Drake‘s 2018 track “God’s Plan” was originally certified diamond in September, about 20 months after its official release, making it the fastest-selling diamond record of all-time at the time. It appears, however, Lil Nas X has beaten Drake’s pace while also becoming the first diamond track of 2019. The artist also broke the record for the longest number 1 streak on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart.
Although Columbia Records announced “Old Town Road” has reached diamond status, many speculate they specifically are talking about the Billy Ray Cyrus version, as the original track released independently in late 2018. Earlier in July Lil Nas X announced the original tune went diamond, however, the RIAA was quick to correct the status of the single, claiming it to be 3-times platinum.
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— chart data (@chartdata) October 22, 2019
OLD TOWN ROAD JUST WENT DIAMOND!!!! WTFFFFFF pic.twitter.com/kvhQ0n0kRp
— nope (@LilNasX) July 3, 2019
— RIAA (@RIAA) July 3, 2019