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“Old Town Road” is still riding the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100. Lil Nas X’s breakout country rap hit broke the previous 16-week record held by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”

Now, it’s 18 weeks and four remixes in, with little sign of the phenomenon ending.

WPLN’s Rachel Iacovone spoke with Billboard’s senior director of charts, Keith Caulfield, to try to understand how Lil Nas X and his “Old Town Road” have managed to do it.

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The long-running live series "Music City Roots" has been without a home for nearly two years, but a new project promises to both revive the show and help with the renaissance of a Nashville neighborhood. 

The show was suspended last year after a downtown deal fell through, but organizers expect it to be up and running again after an ambitious new venue is finished in Madison. 

Every day in Nashville, music executives try to figure out how much money, time and effort to invest in amateurs. This week, as the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, that projection plight is mirrored in the world of sports.

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Bob Skoney has seen just about every kind of event during his 42 years working at downtown Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now, after 27 years leading the city-owned venue, Skoney is retiring at the end of March.

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The most commercially successful music to come out of Nashville this year mainly sounded like a male voice in a mainstream country song. But for those who listened a little more closely to the sounds of the city, there were creative country women making music off the charts while surprising scenes in other genres were popping up far away from Music Row. 

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Tennessee wants to encourage video game publishers to bring their musical score work here, but union officials say that the plan is opening a door for cheaper, non-union musicians willing to work for lower wages.

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Musical scoring for video games is on the rise in Nashville, especially after publisher Electronic Arts moved its orchestral work to the city in 2014.

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee heard comments on a significant piece of music legislation Tuesday that many in the industry thought would never make it this far. The legislation is a collection of bills, including multiple elements of music copyright reform, that lawmakers say would result in more income for copyright owners.

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The allegations of sexual misconduct that have ricocheted through Hollywood and other industries have largely missed the Nashville music scene. But in private conversations and online forums, many female songwriters say they've had moments with collaborators that border on harassment and even assault.

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More and more musicians are going old-school when they record — using reel-to-reel tape machines. But manufacturers aren't producing these massive devices anymore, and the used machines that are still functioning are hard to come by.

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