Lil Nas X Makes History As ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Becomes His 2nd No. 1 Hit [Details]

Posted April 5, 2021

Lil Nas X has many reasons to celebrate this week, as the singer just snagged another No.1 hit thanks to his controversial single ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ which just hit the top of Billboard.

The song skyrockted to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts thanks to its controversial visual which had the world talking all last week

‘Montero’ now becomes his second Hot 100 No. 1, after his first breakthrough smash ‘Old Town Road,’ featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, reigned for a record 19 weeks in 2019.

“Montero,” released March 26 on Columbia Records, is the 1,120th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 62-year history. It’s the 51st single to debut at No. 1, and Lil Nas X’s first.

“Montero” drew 46.9 million U.S. streams and sold 21,000 downloads in the week ending April 1, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending April 4.

The track opens at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, where it’s Lil Nas X’s second leader, after “Old Town Road” ruled for a record 20 weeks, and No. 2 on Digital Song Sales. It was available in three versions in its first week: its original version; its “Satan’s Extended Version”; and its “But Lil Nas X Is Silent the Entire Time” instrumental version (all sale-priced as of March 30 to 69 cents).

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” dominated the Hot 100 for 19 weeks beginning on the April 13, 2019-dated chart. On the Aug. 3, 2019, survey, it spent its record-breaking 17th week on top, passing the 16-week No. 1s “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, in 2017, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” in 1995-96.

“Montero” is Lil Nas X’s fifth Hot 100 entry, all of which have hit the top 40. Between his two leaders, he charted with “Rodeo,” with Cardi B/Nas (No. 22 peak, July 2019); “Panini” (No. 5, September 2019); and “Holiday” (No. 37, November 2020).

“Montero” references Lil Nas X’s real name, Montero Lamar Hill (and is the second Hot 100 No. 1 in less than a year to shout-out the name of the artist that recorded it, after “The Scotts” by The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi). In a statement accompanying the release of “Montero” (whose profile was also boosted in the tracking week by the arrival of, and subsequent legal action regarding, his #satanshoes line), Lil Nas X wrote that the song “begs the question: do you truly love your neighbor as yourself, enough to call them by your own name?”

Justin Bieber’s “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, drops to No. 2 a week after debuting atop the Hot 100. The song slips from No. 1 to No. 2 on Streaming Songs (27.1 million, down 12%) and falls 3-7 on Digital Song Sales (11,000, down 31%), while entering Radio Songs at No. 34 (23.2 million, up 92%), as it wins the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award.

via Billboard

Lil Nas X took to Instagram on Monday evening to react to the news.

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Congrats to LNX!

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