Billie Eilish song 'Bad Guy' ends Lil Nas X's record-breaking chart reign with 'Old Town Road'

Rapper and his collaborater Billy Ray Cyrus both congratulated the 17-year-old artist on her achievement

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 20 August 2019 07:33 BST
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Miley Cyrus is joined by Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X to play 'Old Town Road' at Glastonbury 2019

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Billie Eilish has ended Lil Nas X's record-breaking 19-week reign at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus broke the US record in July for the longest time a song had spent in the number one spot, over-taking the joint record of 16 weeks held by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with 2017's "Despacito", and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with "One Sweet Day".

The track made headlines in March after it was removed from the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, despite including many traditional qualities of a country song.

However, this only increased the song's popularity, and until this week the Billy Ray Cyrus version had been at the top of the charts since 13 April.

Both Nas and Cyrus congratulated 17-year-old Eilish on her achievement, with Nas writing: "Congratulations to Billie Eilish!! U deserve this!! [sic]." He also joked about being dropped from his record label after slipping from the top spot.

Cyrus tweeted: "Congratulations @billieeilish. Well deserved. Your persistence paid off. Thanks everybody. It was a hell of a ride."

Eilish will perform at Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend (24-25 August).

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