Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Oliver Anthony, Last Year’s Overnight Sensation, Drops First Album: Will Fans Still Show Up?


Last year Oliver Anthony was the overnight sensation of all time. An unsigned singer whose political bent was to the right, Anthony had a massive hit with a song called “Rich Men North of Richmond.”

A bunch of his tracks hit iTunes, and they were all over the top 100.

Anthony resisted a major record contract. The result is that today he dropped his first album, called “Hymnal of a Troubled Man’s Mind,” with no notice. In the middle of Beyonce Weekend. “Hymnal” debuted at number 4 on iTunes today.

Will the album or any of its tracks equal last year’s crazy popularity? The 38 minute collection contains Bible passages between the songs. Most of the songs have already been available. As far as individual tracks go, none of them have hit iTunes. Only “Rich Men,” which isn’t on the album, is in at number 94.

Good luck to Oliver. This may be his first, and last, album.

Roger Friedman
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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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