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Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

Everyone and their mother has come to know who Lil Nas X is through their favorite country channel or literally anywhere on social media. Lil Nas X’s country hit “Old Country Road” is meaningful for a number of reasons. It means that the King of Country is a black man. When he came out as gay on World Pride Day, it broke another barrier in country music–proving its fans aren’t as backward as the stereotype suggests.

This week, Lil Nas X just broke another seemingly unbeatable record: “Old Country Road” officially dethroned Mariah Carey’s 1995 classic “One Sweet Day” as the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. While Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” was settled into the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1995, “Old Country Road” just hit 17 weeks. 

Mariah Carey, being the classic queen that she is, photoshopped this metaphorical “passing of the torch” to congratulate Lil Nas X.

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In a heartfelt social media post, Carey penned to Lil Nas X directly, “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”

She also shared a BTS video of the recording of “One Sweet Day” and fans are paying their own tributes to the classic.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find any of her lambs talking shade on Lil Nas X. One fan commented, “queens supporting queens. we stan.” Others are trying to support Mariah by saying she still holds the record for female artist with the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

The Lambs 4 Life club is taking this moment to add Mariah’s music to their gratitude list.

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One fan even attributes the song to saving her life, tweeting that “one sweet day saved me when I lost the most important people in my life back in 2012, I was going to end it all but I heard it on the radio and I felt like it was my message to keep on living  and that’s what I did, it will always hold a special place in my heart so thank you mc.”

Another fan shared the heartbreaking meaning “One Sweet Day” will always hold in his family’s hearts: “My younger cousin was four when he passed away and One Sweet Day was first released. His mother still plays it to this day to commemorate his memory at every major gathering. Thank you and Boyz II Men for giving us this wonderful song, it will always mean so much to our family.”

Meanwhile, others are remembering what it was like to listen to that song on cassette.

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Some think that the song will never truly be dethroned because of the way streaming services are able to account for how many times a song is played. You can’t count how many times a cassette tape was played. One fan said, “I promise I’m not hating, but Mariah achieved this without social media, hype, clout, etc., so the record will never be broken in my eyes. These artists today have way more avenues and tactics to get their music out there and heard.”

Some fans are just not letting go of that torch.

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They’re all-caps shouting, “TAKE IT BACK” at the singer and “a timeless song by a timeless angel, it’ll always be the longest-running number one in my heart.”

One fan felt like the thread was a memorial for the song and just had to say it, “You act like the song Died.. It Didn’t.. The World has changed.. just think if you had tools like Social Media.. Pandora.. YouTube Twitter Back Then..”

The rest of the lambs are rooting for beating that record all over again with the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Plus, take it from this fan who is transcending the meaning of competition with this thought: “One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Time changes and so is the taste of listeners, however the inspiration and hope that it brought to the world will never be surpassed by anything and will not be define by a number. #OneSweetDay”

Felicidades to Lil Nas X and to Mariah Carey for being timeless.

READ: Mariah Carey Hinted That She Is Open To Collaborating With Lil Nas X And People Are Freaking Out

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Trend Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

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Alaina Castillo’s New TikTok Trend Is Empowering People To Embrace Their Latinidad

Not everyone has the privilege of growing up surrounded by their cultura, with parents there to pass on knowledge of traditions and customs from home. That, combined with heavily opinionated internet trolls, has led to many people struggling to feel confident in their identity. In a digital world that tries to force us all to fit into boxes, what does “Latino enough” mean and how do you know if you’re there?

Recently, we asked our Instagram community “what does being Latino mean to you?” and although some responses had details in common, for the most part they were as unique as every member of the community itself. There is no one definition of Latinidad, and therefore there is no way to measure what exactly makes someone “Latino enough.”

We got the chance to talk to Alaina Castillo, musical artist and TikTok Queen, about how she identifies with Latinidad and what this TikTok trend means to her. Did we mention quarantine has not stopped her from dropping new music? Check out her latest single, “tonight”!

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What does being Latina mean to you? – mitú

“It means that I have something to identify with and be proud of because of my family members, my culture, and the things that I participate in as a Latina.” – A.C.

Side note, this was a personal reminder that we represent the community wherever we occupy space, whether we realize it or not. We are all participating in things as members of the community.

What’s something that, as a Latina, you are proud of? – mitú

“The strength and endurance that we have. I’ve seen it in my dad, his family, and so many others and it makes me feel proud as well as encouraged to achieve my goals with the same mindset as them.” – A.C.

While they may not be perfect (and let’s face it, who is?), our parents are the definition of hard working. Remembering that their blood runs through my veins always keeps me going when the going gets tough. Si se puede!

What Latino figures inspire you? – mitú

“Selena, even though she was an artist that I didn’t really grow up listening to. When I found out who she was, she was someone who I related to because she was a Mexican-American learning to speak and sing in Spanish, while breaking a lot of barriers that people had set up around her.” – A.C.

La Reina del Tex-Mex was a trailblazer indeed! Who else could forget Selena’s iconic “diecicuatro” blurb when she appeared in an interview with Cristina Saralegui? The important thing to focus on is that she was TRYING! As long as we’re all working on improving and being the best versions of ourselves, that’s the best we can do, and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way.

