The 1978 disco confection enters the Global Excl. U.S. survey.
Among a dozen debuts on the latest Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart (dated Feb. 20), a golden oldie, and one that was never a chart hit upon its original release, arrives: Boney M.'s "Rasputin," at No. 168.
Bolstered by the #Rasputindancechallenge on TikTok, the 1978 disco track logs its fourth consecutive week of rising streams and sales across the globe. Over five weeks, comparing the week ending Jan. 14 to the week ending Feb. 11, "Rasputin" has surged from 2.2 million streams outside the U.S. in that first frame to 7.5 million in the latest week, and from under 300 downloads sold to 1,000, according to MRC Data.
The current interest in "Rasputin" signals a new era of charting for Boney M. The German-Caribbean ensemble first made impact with "Daddy Cool, "Ma Baker," and "Rivers of Babylon," all of which hit the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 in 1976-78, peaking at Nos. 87, 96 and 87, respectively.