LIL NAS X’S ‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ BECOMES THE HIGHEST CERTIFIED SONG IN RIAA HISTORY

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Lil Nas X is celebrating a major milestone with “Old Town Road” this weekend.

“Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has become the highest certified song ever by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), reaching 14-times platinum status in the U.S. — accumulating 14 million in equivalent song units.

According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.

Lil Nas X reacted to the news on social media on Saturday (Jan. 9).

“OLD TOWN ROAD IS OFFICIALLY 14 TIMES PLATINUM! MOST PLATINUMS FOR ANY SONG EVER! LETS GOOO!” he wrote. (SZA had the top comment on his Instagram post, where fans were quick to upvote the praise she offered: “BRUH !!! Lmao what’s higher than diamond !????? I can’t even think of a gem JUST GIVE HIM THE RADIO.”)

Meanwhile, Cyrus tweeted, “Incredible. I’m speechless. #OTR is now 14x platinum and the most certified song in music history.”

 

Article written by: Ashley Iasimone

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach

Link: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/9509238/lil-nas-x-old-town-road-riaa-history-14-times-platinum/

 

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