Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town” rises to No. 1, from its No. 2 debut, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart.
The single, released in May, debuted at No 35 and then rose to No 1, 2, and 3 after CMT pulled its video, which premiered July 14. “Try That In a Small Town” continues to dominate through streams and sales.
Aldean’s song has resonated with an audience.
“I felt that Jason Aldean was expressing the feelings that a lot of people in the country audience felt, particularly in the Trump America country audience,” says Don Cusic, a country music historian, author and professor of music business at Belmont University. “The video was just in your face — it was in your face anger, and that just reinforced that anger that is in so much of America today, that big division.”
Cusic adds that the driving support behind Aldean’s song doesn’t surprise him “because there’s a dark side to this country.”
Award-winning music journalist, author and crisis communications consultant Holly Gleason added that “there are a lot of frustrated people, many of whom listen to country radio, and when they hear somebody is being shut down for their beliefs, they will come in mass.”
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The song has become a conservative favorite, with former President Trump praising it as a “great new song” and urging his supporters to “support Jason all the way.”
The song amplifies the frustrations of many Americans. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the song, it’s simple don’t listen to it. But we shouldn’t censor just because some people don’t like it.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, ABC News, Axios, Rolling Stone