"Accidental Racist" controversy sparks play

Friday, April 12, 2013 – Controversy over Accidental Racist proved good for play, Billboard reported on Friday.

The collaboration between Brad Paisley and LL Cool J over black/white relations and racism erupted at the beginning of the week with many questioning the meaning of the song. Paisley and LL Cool J both defended doing the song.

Billboard said the song from "Wheelhouse," which came out Tuesday, received 10 percent of the album's plays at Rhapsody. Billboard said it was the most played song on the album at Rhapsody. The new single, Beat This Summer, received seven percent of the total streams.

The song was the 28th most downloaded paid song at Amazon at about 4:15 p.m. Friday and ninth on the country sales chart.

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