Thanks again to the "Mannequin Challenge," Rae Sremmurd is continuing holding the reigns of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with "Black Beatles." The song quickly shot to the top of the charts without much notice after the latest viral videos and the hit intertwined. The Weeknd's "Starboy" was aiming for the No. 1 spot with an increase in overall activity following a "Saturday Night Live" performance but Sremmurd's 2016 chart topper is spending its fourth week commanding the Hot 100 as well as the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks.
"Black Beatles" actually lost activity in two portions of the formula though the track remains No. 1 on each respective chart. On Digital Songs, "Beatles" stays put at the top with 83,000 downloads. Though it's still the most sold song of the week on the Dec. 6 refresh, it fell 40 percent in sales compared to the previous week's 138,000 copies. Also in its fourth week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, "Beatles" declines by 25 percent having 42 million hits overall. 25.6 million streams derived from YouTube views/listens and nearly another 11 million coming from Spotify--two streaming giants.
The song does however jump with radio airplay impressions for a third consecutive week, having the most gains. "Black Beatles" moves from No. 14 to No. 9 on Radio Songs after receiving 73 million impressions from any station that plays the trendy song in the United States.
Previous leader "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey held on for 12 weeks before Sremmurd's track grabbed the attention of mainstream music lovers. It dips to No. 3 on the Hot 100 as it only keeps strong on airplay formats. On Digital, it falls from No. 4 to No. 5 selling 46,000 copies, down a deep 37 percent. The song maintains its fourth position on Streaming even with the 17 percent decrease in hits on official platforms. It racked up 21.9 million listens. However, on Radio, "Closer" continues to lead at No. 1 with 139 million impressions across the country while also topping Pop Songs (Mainstream Top 40) for an 11th week.
Sales and streaming tracking runs Friday through Thursday while airplay is calculated from Monday through Thursday.