Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” Tops The Hot 100 And Dethrones The Chainsmokers

November 14 2016, 12:29 pm


After 12 weeks at No. 1, The Chainsmokers slip to No. 2 thanks to Rae Sremmurd's viral "Black Beatles."

The Chainsmokers' Halsey-assisted song "Closer" was approaching Mariah Carey's record breaking 16-week reign at No. 1 with “One Sweet Day,” but the hip hop duo put a stop to that with "Black Beatles" thanks to the #MannequinChallenge. Their song was featured in videos from Paul McCartney to Hillary Clinton, and because of Billboard's adjusted streaming data, it helped them top the charts.

Numbers jargon from Billboard:

"Black Beatles" bounds to No. 1 on the Hot 100 as the newly-crowned top-selling and most-streamed song of the week (and is the top gainer in both metrics). It vaults 16-1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, up 320 percent to 144,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, and 5-1 on Streaming Songs (43.3 million U.S. streams, up 122 percent). Of its streams for the week, 20.8 million are from YouTube plays (up from 8.7 million) and 12.1 million are from Spotify clicks (up from 5.8 million). The track also roars 5-1 on Billboard's audio subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart with 22.4 million on-demand streams, up 108 percent.

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” slips to No. 3 after five weeks at No. 2. Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens" drops to No. 4 and DJ Snake's "Let Me Love You," featuring Justin Bieber bumps down to No. 5 from its No. 4 Hot 100 peak.

It's a bit odd a song can chart the Billboard Hot 100 based off of social media clips. What a time to be alive.

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