After a two month campaign to gather pre-saves for his unreleased song “Caroline” Fritz Hager has finally announced a drop date. “CAROLINE DROPS JANUARY 12!!!” The American Idol season 20 fourth place finisher wrote on Instagram. “I’m so excited to be able to share this song with you guys, remember to keep pre-saving, let’s make this song take over the world!”
A mere three days ago, the singer songwriter complained about “faceless old white dudes in suits” telling him he’s not good enough.
“There are a bunch of faceless old white dudes in suits telling me that I’m not good enough.”
“This song you’re listening to has nearly 13k pre-saves but doesn’t have a release date,” Fritz wrote on November 14. “I don’t want to get too emotional, but it still blows my mind. Right now there are a bunch of faceless old white dudes in suits telling me that I’m not good enough. That I’m a risky investment.”
The singer continued, “But there’s 13 thousand of YOU that say otherwise. I need that more than you can know. Keep sharing, keep pre-saving, and one way or another, this song will be out.” Fritz then boldly declares, “It’ll be a hit, and those same faceless old white guys in suits will wish they saw what you did. Thank you for believing in me, and for letting me believe in myself.”
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Fritz’s saga to convince The Powers That Be to release the song began on September 29. Fritz promised to allow his fans to help choose a design for his next tattoo if they could bump “Caroline” pre-saves from 3K to 15K.
Fritz needed 15K pre-saves to release the song
“Once I get to 15,000,” said Fritz, “I’m gonna go through the comments and randomly select a tattoo to get,” adding, “If it pops off, every 15,000 pre-saves is a new tattoo.“My body is your canvas. “I’m selling my soul here. Do what you gotta do.”
Fritz was HOPING to release “Caroline” before Thanksgiving. But he’s yet to reach the 15K threshold the “faceless old white dudes in suits” are demanding. It’s worth noting that Fritz is never specific about the gatekeepers. But it’s not a stretch to assume 19 Recordings, American Idol’s recording arm, is working with him. 19Recordings has released songs from Francisco Martin, Grace Leer, Casey Bishop, Chayce Beckham, HunterGirl and more.
A few weeks later, after garnering 10K pre-saves, Fritz claimed he was shooting a music video for a “song that does not have a release date!”
Fritz is out on tour with Francisco Martin, Jonny West and Allegra Miles
Meanwhile, Fritz is is out on the “Don’t Blink Tour” alongside fellow American Idol alums Jonny West (S18), Francisco Martin (S18) and Allegra Miles (S20). The 13 date tour kicked off on October 16, and will end in San Francisco on December 14.
Congrats on that release date, Fritz.