New around the world doesn't quite describe it. Since the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. lists launched last September, contemporary songs have ranked among hits from the 1970s, '80s and '90s ("Bohemian Rhapsody," "Take on Me, "Gangsta's Paradise"), updates of even older classics (Surf Mesa's "ily," featuring Emilee) and a mix of the two, like when Boney M. hit the Global Excl. U.S. chart in February with 1978's "Rasputin" and again in May with Majestic's remix.
On the June 19-dated Global 200, another reinvention debuts, as Papua New Guinea's Justin Wellington and Small Jam, from the Solomon Islands, arrive at No. 157 with "Iko Iko," their take on a standard whose origins date to 1953 in New Orleans. While Wellington updates the song's lyrics ("bestie" joins the mix), the title and melody endure.