After a week of controversy, meme-making, and some of the most sublime shitposting the internet has ever seen, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”Lil Nas X’s Call Me By Your Name-referencing new single, which arrived last week with an ultra-horny, ultra-biblical video — has hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The track unseats Justin Bieber’s “Peaches”, which itself was No. 1 for one week, displacing Cardi B’s “Up”. Lil Nas X responded to the news on Twitter with a sweet, rare display of earnestness: “y’all told a 19 year old who had just escaped the lowest point of his life that he would never have a hit again. you told him to stop while he’s ahead. he could’ve gave up. but 4 multi platinum songs and 2 #1’s later, he’s still here. thank you to my team and my fans! ily”

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After that display of earnestness, he switched to his usual, most inspiring mode: trolling. Tweets celebrating the song’s ascendance to No. 1 include: “SUCK MY DICK! LETS GOOOO!!”; “LETS GO GAY AGENDA!!!!”; “i hope my haters are sad. i hope they are crying. i want your tears to fill my grammy cup.”; and “god i am gonna do so much sex tonight”.

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“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” was released last week alongside a music video and a commemorative pair of “Satan shoes”. All three things were immediately met with criticism from religious conservatives, with Governor Kristi Noem saying the shoes are emblematic of “a fight for the soul of our nation” and Nike attempting to sue MSCHF, the company that customised the shoes. The song is Lil Nas X’s second No. 1, after 2019’s record-breaking “Old Town Road”.

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