An up-close chat with the singers of the Billboard Hot 100's No. 3 smash 'Ho Hey.'
"We never really thought it would do what it did. It's kind of an unlikely tune to reach as many people as it has," Wesley Schultz, lead singer and guitarist for the Lumineers admits of the folky, stomp-and-clap "Ho Hey," the group's debut hit that bullets at No. 3 in its 33rd week on the Billboard Hot 100.
Still, the song has become a multi-format smash, topping Billboard's Rock Songs, Alternative, Adult Pop Songs and Triple A charts. Parent album "The Lumineers" this week reaches No. 1 on the Rock Albums chart this week at last in its 42nd frame.
"People also say [the song] is something they play at their wedding, [for] their first dance," Schultz says.
The Lumineers, which added a second Triple A topper with "Stubborn Love," their next single at pop and adult pop radio, chatted with Billboard recently at the iHeartRadio Theater, presented by P.C. Richard & Son, in New York City. Check out the entire video above with Schultz, drummer Jeremiah Fraites and cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek.
Clearly, the Lumineers are grateful to find a wider audience thanks to their breakout success. "I think the ultimate goal for anybody is to have your music reach the most people you can get it to," Schultz says. "That's what's happening. We're truly lucky."
- Chart Beat