Highs and lows…
Even though the song was released back in May, it wasn’t until the music video dropped that gave the song the added attention for critics (mostly those who disagree with his politics or those who already dislike his music) to come out full force with damning allegations against the Country superstar.
When the backlash poured in, some criticized Aldean for the message of the song, while others just trashed it for being “poorly-written” or “lame.” Other Country artists such as Cody Johnson, Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan all defended Jason during live performances the week of the heightened controversy.
Despite CMT pulling the music video and Country radio stations yanking it from airplay, Try That In A Small Town skyrocketed in streaming and sales numbers. First becoming the no. 1 song on iTunes, all-genre, then the most popular song on Tiktok, it then went on to obtain the second-highest pure sales week of 2023 thus far and earned Aldean his first ever no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
After just taking the No. 1 spot from Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night,” the Hot 100 chart, which combines all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data, looked pretty similar this week, except for one minor difference…and by minor, I mean pretty damn big. The overwhelmingly talked-about song that just went No. 1 last week was no longer No. 1. Hmm, okay, that happens all the time. So maybe it fell to number two or three? Nope, not there either. Number 4? Try again.
Okay, okay. It’s gotta be in the top ten though, right? (Ha, you’d think). Top 20? Wrong again…
Try That In A Small Town fell from No. 1 all the way to No. 21 in just a week, breaking the record for the biggest drop in Hot 100 history for a #1 single that didn’t debut there. The original record was held by The Weekend with his 2019 song, “Heartless,” which dropped to No. 17.
With the massive amount of attention the song acquired, I’m not surprised it went No. 1 (cause, you know..all publicity is good publicity, amirite?) but I’m also not surprised it fell that fast either. I mean, the song has been out of the headlines over the fast few days, as well as Country stations no longer keeping it in rotation.
Still, whether you think the song is good or bad, I never understood the “racist” allegations to begin with.
Watch the music video, below. (Or don’t, I really don’t care).