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Walmart Yodeling Meme Boosts Spotify Streams For Hank Williams Song By 2,452 Percent

 

The yodeling kid in Walmart, whose video became viral on social media sites, brought Hank Williams back on top of the charts.

Hank Williams Tops The Chart

According to Spotify, the song "Lovesick Blues," released back in 1949, received a 2,452 percent uptick in activity since the meme became viral. The 70-year-old track sits at the number 4 spot of the streaming platform's Global Viral 50, right behind The Weeknd, Cardi B, and Lil Dicky and Chris Brown.

Tyler, The Creator's "OKRA," Nicky Jam and J Balvin's "X," Tayla Parx and Khalid's "Runaway," Bad Wolves' rendition of "Zombie," NOTD and Bella Miller's "I Wanna Know," and The Weekend's "Wasted Times" complete the Top 10.

Williams was active around the '40s until his untimely death in 1953. A biopic about his life and career that starred Thor: Ragnarok's Tom Hiddleston was released in 2015. However, nothing brings a classic song back to the mainstream like a good old meme.

Walmart's Yodeling Boy

The boy behind the meme is named Mason Ramsey, 11 years old, from Golconda, Illinois, reported Rolling Stone. His original video on YouTube has crossed 10 million views since the channel Sonell Official published it on April 1.

The performance has also given birth to several other equally popular remixes from trap to EDM.

Of course, the viral video also sprouted countless memes all over the internet.

Ramsey recently appeared on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he talked about yodeling and how he is better at it than his grandpa. He also had much to say about Los Angeles, and the life he left briefly in Illinois. He told the daytime television host that he sings in Walmart because it is the only store in town, but he hopes to, one day, perform at the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country concert that has been broadcasting since 1925.

He also revealed that Williams is his favorite singer.

For his television debut, Ramsey, wearing a cowboy hat and armed with an acoustic guitar, treated the audience with a live performance of "Lovesick Blues."

After the song, DeGeneres surprised the boy by telling him that he has been invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, April 14. Walmart, Ramsey's favorite place to perform back in his hometown, will also be hosting a live concert at its Harrisburg location for its newest viral star.

Watch his performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below:

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