Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rae Sremmurd Brings Back the 'Beatles'

Rae Sremmurd "Black Beatles"
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Rae Sremmurd "Black Beatles"

Plus, Sia's 'The Greatest' surges 52-24 following the arrival of its video & Justin Bieber ups his total of Hot 100 hits.

As previously reported, The Chainsmokers lead the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 1) for a fifth week with "Closer," featuring Halsey. Meanwhile, DJ Snake hits the top 10 with "Let Me Love You," featuring Justin Bieber. Plus, Lady Gaga's new single "Perfect Illusion" debuts at No. 15.

Among other notable Hot 100 chart moves:

Sia Feat. Kendrick Lamar, "The Greatest"
Sia's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, holds at No. 4, while remaining the most-heard song on U.S. radio, tallying a seventh week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (134 million, down 6 percent). Concurrently, her new single, "The Greatest," featuring Kendrick Lamar, soars 52-24 in its second week on the Hot 100. The latter adds top Streaming Gainer honors, fueled by its 177 percent streaming increase, to 10.2 million U.S. clicks in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Nielsen Music, following the first full tracking week after the Sept. 5 arrival of its official video.

Post Malone feat. Justin Bieber, "Déjà Vu"
As previously reported, the collab is the top debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, at No. 25. On the Hot 100, the song starts at No. 75. While it's Post Malone's third visit to the Hot 100, it's Bieber's 65th, ranking him 10th among male artists for the most in the chart's history (which dates to Aug. 4, 1958). Lil Wayne leads all males with 132, while Bieber moves closer to the legend in ninth place, Elton John, with 67.

Rae Sremmurd Feat. Gucci Mane, "Black Beatles"
The duo of Rae Sremmurd (plus Gucci Mane) brings The Beatles back to the Hot 100 … at least in the title field.

While The Beatles have charted 71 Hot 100 entries as a group, including a record 20 No. 1s, "Black Beatles" is the seventh entry that name-checks the band in its title. Here is the full list, by peak position:

Peak Pos., Title, Artist, Peak Date
No. 12, " The Beatles' Movie Medley," The Beatles, May 8, 1982
No. 39, "We Love You Beatles," The Carefrees, April 11, 1964
No. 68, "4 – By the Beatles," The Beatles, March 27, 1965
No. 85, "A Letter to the Beatles," The Four Preps, April 4, 1964
No. 92, "Four by the Beatles," The Beatles, June 27, 1964
No. 96 (to date), "Black Beatles," Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, Oct. 1, 2016

Notably, three of the titles above are actually by The Beatles. Thus, "Black Beatles" is the first Hot 100 entry to reference The Beatles in a title – but is not by them – since two such songs at the height of Beatlemania in 1964: "We Love You Beatles," by The Carefrees, and "A Letter to the Beatles," by The Four Preps.

Rae Sremmurd Are Bona Fide Rock Stars in 'Black Beatles' Video

In the newly released video for "Black Beatles," Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi join with Mike Will Made-It and Gucci Mane for a modern-day hip-hop version of sorts of the Fab Four.

As for the actual Beatles, they make their own chart news this week, logging their 32nd top 10 on the Billboard 200 with Live at the Hollywood Bowl.


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