Music Industry Critic Bob Lefsetz Demands the Cancellation of Aaron Lewis as ‘Am I The Only One’ Gains Steam

Aaron Lewis performing 'Am I The Only One' Live
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Aaron Lewis performing 'Am I The Only One' Live
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Aaron Lewis performing ‘Am I The Only One’ Live

As ‘Am I The Only One’ continues to rack up downloads and streams, music industry critic Bob Lefsetz has demanded that Aaron Lewis get dropped by Big Machine Label Group. Now, the CEO of Big Machine is responding.

‘Am I The Only One’ is one of the more controversial songs to emerge this year — and one of the most successful. Now, music industry critic Bob Lefsetz is demanding that Big Machine Label Group drop Aaron Lewis based on the content of the just-released song. Aaron Lewis is signed to Valory Music Co., an imprint owned by Big Machine.

“It’s HEINOUS!” Lefsetz wrote. “This middle class, right wing wanker has recorded a song that should have been played at CPAC, in between speeches by nitwits like Lauren Boebert saying to refuse the ‘Fauci ouchie.'”

“Why does Valory release such crap,” Lefsetz continued. “Come on [Big Machine CEO] Scott Borchetta, David Geffen dropped the Geto Boys over their odious lyrics and now you’re marketing this junk?”

“Come on Scott, get your head out of your rear end. How much money are you gonna make here anyway, and it is all about the money at this point, right?”

For those that haven’t listened to the song yet, ‘Am I The Only One’ is a conservative take on the current state of America, one that criticizes tearing down statues and the left-leaning Bruce Springsteen (among other things).  The track has just entered Billboard’s country chart at number one, and MRC Data has tracked more than 4 million streams of the track in the past week alone. And that’s before the track goes to country radio.

Now, Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta is responding to Lefsetz — and flatly refusing to drop the artist.

“To just ‘cancel’ (drop) Aaron is ridiculous and I’m disappointed that you would even suggest such a thing,” Borchetta responded late Friday. “Comparing Aaron Lewis to the Ghetto Boys? That’s a reach and a half. You don’t have to agree or acknowledge, but Aaron’s message is speaking to millions of people. Let it be a wake up call to Reps and Dems alike – be loud and be heard!”

Borchetta also defending Aaron Lewis on First Amendment grounds, while refusing to interfere with artist messaging. “Firstly, I believe in the First Amendment,” Borchetta relayed. “My job has never been to tell my artists what to sing and write about.  My job has always been about identifying unique talent with a unique voice and a unique point of view.”

“Aaron Lewis and I have political disagreements.  But there are also things we agree on.  I think that’s the foundation for the idea of our country.  It doesn’t work if we’re so divided that we can’t reach across the aisle, have a conversation or an argument, and ultimately, shake hands.  If we can’t do that, and this moment is so divisive, we may never get our country back.”

52 Responses

  1. Peter

    Silencing free speech is a slippery slope. Learn from history.

    • Bob spelled backwards is Bob

      Bob Lefsetz is a Democrat.

      Who does he think put up all those statues to Confederates? Democrats did!

      Democrats were in favor of slavery! They were the pro-slavery party!

      Democrats were in favor of Jim Crow! That’s a fact!

      Democrats instituted poll taxes and literacy tests! That’s a fact!

      Democrats were against allowing black people to have guns to defend themselves. That’s a fact!

      Democrats started the KKK. That’s a fact!

      Democrats were in favor of segregation!

      Democrats were not in favor of the Civil Rights Acts in the 1950s and 1960s as much as Republican were.

      Democrats want “separate but equal” today on college campuses.

      Nobody is proposing that we re-name everything “Robert Byrd” in West Virginia, the Democrat who was a former KKK kleagle, and whom Joe Biden eulogized after Byrd died in 2010. No, the fascist Left only wants to tear down some things. They don’t want to read or learn from history.

      • Bob doesn't know history

        Funny how such a fan of history is leaving out the part about conservatives leaving the Democratic party for the Republican party during the civil rights era.

        • James

          The Democrat party has always been the party of racism. They just change their favored races every now and then.

