Billboard Explains: Tommy Richman’s ‘Million Dollar’ Journey to the Charts

Billboard Explains: Tommy Richman’s ‘Million Dollar’ Journey to the Charts

Tommy Richman is riding high with his breakout anthem “Million Dollar Baby,” which he followed up on Friday (June 14) with “Devil Is a Lie.” Billboard delves into the Virginia native’s story and details his meteoric rise to stardom this year with the latest Billboard Explains video.

Richman hails from Woodbridge, Virginia, and got his start experimenting with music on platforms like SoundCloud in 2016. He gained some recognition from peers as a college freshman with the release of “Pleasantville,” which led to him dropping out of college altogether to pursue music.


The genre-blending artist signed to Brent Faiyaz’s indie creative agency ISO Supremacy in partnership with Pulse Music Group in 2023.

Richman earned his first collaboration with Faiyaz last year when he hopped on the R&B star’s “Upset,” which also featured Felix! and landed on Brent’s Larger Than Life album. The track peaked at No. 6 on the Hot R&B Songs chart.

Richman released a few solo singles before striking gold with “Million Dollar Baby,” which exploded upon arrival thanks to a viral TikTok snippet in the days leading up to its release.

“Million Dollar Baby” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and currently sits at No. 3 on the chart dated June 15. It also debuted atop the Streaming Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

Richman will look to build on the success of “Baby” with his new “Devil is a Lie” single, which hit streaming platforms on Friday. As far as what’s next, fans can expect a “Million Dollar Baby” music video, and the 24-year-old remains working on his debut album Coyote.

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The post “Billboard Explains: Tommy Richman’s ‘Million Dollar’ Journey to the Charts” by Michael Saponara was published on 06/14/2024 by