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Lil Nas X's chart-topper adds records

Associated Press

Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of “Old Town Road.”

The song that beat out Mariah Carey and “Despacito” to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Hot 100 chart has now set records on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot rap songs charts, respectively.

“Old Town Road,” which features Billy Ray Cyrus and is spending its 19th week at No. 1, surpasses the record set by Drake's “One Dance” on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Drake's track spent 18 weeks at No.1.

On the Hot rap songs chart, where Lil Nas X's county-rap tune is also spending its 19th week on top, the 20-year-old beats the record set by Drake's “Hotline Bling,” Iggy Azalea's “Fancy” and Missy Elliott's “Hot Boyz.” The latter three songs each spent 18 weeks at No.1.

“Old Town Road” is now spending its 19th week on top of the Hot 100 chart.

MTV to honor Elliott

Missy Elliott, one of the most iconic players in the history of music videos, will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Monday that Elliott will also perform Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Since her debut video for “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997, where she sported an inflated trash bag with confidence and charisma, Elliott has been a powerhouse on the music video scene with an oddball, eccentric and creative style that's inspired generations after her.

Elliott became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year.

VetsAid lineup set

Joe Walsh will be joined by ZZ Top, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at his VetsAid music festival to benefit veterans.

The award-winning musician announced Monday that tickets for the Nov. 10 concert at the Toyota Center in Houston will go on sale Friday.

In its first two years, net proceeds have allowed VetsAid to disburse nearly $1.2 million in grants. Grants this year will go to Houston-area organizations.

In a statement, Walsh says “all are welcome to celebrate the things that unite us as Americans: good friends, open hearts and great music!”

Walsh's father died while stationed on Okinawa, Japan, when the musician was 20 months old. He offers free guitar lessons to wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Medical Center, outside Washington.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Kevin Tighe is 75. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 60. Actor John Slattery is 57. Actress Debi Mazar is 55. Actress Quinn Cummings is 52. Singer Andy Griggs is 46. Actress Kathryn Fiore is 40. Actor Sebastian Stan is 37. Singer James Morrison is 35. Actress Lennon Stella is 20.


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