If the earth shook beneath Nashville on Friday, it probably had something to do with maverick country star John Rich.
The iconic half of the Big and Rich country duo — unabashedly conservative and weary of woke record labels and group station owners — decided to bypass the traditional industry machinery and release his latest song “Progress” on Friday via two fledgling free-speech social media platforms, Truth Social owned by former President Donald Trump and the Rumble video community.
Within hours, he soared up the Apple iTunes song chart to number one in the world, supplanting such megastars as Billie Eilish, Kate Bush and Lizzo with lyrics that directly challenge the political notion that progressive ideology has brought “progress” for America.
Rich told Just the News on Friday night that the outcome of his experiment could be industry-changing.
“Here I am with no record label, no publisher, no marketing deal,” he said. “I just got a song that speaks to a lot of people, and Truth and Rumble pushed it out there. And man, I’m really proud of what we did today.”
Rich said that while most country fans and artists have remained true to the roots of country music and its values, the marketing and distribution machines have increasingly become woke. So he suspected that traditional radio station groups, record labels and social media like Twitter would shun or shadowban his new song and its conservative-friendly theme.
That’s when the idea of trying Truth Social and Rumble as an experiment was born.
Read the full article from Just the News.
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