Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Country Star is Born: Social Media Hit Kaleb Austin Goes Straight to Number 1 on iTunes with “Sun Goes Down”



Who is Kaleb Austin? He’s some kid with a guitar. And right now his song, “Sun Goes Down” has debuted on iTunes at number 1.

He has no album, no label, nothing. Just a massive following on social media. He’s all over Tik Tok and Facebook, etc. His website says he’s a very young father, he’s married, etc. He’s unknown. Until now.

In January he had a #1 single on the iTunes country chart with “Sound of the South.” But “Sun Goes Down” is at the top of the main chart. And it’s excellent.

So forget “American Idol” and “The Voice.” Wanna be a star? Just go out do it, and build a constituency.

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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