Sunday, May 19, 2024

Willie Nelson Goes Top 10 on iTunes Pop Chart after “Big Little Lies” Scores 2 Million Finale Viewers


We love Willie Nelson but even he will tell you it’s been some time since he had a real hit on the singles charts.

But Willie’s version of John Fogerty’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” a duet with daughter Paula Nelson, has jumped to number 10 on the iTunes pop chart. The single, from a 2013 album, was the closing song on Sunday night’s season or series finale of HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”

The show had its highest rating in two seasons, scoring nearly 2 million viewers just on HBO at 9pm, first play. More numbers are coming, but it was HUGE.

The beneficiary seems to be Willie, and that’s alright, I think, with everyone.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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