Just before securing the number one slot, both in the US and in the UK, Lil Nas X dropped a second video for his latest single, 'MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)'. Lil Nas X held onto the top chart position for a second week in the UK, fighting off stiff competition from Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon with 'Peaches', but eventually finished well ahead with 62,000 chart sales and 8.6 million streams in the UK.
Lil Nas X attracted a huge amount of attention when he released his latest single, not only because of the personal nature of the track but also because of certain elements in the original video. Lil Nas X also shared a letter to his younger self upon the premier of the song. Lil Nas X wrote that he would "never come out publicly" and he wanted "to die with the secret", but concluded that his decision to come out as openly gay "will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist." He has previously been accused of pushing an agenda and also chose to address this in his letter saying, "they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the f**k out of other people's lives and stop dictating who they should be. Sending you love from the future."
Having spoken to his 14 year old self Lil Nas X then had to field questions about the inspiration and originality of the video for his song, having been accused by some of copying some parts of the FKA Twigs video for 'Cellophane'. Twigs appreciated that Lil Nas X had acknowledged the inspiration after a number of tweets from the 'Cellophane' director. Andrew Thomas Huang urged major record labels to "respect directors, uphold artistic accountability and honor the ingenuity of artists."
Lil Nas X had no sooner dealt with that issue when he was confronted with an altogether different one. A version of the Nike Air Max 97 that Lil Nas X helped launch with MSCHF Product Studio had to be recalled after a lawsuit was filed for trademark infringement. The red and black 'Satan Shoes', priced at $1.018, contained a drop of human blood and had the biblical reference "Luke 10:18" printed on the side.
Hopefully at some point in the near future focus will return to the music, which as we know is pretty damn good.
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