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Andre 3000’s Unconventional Debut Album Surprises Fans and Sets a Hot 100 Record

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Earlier this month, Andre 3000 delighted fans with the release of his highly anticipated debut album. However, those expecting a return to rap were in for a surprise, as Andre had a different artistic direction in mind. Upon announcing the project, he made it clear that this album would have “no bars,” and he certainly lived up to that promise. The outcome, titled “New Blue Sun,” is a collection of extended ambient jazz compositions featuring Andre prominently showcasing his flute skills. This departure from his usual style left fans with mixed feelings about the record.

Despite the experimental nature of the album, a considerable number of fans decided to give it a listen, propelling its opening track to debut on the Hot 100 this week. The self-aware and humorously titled “I Swear, I Really Wanted To Make A ‘Rap’ Album But This Is Literally The Way The Wind Blew Me This Time” entered the Hot 100 at number 90 this week. Remarkably, this marks Andre’s first appearance on the chart as a solo artist in over a decade, but the song’s most impressive feat goes beyond this.

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“I Swear” challenges conventional song lengths, extending beyond 10 minutes. Clocking in at 12 minutes and 20 seconds, the song sets a new record for the longest runtime of any track to ever grace the Hot 100. This achievement surpasses the previous record held by the progressive metal band Tool’s 2019 chart entry, “Fear Innoculum,” which lasted 10 minutes and 23 seconds.

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The concept of Billboard tracking the Hot 100’s longest entries gained attention in 2021 when Taylor Swift secured the number one spot with her song “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version).” With a runtime of 10 minutes and 13 seconds, it became the longest number one hit on the chart. Now, Andre 3000’s groundbreaking record-breaking accomplishment invites reflection. What are your thoughts on Andre 3000 breaking the record for the longest song ever to chart on the Hot 100? Have you embraced his experimental new album? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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