Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane’s “Black Beatles” has surged from #9 to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, unseating the Chainsmokers and Halsey’s “Closer” after 12 weeks on top. Phew, “One Sweet Day” can enjoy some more sweet days.
“Black Beatles” is the first #1 hit for the brothers Sremm, Guwop, and producer Mike WiLL Made-It. Its sudden rise can be credited to its appearance in viral #MannequinChallenge videos, including one by Paul McCartney himself captioned “Love those Black Beatles.”
Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd tells Billboard, “You do what you want in this world, and people either love you or hate you for it. Thanks to everyone that stands behind us.” Mike Will adds:
To be able to put Gucci Mane, the person that gave me my first opportunity in music, and Rae Sremmurd, the debut artist from my [imprint, Eardrummer; Rae Sremmurd’s name is a reversal of “drummer’s ear”], on what’s both [Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane’s] biggest record ever, and the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 for both, is something I could have never imagined or dreamed of. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment to be a part of.
He also called the song “the best song I have produced so far in my career.”
Maybe a small bit of order has been restored because the Chainsmokers are no longer #1 (for at least a week) and a Beatle still has more influence than Drake, helping an up-and-coming act without stealing from them. Bravo, Sir Paul.