Looks like music fans were happy to follow Lil Nas X straight to hell.
The artist has just scored his second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” debuts on top of the chart. His first number one was, of course, “Old Town Road,” in 2019.
“Montero” racked up 46.9 million streams and sold 21,000 downloads in its first week according to MCR Data, Billboard reports. Many of those streams were no doubt a result of Nas’ wildly controversial video, in which he rides a stripper pole to Hell, gives Satan a lap dance and then murders him and takes his throne.
As if that wasn’t enough publicity, Nas also made headlines with his “Satan Shoes,” featuring drops of real human blood and the Bible quote “Luke 10:18″ — “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” — embroidered on the side. Nike subsequently sued MSCHF, the company that produced the shoes, for ripping off its Air Max 97 design.
And on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, cast member Chris Redd portrayed Lil Nas X giving a lap dance to God, “just to even things out.”
Thrilled to have escaped the “one-hit wonder” tag, Lil Nas X tweeted, “y’all told a 19 year old who had just escaped the lowest point of his life that he would never have a hit again. you told him to stop while he’s ahead. he could’ve gave up. but 4 multi platinum songs and 2 #1’s later, he’s still here. thank you to my team and my fans! ily.”
Oh, and he also posted a SpongeBob meme showing a villain cackling maniacally, and captioned it, “me after getting a song about gay sex to the top of the billboard charts.”
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