Saturday, April 10, 2021

Lil Nas X “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” debuted a #1

Montero (Call Me by Your Name)

Lil Nas X

Writer(s): Montero Hill, Denzel Baptiste, David Biral, Omer Fedi (see lyrics here)

Released: March 26, 2021

First Charted: April 10, 2021

Peak: 11 BB, 11 DG, 12 ST, 12 RR, 17 A40, 15 UK, 11 CN, 12 AU (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 6.0 US, 1.2 UK, 10.15 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 1035.72 video, 1828.69 streaming


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About the Song:

Montero Lamar Hill, professionally known as Lil Nas X, was born in Georgia in 1999. He rose to fame in 2019 when his song “Old Town Road” spent 19 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, the longest-running #1 in the history of the chart. His double-platinum, #2 EP 7 followed, giving him another top-ten hit with “Panini.”

He released his first album, Montero, in 2021. It reached #2 and went platinum. The first single, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” was one of two #1 songs from the album (the other was “Industry Baby”) and one of three top-tens (“That’s What I Want,” #8).

The title of the song was inspired by the 2017 movie Call Me by Your Name, which Lil Nas X said was one of the first gay films he watched, explain, “I thought the theme was so dope, like calling somebody by your own name is love, keeping the love between you two.” BI

The artist came out as gay in 2019 while “Old Town Road” was lauching him to stardom. He said “Montero” was about a man who he fell in love with who was, as Lil Nas X saw it, still unhappy because he was living in the closet. BI The song also dealt with the pressures Lil Nas X faced “as a member of the LGBTQ+ community” and with fame. BI He said it was “the most real and the most vulnerable he’d ever been on a song.” BI

The song and video received praise from some liberal commentators but backlash from conservative figures. The “sexually charged music video…depicts Lil Nas X in a number of biblically-inspired scenes, including the artist riding a stripper pole to Hell, and giving a lap dance to Satan.” WK


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