Accidental Hit? Brad Paisley’s Controversial Song More Popular than Single

Controversy may be paying off for Brad Paisley, whose  song, Accidental Racist is the most popular track on his new album on Rhapsody. The track,  a duet with L.L. Cool J (not a typo), comprises 10 percent of plays on the album.  This is a huge share of plays, considering it was not the single (that would be Beat this Summer, with 7 percent of spins) and is buried in the middle of the album.

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Typically, the single outperforms all tracks on a new release. For context, Better Dig Two, the single on the new The Band Perry record, accounts for 15 percent of plays.   In addition,  Rhapsody members normally listen to the tracks toward the beginning of a new release as they explore the album. So, the fact that Accidental Racist is the biggest track is no accident–it’s the result of listeners discovering the song thanks to its popularity on the Internet, and checking it out on their favorite service.

Wheelhouse (Deluxe version) Track Listing