Mariah Carey passes the torch to Lil Nas X after ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Billboard record

Mariah Carey congratulated Lil Nas X on Twitter Monday after “Old Town Road” for most weeks at No. 1. And she did it the way everyone should be congratulated: with a kind of weird Photoshop job.

The record was previously held by two songs: “One Sweet Day,” Carey’s 1995 collaboration with Boyz II Men, and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” which spent 16 weeks atop the charts in 2017. This week, “Old Town Road” reached the 17-week mark.

“Sending love & congrats to @LilNasX on breaking one of the longest-running records in music history!” Carey tweeted. “We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and me and has touched so many. Keep living your best life!”

She also included a gorgeous Photoshop of herself literally “passing a torch” to Lil Nas X. Never mind that whoever made it picked a photo where his fist is closed — we know that graphic design is their passion.

Lil Nas X  quickly, thanking her and letting her know he’s a fan. “You are a legend and an icon and I’m blessed to even have you acknowledging me right now! growing up to your music & now having you talk to me directly is unreal!” he wrote.

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