Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Jelly Roll Scores First-Ever Entry On Billboard Hot 100 Chart With “Son Of A Sinner”: “I Can’t Believe It!”

Jelly Roll “can’t believe” he scored his first-ever entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Son Of A Sinner.”

On Tuesday (July 12), Billboard shared a video on Instagram of the singer/songwriter excitedly talking about his latest achievement.

“What an unreal day y’all. So, as long as I’ve been doing music, I’ve always dreamed of charting on Billboard in any way I possibly could and today we debuted in the Hot 100 on Billboard,” Jelly Roll said in the clip.

The 35-year-old Nashville native went on to thank his fans for their support.

“This is absolute insanity to me y’all. I can’t believe it!” he said in a state of shock. “This song is taking a life of its own. Thank you to everybody who’s streaming, downloading and just repeat playing ‘Son Of A Sinner.’ Thank you so much y’all. Let’s take this thing to the Top 20 baby!”

According to Luminate, “Son Of A Sinner” debuted with 6.6 million radio airplay audience impressions, 5.8 million U.S. streams (up 41%) and 2,000 downloads sold in the July 1-7 tracking week. 

Jelly Roll Recently Reacted To Hearing “Son Of A Sinner” On Country Radio For The First-Time Ever

The genre-bending star recently heard “Son Of A Sinner” on country radio for the first-time ever and shared his reaction to YouTube.

“This is me on the radio y’all in Nashville, Tennessee…the first time I’ve heard myself on country radio,” he said in the video. “The Nashville boy, baby. I’m from Antioch [Tennessee], motherf*ckers, listen,” he added excitedly.

Jelly Roll then paused for a moment, so fans could hear the song playing on 103.3 Country WKDF and was all smiles as he listened.

“I’ve had a sh*tty week, a horrible week, y’all,” Jelly Roll explained of his excited, but emotional reaction. “Man, this is like God winking to me. This is like my dad telling me everything is going to be okay. Let’s f*cking go,” he said with tears in his eyes.

Earlier this summer, the hitmaker made his national television debut with a performance of the chart-climbing hit on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

“Son Of A Sinner,” which is currently in the Top 30 at country radio and was the most-added song when it impacted country radio on April 18, details Jelly Roll’s previous struggles with addiction. 

“These backroads got me / These pills pretend to be my friend / I’m done for the last time / I’m lying to myself again / I always say that / Now I’m on my way back here somehow / I should know by now,” he sings on the second verse.

Later, on the chorus, he adds, “I’m just a long haired son of a sinner / Searching for new ways I can get gone / I’m a pedal to the highway if you ever wonder why we write these songs / ‘Cause I’m only one drink away from the devil / I’m only one call away from home / Yeah, I’m somewhere in the middle / I guess I’m just a little / Right and wrong…”

“Son Of A Sinner” follows the success of “Dead Man Walking,” Jelly Roll’s first-ever No.1 on rock radio

Both tracks appear on his 2021 album, Ballads Of The Broken

The Tennessee native recently teamed up with Brantley Gilbert on the rowdy tune “Son Of The Dirty South.” The collaboration blends the artists’ country/rock/hip-hop influences and finds the pair sharing their love for the South and everything associated with it.

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