A country music star shunned so-called ‘woke’ record labels and released a song straight to Donald Trump’s social media app Truth Social and video-sharing site Rumble – catapulting it to No. 1 worldwide on the Apple iTunes song chart.
John Rich, the Nashville-based musician and one half of the “Big and Rich” duo, 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 conservative free speech.
Rich, an unabashed conservative, has seen his song surpass those of hit-makers such as Billie Eilish, Kate Bush and Lizzo.
“Here I am without a record company, without a publisher, without a marketing contract,” Rich told Just the News.
“I just got a song that resonates with a lot of people, and Truth and Rumble played it. And man, I’m really proud of what we did today.
The song’s lyrics are overtly political.
“There’s a hole in this country where her heart was, And Old Glory is split, on fire in the street… They say Build back better will make America great… If it’s a wave of the future , all I have to say,” read the first verse.
“They invite the whole world to come and live in our land…And let our countrymen die in Afghanistan…They say let go of Jesus and let the government save…You can get your freedoms back if you do what we say.
Rich said he doubted mainstream record labels would agree to release 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 cutting out our voices, I’m talking about Twitter, YouTube and Facebook,” Rich said.
“And I thought, you know what, I’m going to contact Truth Social and contact Rumble because they still allow free speech there.”
He added, “Why should I release this song on the platforms I lyrically take issue with?”