Country singer Jason Aldean’s latest song, “Try That in a Small Town,” has achieved an impressive feat by landing the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart. This achievement is further highlighted by the fact that two other country artists, Morgan Wallen, and Luke Combs, hold the number two and three spots, respectively. It marks the first time in the history of the music chart, dating back to August 1958, that the top three positions are all occupied by country stars.
The song initially hit the airwaves in May, but it wasn’t until the release of the music video in July that it gained significant attention, causing streams to soar and propelling it up the chart. The surge in popularity has been attributed to a backlash the song faced due to its music video, which some critics claimed was “racist” and “pro-lynching.”
In response to the controversy, CMT, a prominent music television channel, pulled the music video from its programming. Despite the setback, Aldean addressed the issue on Twitter, thanking his 3.8 million followers for their support during the trying time. In a viral post, he shared a clip from one of his recent shows where he assured fans that he would indeed perform the controversial song.
Aldean firmly defended the song and video, dismissing the criticism as “meritless” and “dangerous.” However, it seems that the backlash had an unintended effect, as the controversy only served to fuel interest in the song. In the wake of the video’s removal, “Try That in a Small Town” saw a massive surge in streams, increasing by a staggering 999%, according to Fox News.
For Aldean, this is not his first time at the top of the charts. He previously achieved a number one hit on the Hot 100 chart in 2005 with “Hicktown,” making “Try That in a Small Town” his second chart-topping single.
The significance of this achievement cannot be understated, as country music has historically faced challenges in breaking into the mainstream charts dominated by other genres. With the top three spots now occupied by country artists, it signifies a milestone moment for the genre and demonstrates its growing popularity and influence in the music industry.
🚨 NEW: Jason Aldean’s “Try That in Small Town” has hit another milestone, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s All-Genre Hot 100 Song Chart despite ongoing efforts by the mainstream media and leftists to cancel the country music star.
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As Aldean continues to bask in the success of his latest hit, he remains grateful to his fans for their unwavering support. This historic achievement serves as a testament to the power of music and its ability to connect with audiences across genres and backgrounds. As the country music industry celebrates this momentous occasion, it looks forward to more groundbreaking achievements in the future.
Thank u guys. Ready to see u back out there this weekend! 🇺🇸🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/qtH8yUdpLy
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 24, 2023