‘Rich Men North of Richmond’, the online sensation by Oliver Anthony, has already reached number one on the iTunes charts.

“Aint Gotta Dollar,” another single by Anthony, is now at number nine.

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Oliver shared a story about what “Rich Men…” is about on his YouTube page. The ginger singer, who admits he may not have a soul because he’s a ‘ginger’, says his music comes from his life and the lives of his friend and coworkers he meets along the way:

“I met a lot of good people working third shift, twelve hours six days a week, and now I spend a lot of time on job sites. I meet people from all across the country and the universal thing I see is that it’s like no matter how hard they push and how much effort they put into whatever it is they’re doing, they just can’t quite get ahead because the dollar is not worth enough. It’s being overtaxed.”

The song hits on two areas in addition to the apparent challenges of blue-collar workers. Suicide is covered in one. After the pandemic, many discovered that they were dealing with depression in one way or another.

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“The song touches on suicide rates and on mental health and depression. There’s no reason why young men or women in this country should be committing suicide. There’s a bigger universal problem and a lot of people know that. It’s common sense but we don’t talk about it enough. And maybe that is the problem.”

“I think one of the worst things that a human being can do is take advantage of a child and I can’t begin to conceptualize what has to happen to someone in order for them to think that’s okay. I think I drew the line on being quiet when I started to see that becoming normalized and I’ll leave that at that.”