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By: Elias J. Atienza
The libertarian band Backwordz, lead by The Libertarian Republic contributor Eric July, will make the upcoming Billboard charts with an impressive showing with their new album Veracity.
The band snagged the #1 spot on Alternative New Artist and #2 on Heatseekers Album Chart, which is dedicated to new and upcoming bands. They also managed to get #5 on Hard Rock chart, #11 on Rock and #12 on Rap. Overall, they managed to get #68 on on the Top 200 chart, which is the main chart for the top 200 albums in the US. They rounded out with getting the #43 spot in terms of digital sales and #123 with physical sales.
It’s pretty amazing that Veracity has done as well it has. Backwordz and Being Libertarian conducted an aggressive social media campaign which was helped with some shout outs from libertarian personalities like Julie Borowski. It’s also amazing considering the type of music Veracity is; a libertarian and anarcho-capitalist message with songs such as “Statism”, “Self-Ownership” and “Utopias Don’t Exist.”
“This is an incredible feeling. But it’s not just because we debut with a top spot on the Billboard charts, it’s how. We kept it independent and we created a liberty-themed album on top of that,” Eric July said to TLR when asked how he felt about making such a strong showing. “I’m just glad to be in a position to infiltrate the arts with our message because it is much needed. Hopefully we bring a lot of libertarians out of the closet and inspire them to use their talents to promote such a beautiful message.”