With ‘Racist’ singer David Blaine in the lead, ‘Hairy’ is the second-best-selling country album of the year.
It’s also the best-selling debut for a single, beating out ‘The Road’ by Jason Aldean, and the best seller for a compilation album, beating ‘Bad Blood’ by Jay-Z.
It also sold the most units of any album this year, with 2.4 million.
The track, which blares the phrase “black and white, you can’t be both” to its chorus, has been criticized for being racist.
Blaine said the song is meant to reflect “what we think and believe in, but we don’t have to live it to make it happen.”
“I hope people don’t think I’m going to turn a blind eye to the fact that racism and hatred exists,” he told Billboard.
“And that we have to face it and live it and overcome it and be better than it.”
Blaine also addressed his record label, Universal Music Group, and his own personal views.
“I just want people to know that I don’t condone racism or hatred, but I don, either,” he said.
“You don’t need to be a racist to love country music. I don