Report: Lil Nas X to Play Stagecoach With Billy Ray Cyrus
Country crossover rapper Lil Nas X is allegedly expected to make a surprise appearance at Stagecoach alongside Billy Ray Cyrus in 2019, according to a report from Billboard. The pair will likely perform the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Old Town Road" -- the first public performance of the massively popular breakout song.
Lil Nas X, a social media breakout turned cultural phenom, skyrocketed to fame earlier in 2019 after "Old Town Road" racked up success on the TikTok app. The song debuted -- and was promptly removed from -- the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and hot debate over whether or not the track should be included in country charts ensued.
That's where Cyrus comes in. The country star was quick to champion the country legitimacy of "Old Town Road" on social media, and soon teamed up with Lil Nas X for a remixed version of the track that includes an additional verse from the country stalwart. Thanks in part to that bump in country cred, "Old Town Road" crept onto the Billboard Country Airplay chart, clocking in at No. 53 for the week of April 13. At the time, Headline Planet suggested that the song's chart position at country radio could be attributed in large part to novelty spins from widely syndicated talk shows like The Bobby Bones Show.
Meanwhile, the song scorched the Billboard Hot 100 chart, coming in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week during the week of April 27. The track amassed 143 million streams in the week ending April 11, per Nielsen Music, besting the single-week streaming record previously held by rapper Drake's "In My Feelings" (at 116.2 million.)
In addition to the reported Stagecoach appearance, Lil Nas X is slotted to play the Days of Summer Cruise Fest in June as well as hip-hop festival JMBLYA in May. Stagecoach will kick off on Friday (April 26) and run through Sunday (April 28).