André 3000 Now Has The Longest Running Song To Ever Chart On Billboard’s Hot 100
Hip hop star André 3000 just set a new record with his latest album release.
The opening song from his new project “New Blue Sun” reportedly set the record for the longest-running song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Reportedly, the lead track titled “I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a ‘Rap’ Album but This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time,” debuted at No.90 on the chart, and has a runtime of 12 minutes and 20 seconds. André 3000′s single reportedly dethroned Tool’s 2019 song “Fear Inoculum,” which debuted at No.93 with a runtime of 10 minutes and 21 seconds. Other notable lengthy tunes that once held the record spot come from artists such as David Bowe and Taylor Swift, signaling that the feat has the former Outkast member in good company.
There has been much fanfare surrounding André’s solo album debut, though it’s unlike what many may have expected. Forgoing his iconic and celebrated lyricism, the 48-year-old’s new project consists of nothing but whimsical instrumentals featuring his stellar flute performances accompanied by other wind instruments. As we previously covered, the musician explained that while he really wanted to make a rap album, as his song’s name suggests, he just happens to be in a vastly different place in his life. During a promotional interview for the album, he stated:
“I’ve worked with some of the newest, freshest, youngest, and old-school producers. I get beats all the time. I try to write all the time…when it came to figuring out what we would do creatively…within Outkast like, there was a certain point where I just didn’t know where else to go,”
“People think I’m sitting on raps, I ain’t got no raps like that… like: ‘I gotta go get a colonoscopy.’ What do you rap about? ‘My eyesight is going bad?’”
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“Even now people think, Oh, man, he’s just sitting on raps, or he’s just holding these raps hostage. I ain’t got no raps like that….sometimes it feels inauthentic for me to rap because I don’t have anything to talk about in that way.”
His record-breaking single, as well as the album itself reportedly charting at No. 34 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums, are clear signs that the fans are enjoying the project nonetheless. Many took to social media to celebrate the music icon for delivering a beautiful body of work, which has been helping many of them sleep and focus.
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