Mega-hit 'Old Town Road' breaks US singles chart record

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(CNN) - Mariah Carey probably figured that "One Sweet Day", an artist would break her record, and it has happened.

Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" recently set the precedent in 1996 - with the main tune verging on breaking it was the hit "Despacito", which tied the 16-week record in 2017.

Carey posted her congratulations with an edited photo showing her passing a torch to the rapper. We've been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. "Keep living your best life", she penned.

Controversy famously stoked the artist's rise to fame after Billboard removed the fusion novelty song from the country charts but left it on the rap list, triggering accusations that the Atlanta musician's work was pigeonholed purely because he is black.

Lil Nas X responded to Carey's tweet quickly, thanking her and letting her know he's a fan. "When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is musical composition".

There was a healthy following behind the song but it went to the next level after Billboard banned Old Town Road from their country charts, for allegedly failing to "embrace enough elements of today's country music", basically the song wasn't country enough according to them.

That caused an uproar and cries of racism, which Billboard denied.

"Old Town Road", which has made the majority of its encouraging through sound gushing, was initially an independent melody, however Lil Nas X added Billy Ray Cyrus to the track. Lil Nas X has also released two new remixes of the song.

The 20-year-old star replied immediately and hailed the "We Belong Together" hitmaker a "legend and an icon", while he admitted it was surreal getting a message from his idol.

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