isn’t even arguable.
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last year in october 🎃 , as a struggling artist 🤦🏾♂️starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube👨🏾💻. i remember clicking on so many generic sounding beats🥁😞trying to find the right one for me🤔. when suddenly i came across a country-trap 👨🏾🌾🏚sounding masterpiece🤩. i immediately knew i would make something special out of it🤯💭⚡️! my sister👩🏽 told me i had little time left ⏳before i had to leave her house 🏠 after being there for months📆 promoting my music🎶 online 🤳🏾and not helping🤷🏾♂️ her out much. i was so upset 😔! i used it as motivation for the song🎼! i jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner 🚶🏾♂️ cowboy🤠 needing to 🏃🏾run away from it all🎭! I went out 👟👟 on my sister’s back porch 😶 and listened to the beat 🎧OVER 🔄& OVER 🔄& OVER🔄!! then it came to me😳!! in my best singing voice😮 i sung🎶 “YEAHHH IM GONNA TAKE MY HORSE🐎 TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD 🛣 IM GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE 😔😔” I LOVED IT ALREADY! i started to work on it👨🏾🎨 👉🏾EVERY SINGLE DAY👈🏾. it needed to be funny🤣, it needed to be catchy🤗🎵, it needed to be hip hop 🗣🔥, it needed to be country🐴🍺, & it needed to be short👌🏾!! by the time i was finished 😅 setting it up 💁🏾♂️ i was out of my sister’s crib🏡 and at my brothers 👨🏾🦱 place. on ☃️🌬december 2️⃣nd i went into the studio 🎤🎤🎼 & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD🐎🤩✨ & put it out the exact same 🗓day!! did i know it would become the longest running number 1️⃣ song of all time? 🤔NO! ‼️ but i am so thankful🙏🏾 that this blessing ✨ has been placed upon me🤠. this song has changed my life🤩🤩🤩 and the way i see the world🌎🌍around me🙋🏾♂️ in less than a year📈. thank you to every single person☝️ who has been apart of this journey🌄. as i said😯 before, it’s just the beginning! 🖤🤠🐎⚡️
He also reflected on his journey to getting to this point in an emoji-filled Instagram post that he shared after Billboard posted about his exciting news.
Do you think Lil Nas deserves to have this record or should it still be Mariah’s?