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Thanks to initial controversy, internet memes and more, Lil Nas X has dethroned Ariana Grande for the No. 1 song in the country.

“Old Town Road,” the “country trap” record from the Atlanta artist vaulted to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The chart is determined by weighing a combination of digital streams, radio airplay and digital sales data in the US.

“Old Town Road” was streamed over 47 million players in the last week of chart eligibility which ended this past Friday. The song was also downloaded 22,000 times and received an increase in radio play as the song became a controversial discussion point on race and the sanctity of country music. It was blown up even more when country star Billy Ray Cyrus added his vocals on a remix, which spawned even more memes and reaction points.

The buzz began to grow when “Old Town Road” arrived on not just the Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Country Songs chart. It was soon removed from the country chart due to the song “not embracing enough elements of today’s country music.” The move prompted Cyrus’ inclusion on the remix.

The even better news? Lil Nas X got his first No. 1 song on his 20th birthday.

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