Monday, June 17, 2024

Lil Nas X Can’t Believe His “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” Debuted at Number 1 After He Was Written Off


Lil Nas X is beside himself tonight.

His “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 1.

I told you on Friday that Buzz Angle and Hitsdailydouble already crowned “Montero” the number 1 single of the week despite its gay themes, mocking of Satan, and miscellaneous craziness. It was also pretty catchy.

The eye popping video didn’t hurt, either. On YouTube, the video is approaching 90 MILLION views. That’s, 90,000,000 in one week.

Lil Naz, whose real name is Montero, wrote on Twitter: “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”

He’s an interesting guy at age 22 this week. This is a brilliant kid. We may not be comfortable with all his ideas, but he’s making them all palatable. That’s shrewd on his part. And he’s writing this music. And lyrics with complex themes. So stay tuned. He’s going to be around for a while.

His surprise at being number 1 again is disarming. Remember, with “Old Town Road,” including the Billy Ray Cyrus remix, Lil Nas X ruled the charts for months in 2019. He was number 1 for 19 record breaking weeks. Everyone thought it was a fluke, a novelty record, and he’d be gone. We were wrong.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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