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Name one meal that, no matter where you have it, always reminds you of home. – mitú

“Homemade tamales!!!! 100%” – A.C.

You know we love some good tamales, so naturally our next question was…

Where is your family from? – mitú

“My dad is from Mexico and my mom is from Ohio.” – A.C.

Mmmm…Mexican tamales 😋

Have you ever been to those places? – mitú

“Yes, both places. I went to Mexico when I was really young, maybe about two times, and then I’ve traveled to Ohio on various occasions to see family. I was young each time I went to those places so they’re little memories I think of when I miss my family.” – A.C.

What would you say is the most “Latino” item in your home? – mitú

“We have these blankets from my grandma that I grew up using. I thought they were normal blankets but then I saw on social media that almost every Latino household has some and I was like hmmm, what do you know?” – A.C.

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What would you say to people who think that not speaking Spanish makes you less Latino? – mitú

“I think it’d definitely be nice to know the language fluently but some people aren’t taught Spanish growing up and that’s not their fault. Not speaking the language doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same customs or should be rejected from the culture that their family is from. I decided to learn on my own because I’ve always been interested in Spanish, and also so I could speak with my family and I see that’s what a lot of other people are doing too.” – A.C.

One more time for the people in the back: not speaking Spanish doesn’t make you any less Latino.

How do you celebrate your Latinidad? – mitú

“With pride. I wouldn’t be who I am today without influences from my family so it’ll always be something I carry with me and proudly show throughout my life and career.” – A.C.

What do you hope people take away from this trend? – mitú

“That Latinidad is something you’re born with and it can’t ever be taken away from you,” – A.C.

So forget about the opinions of other people! All they’re doing is projecting their beliefs onto you and that is not an actual reflection of who you are. We hope you are inspired to embrace your Latinidad on your own terms, and that you walk more confidently in your identity. So duet us on TikTok and don’t forget to use the hashtag #AreYouLatinoEnough to join in on the fun!

Did we mention quarantine has not stopped Alaina Castillo from dropping new music? Check out her latest single, “tonight,” below!

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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Is The Reason Why She Left Her Ex-Husband

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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Is The Reason Why She Left Her Ex-Husband

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Mariah Carey’s personal life has always been about as elusive as the chanteuse’s voice itself. Throughout her decades-long career, fans of the singer have wondered about the men who fall at her feet. From her two marriages to different engagements, even a mysterious potential romantic tête-à-tête with Eminem, Carey has had a life filled with all kinds of loves and relationships but for the most part, kept her lips sealed about them.

Now, the singer is opening up about them.

In an exclusive clip from The Oprah Conversation, Carey revealed that a relationship with New York Yankee Derek Jeter in the late ’90s led her to leave her ex Tommy Mottola.

Speaking about Jeter, Carey described him as a “catalyst” in her decision to leave Mottola after being married to him for five years.

“Before you divorced Tommy Mottola, you met Yankee baseball player Derek Jeter, and you say he served a very high purpose in your life,” Oprah observes in her interview with Carey which calls on her upcoming memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey. “This was one of those situations of the right person at the right place and the right time. What was it about Derek? He got his own song too, right?”

Responding to Oprah’s question, Carey admits “He got his own song. He got a few songs. He was a catalyst that helped me get out of that relationship because I believed that there was somebody else,” she explained “It was the racial situation, his mom is Irish, his dad is Black. But he was also very ambiguous looking to me. I didn’t know who he was, we met and I’ve written songs about it.”

“And honestly, I don’t think it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he was the love of my life,'” Carey went onto admit. “Like, at the time I did, because I didn’t think I would ever meet anybody who wouldn’t- What’s the word? I used the word, I just thought about this last night. Not looked down on but feel superior to me because of the fact that I’m not one way or another in most people’s minds, and they have preconceived notions, whatever… But he was a catalyst. And I think that it was beautiful.”

Carey revealed that Jeter’s biracial family changed how she felt about her own.

“And they changed my viewpoint that ‘Oh, it’s because of the biracial situation that my family is so screwed up,’ as opposed to ‘it’s them.’ And yes, those things did play a huge part in their dysfunction. But it was healthy for me to see a functional family that basically kind of looked like mine, but didn’t feel like mine,” she admitted. “And he was also living his dream job and doing his dream job. I believe we connected in that way.”

Last month, Carey told Vulture in an interview that she wore a “buttery leather Chanel skirt” the first time she kissed Jeter.

“I can never forget that moment,” she explained. “I mean, it’s not like it was some intensely deep, intellectually stimulating — again, it was a great moment, and it happened in a divine way because it helped me get past living there, in Sing Sing, under those rules and regulations.”

Carey’s new book, which comes out at the end of this month, follows her “her meteoric rise to music superstardom” and the struggles she faced as a result.

“It took me a lifetime to have the courage and clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments,” Carey shared in a July post on Instagram. “The ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams that contributed to the person I am today.”

The Meaning of Mariah Carey will debut on shelves on Sept. 29.

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