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Oliver Anthony in Radiowv Music Video via YouTube

Music sensation Oliver Anthony skyrocketed on the charts with his wildly popular blue-collar anthem titled “Rich Men North of Richmond.” In the span of three days, Anthony’s song has received millions of views on major streaming services.

Anthony is outpacing major stars on iTunes, including Taylor Swift and others. Not only does Anthony hold the top song on iTunes, he has a total of four songs ranking in the top 10.

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This includes “Rich Men North of Richmond” (#1), “Ain’t Gotta Dollar” (#2), “I’ve Got to Get Sober” (#5), and “I Want to Go Home” (#9).

Anthony expressed his gratitude on social media by thanking his “awesome” fans for the sudden success. Anthony says this is part of his “purpose” in life. He vows to continue making music “at all costs, no matter what.”

Left-wing magazine Rolling Stone slammed Anthony’s success by claiming it’s a country song that “right-wing influencers are losing their minds over.”

Rolling Stone wrote, “Right-wing influencers are losing their minds over a new country song that just appeared on streaming services today.”

“‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ is a passionate screed against the state of the country sung by Oliver Anthony, who identifies as a farmer living off the grid with his three dogs in Farmville, Virginia,” the article reads.

Anthony began writing his own music in 2021. He explained that “Rich Men North of Richmond” was his “first song to get out there that has been recorded on a real microphone and a real camera, and not just on my cell phone.”

Anthony is a former factory worker and his popular song criticizes politicians in Washington, D.C., who “make life a little more difficult than it should be.”