Lil Nas X fans have been sent into a frenzy after the singer claimed his latest hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” was being removed from streaming platforms.
The “Old Town Road” rapper urged fans to stream his latest song on Tuesday (13 April), telling them it was being removed from Spotify, YouTube and other platforms.
“Not even joking. Everybody stream ‘Call Me By Your Name’ hard today because it may no longer be available tomorrow and there’s nothing I can really do about it,” Lil Nas X tweeted.
He also retweeted fans’ screenshots of streaming platforms including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music allegedly showing that the the song was no longer available.
‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ by Lil Nas X is still available to stream
As the tweets rolled in, Lil Nas X promised to upload the audio of “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” to PornHub – but that didn’t assuage fans’ fears.
— Chuck Fenwick (@chucklebrryfin) April 13, 2021
I was about to laugh at you guys for not being able to listen BUT I CANT ANYMORE EITHER!! I literally just listened to it on the way home last night like 20 times and now it’s UNAVAILABDNSKKWK https://t.co/CnJmdZvdmP pic.twitter.com/5Sdzgegh0w
— Taejhamel Fenceroy (@taaejhaa) April 13, 2021
— STREAM NOT YOUR REM (@Rawan_Maarouf) April 13, 2021
Why isn’t call me by your name working on Spotify??? pls it’s my only happiness GIVE IT BACK pic.twitter.com/Iv0UGD6Pcy
— Sunny (@ficsimp) April 13, 2021
— эмси быдло серотониновый каток. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@fucker_kun) April 13, 2021
So I just tried to play “MONTERO”(Call Me By Your Name) on my Apple TV and got this message. So Nas X isn’t joking. pic.twitter.com/zmKQPOZmAn
— TheKingofReads (@TheKingofReads) April 13, 2021
Lil Nas X later thanked fans for using their voices on the issue, writing: “I’m not placing any blame on the streaming services. Most people have said they are able to go and redownload. Please let me know if you guys still have a problem.”
Meanwhile, his record label Columbia Records issued a statement on Twitter about the controversy, writing: “Thanks for all your comments regarding Lil Nas X ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’, it’s unfortunately out of our control but we are doing everything possible to keep the song up on streaming services. We will keep you up to date as we hear more. Thank you for understanding.”
However, the situation may not be as it seems. Billboard reported on Tuesday that it has confirmed the song is not being removed from streaming platforms.
PinkNews has contacted Spotify and YouTube for comment.
“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” skyrocketed to number one in numerous countries when it was released in March, proving that Lil Nas X’s popularity isn’t fading anytime soon.
The song also attracted fury from conservatives for its music video, which sees Lil Nas X sliding down a stripper pole to hell before giving Satan a lap dance.
Despite this, the song has proven popular in a number of highly conservative countries. The singer and rapper expressed surprise on Tuesday when he learned that he had topped the chart in Saudi Arabia with the song, where gay sex is illegal.
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