          • Browser McMurphy

            That a very overarching statement that makes some assumptions based on your opinion over fact. You have failed…again.

        • Politics

          Which Republicans today are in favor of separate drinking fountains, separate schools, literacy tests for voting, putting blacks in the back of the bus, or taking away gun rights from blacks?


          The theory that “the parties switched” during the 60s, or during Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” is garbage. Jimmy Carter sought support from segregationists when he ran for Gov of Georgia in 1970. Bill Clinton’s political mentor, J. William Fulbright, was a segregationist.

          Black Democrats today are the embodiment of what Malcolm X referred to as the “House Negro” is his late period speeches.

          • Kev

            Nothing like an ignorant comment to try and make a case, then completely self-decimate your house of cards. Pitiful

          • FACT CHECK

            Gov George Wallace and his current team of party supporters

          • FACT CHECK

            Wallace, one of the most controversial politicians in U.S. history, was elected governor of Alabama in 1962 under an ultra-segregationist platform. In his 1963 inaugural address, Wallace promised his white followers: Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever! However, the promise lasted only six months. In June 1963, under federal pressure, he was forced to end his blockade of the University of Alabama and allow the enrollment of African American students……………ITS ABOUT SKIN COLOR …not POLITICS…both DEM and REP agreed on the 3/5th clause in the constitution

      • Pops

        Zzzzz. The us vs them things is tired. You point a finger at others and you’ve got 4 more pointing back at yourself. For your stupidity and generalizations, I’ve got one finger for you. Eat a bag of dicks, idiot.

      • Mary

        The Dems are trying to silence anyone who doesn’t agree with their agenda & rewrite history to suit themselves. With the collusion of sensational journalism they have muddied ( or should I say) bloodied the waters. We The People must prevent Totalitarianism in this Country. Talk to anyone who comes from Columbia, China or any other Government controlled country. The average lives are hopeless. People’s good names are being ruthlessly defamed by hateful rhetoric in the mainstream news.
        Since when does the Government control what we choose to listen to on the radio. What gives the Soros, Google, Facebooks of the world the right to take our Freedoms of choice away from us? I don’t believe Soros is even a citizen of the USA. He should be considered a criminal, if you ask me.

        • Reeeee

          I really didn’t give a crap about this song until I saw all the REEEE folks getting upset about it. I just went and downloaded the song. I’ll continue to buy every product that gets them reeeeeing.

    • Eric

      Funny how it’s communist, socialist, and marxist (guarantee you can’t even explain what any of those 3 are) to suggest Aaron be boycotted, yet it’s “patriotic” for Aaron to suggest boycotting Bruce Springsteen.

    • Peter hasn't read the first amendment

      Interesting argument that calling for boycotting this song is a violation of free speech (hint: it’s not), but the song itself is calling for boycotting Springsteen and that’s fine. You people couldn’t be any bigger hypocrites. Also, just FYI, free speech only applies to the government suppressing its people. The government isn’t involved in this conversation. This is the free market talking.

  2. Maynard G Krebs

    Or a failed music attorney turned music critic!

  3. 3

    Go Bob Lefsetz! I’m normally not as big of a fan, but I am 100% with you on this one!

    • Greg

      Communist and socialist and Marxist like to stamp out free speech. It’s really cool Aaron Lewis is a true patriot who loves America and its founding values.

      • Loser Alert

        Coming from someone who heard the term once and now uses it…what exactly is a Marxist and how does that term relate to your comment and the context of the discussion? I didn’t think so.

  4. Dr D

    I don’t know why, anyone even pays attention to this old fart!
    His music industry ‘analysis’ is at times amusing , but mostly just rehashed ideas from other peoples writing. I’ve listened to a few of his podcasts, and judging by some of the questions he was asking, it appears he struggles with basic concepts of music copyright laws and concepts.
    As for his political views, you can only be enthusiastic about socialism (aka communism), if you’ve never lived under it!

    • Danny

      Hey Dr D I’m pretty sure that Aaron or nobody else gives a damn what your opinion is about anything so why don’t you shut up and crawl back in your hole

  5. Ben

    This is ridiculous, if this is the case all artists music, film and television should be dropped. We are all free to speak our mind and our beliefs in this country. The whole point of politics is take a little, give a little and meet in the middle and do what is right for America and its people.

