Oliver Anthony Music Missing from Spotify’s Country Playlists, Too

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Spotify country playlists snub Oliver Anthony

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Oliver Anthony may be topping the Billboard charts with his song “Rich Men North of Richmond,” but he’s doing so without radio airplay or help from Spotify’s country music playlists.

The song is in the #4 spot on the Spotify Top 50 – USA playlist, which tracks music that is popular in the country. But taking a glance at Spotify’s dedicated country playlists—the exposure is a different story. Despite still appearing atop the Billboard charts, neither Spotify’s Hot Country nor its New Boots playlist have the song featured anywhere in a list of 100 tracks. The New Boots playlist is particularly egregious, since it’s supposed to surface ‘new, hot country music’ for the listener. The video of Oliver Anthony singing the song was released three weeks ago on YouTube and has since racked up 52 million views.

So what gives? Oliver Anthony’s radio airplay traction has been slow, and his appearance on country playlists is not existent. But that’s likely because the singer has expressed a desire not to have a music career—a one-hit wonder in the making.

“I don’t want six tour buses, fifteen tractor-trailers, and a jet,” the singer wrote in a Facebook post about his overnight success. “I don’t want to play stadium shows; I don’t want to be in the spotlight. So I wrote the music I wrote because I was suffering with mental health and depression. These songs have connected with millions of people on such a deep level because they’re being sung by someone feeling the words in the very moment they were being sung.”

Despite the lack of feature in Spotify’s country playlists, the song continues to rise on its Top 50 – USA playlist. It’s possible the song will reach the #1 spot before it begins to lose steam. “I Remember Everything” by Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, “Paint the Town Red” by Doja Cat, and “fukumean” by Gunna” all have more plays than Oliver Anthony’s track, but it is quickly rising. The track surpassed Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” on the playlist on August 31.