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Did Oliver Anthony Turn Down $100K To Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl?

You know you've hit the big time when you become fodder for internet satire.

Published Aug 25, 2023

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Claim:
Internet star Oliver Anthony turned down a $100,000 to perform at the Super Bowl, and instead will do it for free.

On Aug. 24, 2023, The Dunning-Kruger Times published an article positing that singer Oliver Anthony, whose internet hit song "Rich Men North of Richmond" had just topped the Billboard Hot 100, turned down a lucrative offer to perform at the next Super Bowl:

Oliver Anthony Turns Down $100K to Sing the National Anthem: "I Sing That Song For Free"

Oliver Anthony continues to surprise his fans. After turning down offers of as much as $8 million for a recording deal, the meager farmer from South of Richmond accepted an offer to play the National Anthem at next year's Super Bowl.

There's just one catch: he's not taking any money.

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Sources

Patriot, Flagg Eagleton-. "Oliver Anthony Turns Down $100K to Sing the National Anthem: 'I Sing That Song For Free.'" Dunning-Kruger-Times.Com, 24 Aug. 2023, https://dunning-kruger-times.com/oliver-anthony-turns-down-100k-to-sing-the-national-anthem-i-sing-that-song-for-free/.

David Emery is a West Coast-based writer and editor with 25 years of experience fact-checking rumors, hoaxes, and contemporary legends.