  6. Aaron

    Shut your bitch ass up no one care about what you have to say, if you dint like aaron then don’t listen to his music have a nice day.. siiike

    • 310-568-3220

      Real tough guy , you little pussy behind a computer who would never speak that way to anyone in person. Fuck you (and I would tell you that to your face).

  7. JMOB

    So because Aaron Lewis sings a song you don’t like. You want it removed from the air waves. Sounds like communists views to me. Just because his views are different from yours or mine doesn’t give you right to ban or censor his music. Change the station or download a different Playlist. Freedom of speech is worth fighting for. I’m so tired of people like you that think Because someone thinks differently from you there a criminal or racist. It’s called difference of opinion deal with and stop persecuting people for there believes. Let freedom rain for everyone.

    • Eric

      So then you also believe Aaron is communist for wanting Bruce Springsteen boycotted? Oh wait, more of the “it’s fine when we do it” bullshit.

      • JTJ

        Unless I’m missing something he said elsewhere, the song lyrics are “Am I the only one who quits singin’ along, Every time they play a Springsteen song …”

        That’s quite a far cry from calling for a boycott of Springsteen.

  8. Michael C

    Aaron is just saying what MILLIONS of true American patriots are thinking..!!! You can’t “cancel” us all..!! Time to take back our country. !!

    • Bobby

      Amen. Liberals are scum who need to be beaten to a pulp.

      • Bobby is a Booby

        The only thing you’re beating is your meat.

        • Ignacio

          From a guy who knows how to handle that tweezer well, no doubt.

    • Michael can't C

      There’s far more of “us” than there are of “you”. Also, “your” country only lasted for 5 years and lost the war against ours. You were cancelled 150 years ago, bub.

  9. tupelo tom

    not a fan of Country, but glad the guy is making lefties soil themselves.

    • Idiot Detector

      Way to be a sucker. This is an effort by the artist to use the idiocy some people (like you) have against “the left” to backlash against a fake cancel to boost sales and spotlight. Way to fall for it.

  10. John Barker

    Lefsetz is a bigoted, intolerant, arrogant piece of shit – it’s people like this who are dividing the country and actively conspiring to bring about the end of democracy and free speech – and they call themselves liberals? What a joke! Nobody is calling for the cancellation of Lefsetz – he should be free to spread his poison for everyone to see until he becomes irrelevant.

  11. Bring a bucket and a mop

    Bob Lefsetz probably listens to W.A.P. every night on his Sonos System.

  12. Mr.72

    Just another hypocrite who wants stuff he doesn’t agree with made unavailable to the free people of America. God forbid people formulate their own opinions and educate themselves. What a perfect world the left would have if the only movies, songs, TV shows and information available was nothing but what they wanted you to emotionally invest in. I wonder if this clown took the time to realize that this record company has made produced liberal and conservative artists alike…

  13. Mr. Suavena

    Well , I did it, listened to the song backwards… says that Bob is a Mitch.

    • The Dee Gees

      I listened to the song backwards and it told me to Hail Satin.

      • Howard the Duck

        I played the song backwards, too. It says, “Gas the Jews.”

  14. Death to Bob Lefsetz

    It’s time to pay Bob Lefsetz a visit and burn him and his family alive.

    • Ahh ha ha ha.

      Wow, your comment is so intelligent and well thought-out. I’m very impressed by your grammar, spelling and syntax, as well. Please keep posting your superior honesty and truth. It is refreshing to hear such a voice of reason.

  15. Dr. Fraudci

    Liberals must be destroyed for America to survive.

    • Draken

      Zzzz. No matter what name you post under, it’s still rubbish.

  16. lisa

    Funny how Demi Lovato can sing a song directed at Trump, on national TV at that and nobody bats an eye. But god forbid someone who feels frustrated from the opposite side, oh it should be banned…..SMH

  17. James G

    This song is amazing! Bob is just another moron from the Left. I don’t think he realizes how many millions of us agree with everything Aaron says in this song. This song should be played over and over on country radio!