The viral success of Mason Ramsey, known to the internet as the Yodeling Walmart Kid, is showing no sign of slowing down. Ramsey’s new single, “Famous,” has become the most streamed country song on Spotify in the U.S.
At of time of writing, “Famous” was sitting at over 3,200,000 streams on Spotify, landing at No. 36 on the U.S. charts. He was also sitting pretty in the No. 2 spot on iTune’s country charts, and No. 6 overall. That’s huge for an 11-year-old kid who was basically unknown a little over a month ago.
Ramsey’s reach goes even further than his own rising star. In April, Inverse reported on how Hank Williams’ 1949 ballad “Lovesick Blues” hit No. 22 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart. The song was Ramsey’s original ticket to fame; a video of his a cappella rendition in an Illinois Walmart delighted the internet back in March. Since then, Ramsey has landed some pretty prestigious gigs, including two appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and a surprise spot at Coachella.
The publicity set the stage for his new single and a record deal with Atlantic. And… how’s the song? Actually pretty good! It’s a straightforward example of country pop, though admittedly a little weird to hear an 11-year-old sing a story about love and being jaded by fame.
Check it out below:
Ramsey’s latest stop on this whirlwind of publicity was an appearance at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, this past weekend. Toward the end of Florida Georgia Line’s set, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley brought Ramsey on stage to deliver a rendition of “Lovesick Blues.”