André 3000’s New Song Becomes the Longest to Ever Chart on the Billboard Hot 100

Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2022
Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2022. Photo by everett225/Depositphotos

André 3000’s decision to release his first album since Outkast’s breakup took everyone by surprise and his new music is making waves on the Billboard charts. The opening track of New Blue Sun made history as the longest song to make it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With the runtime of 12:20, “I Swear, I Really Wanted to Make a ‘Rap’ Album but This Is Literally the Way the Wind Blew Me This Time” isn’t even the longest song on New Blue Sun, but it’s pretty long by the Hot 100 standards. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at 90, becoming the longest-ever song to make it to this chart, breaking the record previously held by Tool’s “Fear Inoculum” at 10:21.

André 3000 discussed this song in an interview with NPR, and explained he opted for such a quirky title because his new album is all “about wind and breathing.” All song titles on New Blue Song have a similarly long, and that’s not a coincidence.

“They were long on purpose because I knew if this album has no lyrics that I would try to give as much thought or information in the titles. And I have been going through a phase where I love these really long titles,” André 3000 told NPR.

André 3000’s debut solo album New Blue Sun hit the shelves on November 17, and it features eight compositions of experimental flute music.