Country Star John Rich’s ‘Anti-Woke’ Single Hits No. 1 on iTunes, Leaving Industry Stunned

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by Samantha Foster | 24News

A country music star shocked the music world, shunning so-called “woke” record labels and releasing a song directly to Donald Trump’s social media app Truth Social and video-sharing site Rumble — catapulting it to No. 1 in the world on the Apple iTunes song chart.

John Rich, the Nashville-based musician and one-half of the duo “Big and Rich,” released his latest song, “Progress,” on Friday.

Truth Social and Rumble have emerged as alternatives to mainstream sites such as Twitter and YouTube, which have been accused of stifling free speech from conservatives.

Rich, an unabashed conservative, saw his song outperform those by hit-makers such as Billie Eilish, Kate Bush, and Lizzo.

“Here I am with no record label, no publisher, no marketing deal,” Rich told Just the News.

“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.”

The song’s lyrics are a not-subtle blistering of the left and Joe Biden.


“There’s a hole in this country where its heart used to be, And Old Glory’s divided, on fire in the street…They say Building Back Better will make America great…If that’s a wave of the future, all I’ve got to say,” read the first verse.

“They invite the whole world to come live in our land…And leave our countrymen dying in Afghanistan…They say let go of Jesus and let government save…You can have back your freedoms if you do what we say.”

Rich said he doubted that mainstream record labels would have agreed to put out a song with conservative themes.

Rich said he was too suspicious of big tech and radio stations, so he looked for alternatives.

“When I’m talking about them shutting down our voices, I’m talking about Twitter and YouTube and Facebook,” Rich said.

“And I thought, you know what, I’m gonna reach out to Truth Social and reach out to Rumble because they still allow free speech over there.”

He added: “Why would I launch this song on the platforms that I’m railing against in the lyrics?”


5 thoughts on “Country Star John Rich’s ‘Anti-Woke’ Single Hits No. 1 on iTunes, Leaving Industry Stunned

  1. At the end of the day… freedom is defined by people vs. the “leaders”. We look to leaders for guidance and to put people together. However that only means “let’s talk about this topic and I think we can do “X” to solve the problem with your input. Would this work?”
    Vs. “You have a problem and I am going to tell you what it is and I will fix it for you.”

    We know real problems and we don’t need tech or other communists telling us how wrong our thoughts are and they are causing the issue.

    Get our of the way, you are the problem.

    This is great to see!

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