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“Old Town Road” is Officially the Highest Certified Song in RIAA History



"Old Town Road" Is Officially The Highest Certified Song In RIAA History
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Lil Nas X has achieved yet another historic milestone. His debut single “Old Town Road” featuring Bill Ray Cyrus makes history as the highest certified song ever. The country-rap song went 14 times Platinum. The song is past diamond status and was the quickest song to ever do so.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the single has sold over 14 million units since its initial release in December 2018. A unit is equal to a single digit song sale or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.

The song also made history back in 2019, topping the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 19 consecutive weeks. This is still the longest a song has ever dominated the charts.

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Lil Nas X also became the first openly gay Black male rapper to receive a Country Music Award. His debut single won him and Cyrus two Grammys for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video in 2020.

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Lil Nas X took to Twitter to announce the good news after the big win went viral. The 21-year-old on January 9th tweeted, “OLD TOWN ROAD IS OFFICIALLY 14 TIMES PLATINUM! MOST PLATINUMS FOR ANY SONG EVER! LETS GOOO!”

Billy Ray also shared the good news with his Twitter followers. He tweeted

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“Incredible. I’m speechless. #OTR is now 14x platinum and the most certified song in music history. Thank YOU! @LilNasX @YoungKio @Dopebyaccident @theRonPerry @ColumbiaRecords @bolooki.”

Previously, the highest certified songs were John Legend’s All Of Me and Luis Fonsi’s Despacito, which featured Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. Both songs were certified 13 times Platinum.

Congratulations to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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20 Most Watched Songs in YouTube



20 Most Watched Songs in YouTube

Listening to a new or trending song for the first time may lure you to try and open YouTube to watch its video. They are often interesting to the extent of making you click the replay more than twice. At the time, you dance to the tune and try to master the lyrics and moves to sing and dance along like these songs. In this list we have covered the most watched songs in YouTube.

What are the Most-Watched Songs on YouTube?

1.    Baby Shark Dance

Both adults and children listen to soothing and fun songs across the world. They learn the lyrics fast and may dance to it with ease.

2.    Despacito

It has a groovy beat accompanied by a mix of Spanish and English that makes you want to sing. You may mumble its chorus, record yourself, and laugh about it later.

3.    Shape of You

The successful pop truck captured the hearts of many who loved music with storylines. Its lyrics and ending in sumo wrestling are attributed to the many views.

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4.    See You Again

The loss of Fast and Furious star amazed many who related to the song. People kept on watching it because it influenced their lives.

5.    Uptown Funk

Both the old skool and millennials relate to the song with its diverse effect. Both the lyrics, beats, and dance styles make you want to get high on the dance floor.

6.    Gangnam Style

It was the first-ever music video to exceed YouTube’s view limit because it was surreal. Psy’s horse-galloping moves attracted people across the world.

7.    Sorry

No one could resist watching Bieber sing his heart out, apologizing to a loved one. It relates with most of them who could try mastering its dance moves.

8.    Sugar

No one would want to miss out on seeing Maroon 5 surprise a bride on her wedding day. It gives an exciting and joyous feeling to viewers.

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9.    Roar

The charisma and courage of Katy Pery to face a wildcat and conquer it inspired many. Her voice roared out in the hearts of many to watching it.

10. Shake it Off

Taylor Swift gets dorky in the video as she changes to many characters. Its cheesy lines and pop flow makes it even better.

11. Counting Stars

It begins in slow motion then heats up with the booming beats and changes to high pitch and tone. It is also interesting that it featured a crocodile.

12. Thinking Out Loud

Apart from his angelic voice, the crowd never had the hang of the rumba dance. They could replay it to try and learn them.

13. Bailando

The Spanish-English mix was not the only thing that lured netizens to the video. The couple flip, come hither, and salsa spin dances amazed many.

14. Leon On

Everyone was curious about how the Indian culture dance would fit in an English song. Major Lazer never disappointed.

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15. Dark House

The Egyptian setting and the magical effect seemed to be the leading reason for the many views.

16. Hello

Its release during Fall and the use of sad chords enticed viewers to watch and listen to the talented Adelle.

17. Let Her Go

The storyline is amazing and away from the ordinary. It’s a story of love that ends in an unsought breakup.

18. Faded

The lyrics blend with the music and the video perfectly matches the mood with its fantasy castle effect.

19. Blank Space

Everyone wanted to see how the feminist Taylor Swift changed for a moment in the beautiful video.

20. Girls Like You

It was a diverse video that included girls from all walks of life with different personalities some of whom were famous.

