The pre-teen's controversial song debuts at No. 29 thanks to strong streaming figures
Alison Gold's gone-viral hit "Chinese Food" debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, thanks almost exclusively to its popularity on YouTube.
The 12-year-old singer's ode to tasty Chinese cuisine earned nearly 5 million U.S. streams in the chart's tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, all from YouTube. (The Hot 100 ranks the most popular songs of the week, based on airplay, streams and sales.)
Due to the song's popularity on YouTube, it concurrently arrives at No. 5 on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart, the week's highest new entry.
Both surveys will refresh on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz tomorrow (Oct. 24).
The song is essentially a YouTube-only phenomenon at this point (having been posted on Oct. 14): it did, however, sell 1,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, it has not been played on any of the nearly 1,600 U.S. radio stations that are monitored by BDS, nor is it being promoted to radio for airplay.
"Chinese Food" was released by ARK Music Factory, the same company behind Rebecca Black's 2011 viral single "Friday." The latter tune reached No. 58 on the Hot 100 (prior to YouTube data counting toward the chart) and went on to sell 441,000 downloads.
The "Chinese Food" song and video, which was written and co-produced by ARK Music Factory co-founder Patrice Wilson, remains controversial and has been derided in social circles as being racist in the days following its release. ABC's "Nightline" reached out to Wilson regarding the controversy, who said, "I just really love Chinese food and that is why I wrote a song about it. People are entitled to their opinion."