Lil Nas X has defied every single hater, soaring to UK number one with his new single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.
The artist earned the top spot this week with 6.8 million plays, 2.5 million of which were video streams.
The music video for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” was released on Friday (26 March), and saw the rapper have a make-out session with a snake-bodied, three-eyed alien, and pole dance down into hell to give Satan a lap dance.
Although some conservatives were absolutely fuming, most were in agreement that Lil Nas X had “saved 2021” with the song.
The track has inspired meme after meme and been praised for its unapologetically queer visuals.
As he dropped the video, Lil Nas X released a powerful letter to his 14-year-old self explaining how he’d never intended to become “that type of gay person”.
He wrote: “Dear 14-year-old Montero, I wrote a song with our name in it. It’s about a guy I met last summer.
“I know we promised to never come out publicly, I know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist.
“You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda.
“But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.
“Sending you love from the future. – LNX.”
Fans are hopeful that “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” will also scale the US Billboard chart, which Lil Nas X previously topped with “Old Town Road”.
Lil Nas X also released “Satan shoes” following the video’s release, containing a drop of human blood, which sparked a lawsuit from Nike.