Final Word

The most-watched YouTube music videos garnered billions of views. People loved watching them because of their unique features. Check them out on YouTube to test how you like them.

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Most Liked Video on YouTube



Most Liked Video on YouTube

The most entertaining and inspiring YouTube videos get the most views and likes. It comes after those meant to make you feel relaxed or try something new. Those with the most trending gossip often receive quick likes that last as long as the trend is on.

Here are some of the most liked YouTube videos that communicate with their audience effectively.

What are the Most Liked Videos on YouTube?

1. Despacito

Despacito has a globalized sound having a mix of English, Latin, and Caribbean pop. Many people loved its beats and dance moves which they could try out every time they watched the video. Justin Bieber featuring in it also made it rock YouTube likes owing to his popularity.

Views: 7.1 Billion

2. See You Again

When you bring together two creative artists and a famous movie, all you’ll have is likes and views. Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa did their best in paying tribute to Paul Walker in the song See You Again. The crowds fell in love with it and could not resist hitting the thumbs up button.

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Views: 4.9 Billion

3. Shape of You

Less than a hundred days was all it took for the song’s video to amass massive likes on YouTube. Ed Sheeran kept his fans waiting for years after producing the song’s lyrics before he came up with a heartfelt video. Many related to the lyrics and its beauty inspired the liking.

Views: 5.1 Billion

4. Baby Shark Dance

No one would want to miss the Baby Shark dance that trended for the better part of the year. People kept viewing the video as they mastered the lyrics and the dance move. It inspired the many likes since both kids and adults joined in for the fun Baby Shark Challenge.

Views : 7.7 Billion

5. Dynamite

Dynamite is full of Retro vibes from back in the 70s that makes you want to sing along. BTS had their best chance taking it after releasing the song to their worldwide audience that loves their hits. People loved their diversity, making them like the video.

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Views: 809 Million

6. Faded

Once you listen to Faded a couple of times, you tend to memorize it. The fact that it is simple and the beats are in slow motion makes it one of the most liked videos. Those that have ever been heartbroken in any way best related with the song appreciating it with thumbs up.

Views: 2.9 Billion

7. Boy with Luv

Love comes from relating and liking the small things in life. BTS and Halsey made the most out of the lyrics as they sang their hearts out. Their massive fans around the globe could not help but like their work of art.

Views: 1.1 Billion

8. Gangnam Style

Gangnam style evoked many social media discussions because of its hype, fun, and unique nature. Psy makes fun of a fancy district and its people making viewers across the world find the video hilarious.

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Views: 3.9 Billion

9. Alone

Feeling homesick comes all the time when you are away from people who used to be close to you. Many have felt this feeling of loneliness and could not help but watch the video. Marshmello used a dog and its owner made it even easier to love for its simple nature.

Views: 1.14 Billion

10.  ‘Kill This Love’ M/V

Blackpink‘s dance styles are unbeatable, but some may manage to try to move their bodies. Fans watched out for the video and could not help but love the production, voices, and vocals. The girl band had their luck once again where they earned themselves many likes in the video.

Views: 1.1 Billion

Final Word

Most Liked Video on YouTube

The above videos received the most likes depending on their connection to the owners’ fans. Those with great content tend to reach out to many who love and liking them in large numbers.

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Keyshia Cole Apologizes For Lateness in Verzuz Battle With Ashanti



Keyshia Cole Apologizes For Lateness in Verzuz Battle With Ashanti
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If you keep up with the Verzuz battle as you did with the Kardashians, you know that the Keyshia Cole and Ashanti battle experienced some delays.

Their first battle was expected to happen on the 12th of December last year but got postponed when Ashanti tested positive for coronavirus. 

After a couple of tests that proved she was negative, their Verzuz battle was later slated for the seventh but pushed to a later date due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases. 

The two R&B stars went head-on on the 21st of January, a battle that saw Ashanti win.

We are assuming that Keyshia Cole’s loss could be owed to her lateness. Fans got upset when the Heaven Sent singer came one hour late.

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Verzuz Ashanti
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 22: Ashanti Douglas attends “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” first holiday party of the year at STK Los Angeles on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Lifetime)

Most of them were tired of the many delays surrounding the battle and raised their concerns on social media.

The singer came forth to ask for an apology from her fans, saying, 

“I want to apologize for not sitting my ass in that seat, because I was there and I should’ve sat down.”

Keyshia also became skeptical about the blurred visuals after being informed by OT Genesis. In the apology statement, she said,

I don’t want to go on and they not see me and I’m looking blurry, the connection is not right and everything like that.”

