The incredible story of Oliver Anthony gets more incredible by the day. Going from a farmer and factory worker to global music phenomenon in two weeks time - we've never seen anything like this. His "Rich Men North Of Richmond" now has 32M views on YouTube in just two weeks - and has gained the attention of big players in the music industry, as well as working-class Americans who are fed up with the way things are going. This "perfect storm" has led to Anthony's song doing something no artist and no song has ever done in the history of popular music. Not the Beatles, Elvis, Taylor Swift - no one.
In the song's very first week of eligibility, it sets a record that can only be equalled and never topped: a new artist's first song hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week. Established artists have done it; new artists have hit #1. But never have we seen a brand new artist hit #1 in Week 1 with their first song. Oh, and to add to that: he's also the first musician since 1994 (Lisa Loeb) to hit #1 as an unsigned artist. And, almost as an afterthought: the song also debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.