Does Hollywood’s conservative blacklist extend to the music industry?

Buddy Brown had a rude awakening when he hit Nashville to start his music career.

The country singer says he found label executives willing to work with him, but they insisted he keep his right-wing politics out of the recording studio.

Brown balked. He went rogue, forging a solo career without studio interference.

Was this experience an outlier? Or, is the music industry following the not-so-soft blacklist against conservative stars we see across Hollywood?

A new report from suggests so.

The industry site reports that several right-wing songs are nowhere to be found on radio stations nationwide despite skyrocketing sales. Nor are established labels rushing to sign indie acts with right-wing crowds.

And those crowds can be huge.

John Rich’s “Progress” is just one example. The Big and Rich alum promoted the song, which ignites liberal pieties, on both Truth Social and Rumble. The platforms embrace free speech without punishing conservative thinking, unlike most social media giants.

The song rocketed up the charts without any mainstream support, and Billboard notes that the success did not translate to radio airplay. The singer does not regret anything.

“I don’t have to bend my knee to beat the machine,” Rich told Billboard.

Other conservative hits include Aaron Lewis’ “Am I the Only One”, Loza Alexander’s “Let’s Go Brandon” and Tom MacDonald’s “Fake Woke”. All three crushed the competition in digital sales, but fans couldn’t hear them on their favorite radio stations.

It is not a coincidence.

Billboard notes that radio stations routinely ignore right-wing songs, regardless of their success.

History suggests that these leads are too divisive. Maybe, even if the radio had a blast with Green Day’s “American Idiot” in 2004, and now, without the industry getting involved.

This song directly targeted President George W. Bush and his War on Terror campaign.

MacDonald said Billboard music stations could unofficially boycott an artist who doesn’t respect current groupthink. It effectively captures MacDonald, who is not conservative in the traditional sense, but promotes inclusion and free thinking.

“If a radio station says, ‘That’s awesome, let’s put this on rotation’, and then they say, ‘Let me do five seconds of research on this artist’, they’re going to say, ‘Actually, whoa, damn that .'”

A more disturbing anecdote on comes from Jordan Kurland, director of Death Cab for Cutie and progressive activist. Kurland suggests that Interscope Records would face a backlash from progressive artists if it adopted a right-wing voice.

“They’re not going to take that risk,” Kurland told

Sound familiar?

This thinking aligns with modern Hollywood, an industry that hates alternative viewpoints. Will & Grace alums Debra Messing and Eric McCormack briefly vowed to blacklist stars who have supported President Donald Trump before publicly backing down from that stance.

Conservative actors like Antonio Sabato, Jr. say their ideology has practically wiped out their professional careers.

Other stars keep their right-wing views private for fear of professional retaliation.

In this toxic atmosphere, conservative players like Tim Allen and Jon Voight are notable exceptions, and even they seem to suffer. Allen’s hit ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” got the ax under mysterious conditions. The star was also overlooked for “Lightyear,” the Pixar spin-off film based on his Buzz Lightyear character.

Voight’s superlative run on “Ray Donovan” couldn’t net the superstar a single Emmy win.

Comedian Michael Loftus said he tried to start a centrist late-night talk show, but TV executives told him they couldn’t be seen as being friendly on the right. And it took Fox News to create a late-night show that didn’t echo the same liberal talking points shared by Stephen Colbert and his ilk.

The result?

“Gutfield! is the new king of late night, and Hollywood, Inc. doesn’t care that it left all that money on the table for Fox News to pick up.

Is it a stretch to think that the music industry follows this unofficial blacklist?

In the past, radio stations often avoided progressive protest songs…. or the artists themselves. The Dixie Chicks faced radio wrath after singer Natalie Maines pointed the finger at President George W. Bush as the war in Iraq approached.

It wasn’t for any particular song, though. The band’s collective stance persuaded stations to boycott the band’s music.

Garth Brooks struggled to get his 1992 song “We Shall Be Free,” which was about racism and marriage equality, major airplay.


That was decades before entertainment culture became less supportive of free speech and more opposed to right-wing views.

Billboard admits it, several times, in its history.

Usually, this kind of indie hit catches the eye of mainstream labels and radio stations – but they tend to shy away from conservative music. “Political songs just don’t work for us,” says Julie Stevens, program director for San Jose, Calif., country station 95.3 KRTY. “Even those who say, ‘We all need to love each other and get along’.”

MacDonald told Billboard that he asked fans to call their local radio stations to get his music played without success. Some of the sources for the stories say that any song that divides, left or right, will face similar thumbs.

Country music, which should lend itself to its right-wing base, doesn’t always reflect its audience.

The industry canceled superstar Morgan Wallen after he was caught saying the n-word during a private conversation. The insult wasn’t aimed at any black people, but the industry thrashed Wallen — even though his fan base never left him.

Meanwhile, the newly baptized chicks don’t have to worry about their progressive activism hurting radio airplay.

Other elements of the music world reflect a deeply progressive worldview.

Modern music awards shows double as DNC platforms, embracing Black Lives Matter and spouting liberal talking points from the stage. These shows rarely, if ever, take right-wing views.

Considering all of the above, it’s fair to say that Music, Inc. is keeping conservative artists at bay.

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