Do you accept the apology? Let us know below. Stay with us for more news updates.

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11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers



Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers
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Music is not the only road to fame, even for some rappers. The likes of Cardi B and DreamDoll were already famous for appearances in reality TV. Shaq and Dame DOLLA had already made their names in basketball, while Drake and Jaden Smith were acting before rap.

The following is a list of hip hop artists who rose to fame before they became rappers.

Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

Kanye West

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers
Photo: Angel Laws West (foreground) working in the studio with his mentor No I.D. 6 October 2008

Kanye West started as a music producer. In the mid-’90s to the early 2000s, Kanye West produced beats for upcoming artists such as Grav, D-Dot, and the Go-Getters.

Kanye’s career break came when he began producing for Roc-A-Fella records. He is credited for making Jay-Z’s career for his contributions to the rap billionaire’s 2001 album The Blueprint.

In 2002, Kanye began making his name as a rapper when he released his debut Through the Wire. He made a significant entry in the rap industry through his debut album The College Dropout, which rose to second place in the Billboard 200 chart.


11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

The four-times Grammy Awards winner started as an actor. In the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, Drake played Jimmy Brook, aka Wheelchair Jimmy. The role ended when his character was shot in the back in a feat of vengeance by another character.

Drake acted in the teen drama until 2008, just a few months before dropping the mixtape So Far Gone, which basically made his career. Clearly, acting was not his calling considering his Billboard records, including the highest number of charted songs in the Billboard Hot 100.

Childish Gambino

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

You probably saw him rapping in This is America, one of his best singles, and wondered where else you had seen him. Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, has been on TV since the early 2000s as both an actor and comedian.

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He was part of the since disbanded NYU-based comedy group Derrick Comedy, which had more than 200k subscribers on YouTube.

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

Gambino was also a writer for 30 Rock, an NBC comedy series. He also was part of the cast of NBC comedy series Community.

Even while in the world of TV, he was still producing music. He started making a mark in music in 2011 when he released his first album Camp.

Jaden Smith

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers
<> at Cinemark 17 on May 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.

When you’re the son of Will Smith, fame is a guarantee. But Jaden is also an actor, who first co-starred with his father in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness. Other notable roles include The Karate Kid, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and After Earth.

He first ventured into music in 2010 when he featured in Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. A year later, he released his debut mixtape, The Cool Cafe. He has since produced two studio albums and is working on a third.

However, he returned to acting in 2017 after taking a break to work on his music.

Cardi B

11 Hip Hop Artists Who Rose to Fame Before they Became Rappers

Her feisty personality and to-die-for looks had already made Cardi B famous on social media and reality TV. She started gaining a following back in 2013 by uploading funny yet honest videos on her Vine and Instagram accounts.

In 2005, she joined VH1’s reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York. The show showcased not only her feisty personality but also her musical aspiration.


Now, the Bodak Yellow artist and former stripper is recognized by Forbes as the most influential rappers of all time and is the only woman who has won Grammy’s Best Rap Album as a solo artist.

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Like Cardi B, DreamDoll rose to fame through reality television. She appeared in the sixteenth season of the Bad Girls Club in 2016. Her getting kicked out of the show on accusations of bullying and assault only made her more famous.

A year later, she was on Love & Hip Hop: New York. That same year she ventured into music, releasing her first EP, Life In Plastic. In 2019, DreamDoll made a mark in the rap industry through a Tory Lanez diss track.

Bhad Bhabie


Bhad Bhabie, aka Danielle Bregoli, was already famous before music for appearing on Dr. Phil in 2016 as a troubled teen. She presented as disrespectful and effortlessly defiant and was quickly an inspiration for several viral memes. “Catch me outside, how “bout that,” she threatened her mother on the show.

A year later, in September 2017, she was signed By Atlantic Records in a multimillion-dollar deal. Her debut single, These Heaux, made her the youngest female rapper to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Nick Cannon


Nick Cannon rose to fame in 1998 through Nickelodeon’s sketch Comedy All That. However, before that, he was part of a 3-person rap group called Da G4 Bomb Squad.

The former America’s Got Talent Host quit All That to focus on music when Jive Records signed him in 2001. By 2003 he had released his first album but then paused his music career for a while to focus on acting and comedy.

In 2014, Cannon released his second studio album, White People Party Music.

Shaquille O’Neal


Shaquille O’Neal is more popular as a basketball player than a rapper. As a freshman at Louisiana State University, NBA teams had already started poaching him. In 1992, Orlando Magic drafted him, and the now-retired NBA player is considered one of the greatest.

