Vamsi Kalakuntla’s “Hero” Hits #2 in the US Dance Charts

The dance charts in the US are notorious for being some of the hardest to crack. Few artists have been able to do so historically while still remaining true to their roots. Vamsi Kalakuntla, an Indian Texan from Hyderabad, is one such rarity. Known for melding cultural boundaries, Vamsi is introducing a vibrant fusion of Telugu and House music with his latest track, “Hero,” which dropped this past Friday. This single isn’t just a song; it’s an anthem celebrating the spirited fusion of Telugu beats with Afro and Latin House rhythms, inspired by the international success of “Naatu Naatu” from the Oscar-winning Telugu movie *RRR*.

What’s even more incredible is how “Hero” is blowing up worldwide. For instance – in the US, within just a few days of its release, it hit #2 on the US Dance iTunes Charts. This is a chart coveted by the biggest artists in music, and Vamsi is sitting high at the top. Additionally, before the song was released, snippets on Instagram took India by storm, trending with over 8,500 reels. This goes to show that in the TikTok and Spotify generation, if the algorithm favors you, anything can happen as an independent artist.

“Hero” marks Vamsi’s pioneering venture into Telugu-House music. Drawing creative inspiration from Drake’s “Massive” and Avicii’s lyrical genius in “The Nights,” Vamsi and his collaborator, Jonathan Camacho, have crafted a track that’s both a nod to tradition and a leap into the innovative. Jonathan, no stranger to the limelight, brings a decorated history of composing for ESPN’s “30 for 30” and producing music that has graced everything from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” to “Dancing With the Stars.”

Artists like Badshah and Diljit Dosanjh share vibes similar to Vamsi’s, appealing to fans who crave a blend of traditional and contemporary sounds. As Vamsi continues to gain recognition—recently invited to join The Recording Academy and named a Breakthrough Indian Artist to Watch by Amazon Music—his future in music looks bright. Dreaming of collaborations with global icons like David Guetta and Martin Garrix, and Indian stars like Diljit Dosanjh, Vamsi is not just crossing musical boundaries; he’s erasing them.

Discover “Hero” on Spotify and Apple Music, and follow Vamsi’s journey on Instagram and Twitter to catch all the behind-the-scenes action and updates on this trailblazing artist’s path.