The gospel legend rules the chart thanks to continued social media buzz.
Genre icon Shirley Caesar, 79, earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart (dated Dec. 10), as "Hold My Mule," featuring Albertina Walker and Milton Brunson, rises 2-1. Caesar, who first reached a Billboard chart in 1975 and originally released "Mule" in 1988, reigns as the track leads Gospel Streaming Songs for a second week, up by 268 percent to 3 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. On Gospel Digital Songs, "Mule" debuts at No. 12 (up 109 percent).
As reported last week when "Mule" debuted at No. 2 on Hot Gospel Songs, in the tradition of recent social media memes like the Mannequin Challenge has come the U Name It Challenge, which started when remix mastermind Suede created an update of "Mule," with special focus on the line, "beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, lamb," among other food shout-outs, all timely tie-ins leading up to Thanksgiving. "Mule" gained greater traction when Chris Brown posted a video dancing to the song, inspiring further viral clips.