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Shaq also had music aspirations. In 1993, a year after becoming a professional NBA player, Shaq released a debut album Shaq Diesel, which received RIAA’s platinum certification.

In 2017, Shaq released a LaVar Ball diss track after the former NFL player claimed that he and his son Lamelo, who plays in Australia’s NBL, could beat Shaq and his son Shareef in a basketball game.

Currently, Shaq produces electronic music and goes on tours.


Before he was Dame DOLLA, Damian Lillard was already a successful NBA Player. His success started in college basketball playing for the Weber State Wildcats, and in 2012 he achieved the third-team All-American honors. That same year, he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard is currently a five-time NBA All-Star and is one of the only two players to have three 60-point away games in a single season.

He launched his music career in 2016, and has since released three studio albums, The Letter O, Confirmed, and Big DOLLA, which have all done relatively well. He now owns a record label, Front Page Music.


Before his two EPs, Sorry for the Hold Up and Take Me Serious, and his debut album Valedictorian, DDG was already a successful YouTuber. He started making funny YouTube videos of himself in 2014 and has more 2.2 million followers. It is estimated that his comedy YouTube channel makes $2,000 a day.

His most notable achievement in music is the single Arguments, which achieved RIAA’s Gold certification in 2020.

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10 Rappers to Watch Out for in 2021



rappers to watch out for in 2021

The music industry changes each year becoming more promising with lots of new talent taking the stage. 2020 came with its surprise of new artists who broke out from being underground artists and as we look to the other months of 2021, we take a look at some of the underground artists who might have their break this year. In this article, we take a look at rappers to watch out for in 2021.

Rappers to Watch Out For

Pop Hunna

For the catchy intro and awesome production of the song ‘Adderal (Corvette Corvette)’, Popp Hunna became a sensation on Tik Tok. When Lil Uzi Vert created a remix of the song, the song went viral bringing the young talented rapper more focus. We can expect the rapper to make some damages this year.


The Kid LAROI has grown in the industry thanks to Juice WRLD’s mentorship skills. Real name, Charlton Howard, is from Australia and came to the USA due to his song dubbed ‘Addison Rae’ that became a Tik Tok sensation and garnered 5 million views on YouTube. He has fully stepped into the light but let’s see what he does in 2021 cause it may be his year

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Iann Dior

He got featured in Internet’s Money who is who list if 2020-2021. After the release of the album, ‘I’m Gone’ catapulted the rapper/ singer close to becoming a mainstream artist. The kid was a serious contender for the XXL Freshman List. With his indifference, smooth vibe, and cool songs, there is much to be expected for the rapper this year.


Golden Lavis Don Jones was featured on the cover of XXL Freshman cover as 24KGoldn, which was a huge deal for the rapper. He has proved to himself that he has the talent and it’s no joke that he can have 2021 as his break out year.

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Jayo Cortez

Coming from California, Jayo Cortez brings back hip hop with messages in ways you wouldn’t believe. He is an awesome fluid freestyle who will tick you into thinking twice about what real freestyle is all about.

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Flo Milli

She just had to let the world know that age Black Barbie is here and is to stay. She made a mark in 2020 after releasing her mixtape, ‘Ho, Why Is You Here?’. She has been covered by several magazines, her songs have appeared in major chats, and got some nominations.


HotBoii is a promising act in 2021 after releasing a song that was a major hit during his friend’s funeral dubbed ‘Don’t Need Time’. The song was a massive hit that saw his other follow up projects become bigger than the previous. Let’s wait and see what he has in store for us in 2021.

Navy Blue

The Soundcloud rapper has recently gotten some international acclaims for his music. Navy Blue has been featured by sponsor brands like Converse and Fucking Awesome in his skateboarding career. He is also a producer with a promising career in 2021.

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The female rapper got a heart breakthrough last year with her song ‘Bitch From Da Souf’ with a remix that had people talking about her. Mullato seems to have a promising year in 2021.

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Toosii’s melodic rap and the way he talks of his life is riveting. 2020 saw him release several successful projects with a soothing vibe to them. More of his projects are expected to have bigger and better breakthroughs than the ones he had in 2020.

Bottom Line

There is no limit to the number of new artists who might be gracing our screens with bangers that will have you dancing to their tunes. The above mentioned are some of the best underground artists showing more promise in making it out in 2021. From the list, do you agree that they are the best rappers to break out in 2021. Who would you say is ready to blow in 2021? Talk to us in the comment session.

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