Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Overnight Sensation Country Music Star Oliver Anthony’s Gold Rush on the Music Charts Fading After Less Than a Month

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A month ago, Oliver Anthony had about 17 track listings on the iTunes top 100. “Rich Men North of Richmond:” Led the charge to number 1.

Four weeks later, “Rich Men” is still number 1 but there only four others on the chart by Anthony and no other in the top 25.

The Oliver Anthony party is over.

Anthony’s overnight grasp of the charts came from country music fans in red states thinking the unknown singer was speaking for them against the current administration. Fox News then used “Rich Men” during the GOP debate. Anthony objected.

Indeed, Anthony said he was on no one’s side politically. and he wasn’t happy about the Fox News usage. He wasn’t for or against President Biden, but all of the rich men in Washington. Once the right wingers who embraced him so heartily got the point, they began to drift away.

“Rich Men” has sold 901K copies according to Luminate. Of those, two thirds are from streaming, and one third from paid downloads. Total sales numbers aren’t calculated yet, but only a couple of other songs sold around 125K apiece. The rest were carried along on the wave of novelty. If the Luminate charts are correct, “Rich Men” is about to drop like a rock, too.

For Anthony he will always remember this 30 day moment as dizzying. no doubt. He was working on obscurity a month ago. If there had been talk shows day or night he might have skyrocketed further. But for now, the Oliver Anthony Music project looks like it went the way of the pet rock, only faster.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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