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Jason Aldean's 'Try That in a Small Town' rockets to No. 2 on charts after music video controversy

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town” is experiencing exponential growth following controversy over its music video. The song, which was released in May, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week just behind BTS’s Jung Kook solo single “Seven,” featuring Latto. The track debuted with the biggest sales week for a country song in over 10 years. According to Luminate, the song hit 11.7 million on-demand audio and video streams between July 14 and 20, marking a 1,000% increase from 987,000 streams the previous week. Aldean has shared a statement about the song and video — filmed at a lynching site — saying they are not about race.