Barack Obama Debuts on Billboard Hot R&B Chart
The former president appears on 'Hamilton's' "One Last Time" remix.
Former President Barack Obama made his debut on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart this week, landing at No. 22 on the Jan. 5-dated rankings with "One Last Time (44 Remix)."
The song starts with 307,000 on-demand U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 27, according to Nielsen Music.
Creator of the Broadway hit musical Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda released the track, which is a gospel-inspired remix of a song from the show, on Dec. 20. The release was part of a series of "Hamildrops" that are aimed to raise money for several different nonprofits.
The chart appearance comes after Hamilton co-creators Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire received a special honor for groundbreaking work at the Kennedy Center Honors in early December.
The track — whose name is a throwback to Obama, the 44th president — features original Hamilton castmember Christopher Jackson, gospel musician BeBe Winans, and of course, the former politician, who delivers George Washington's farewell address. Jackson played Washington in the original run of the musical.
Obama previously appeared on two now-defunct Billboard charts. A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama hit No. 6 on the TV DVD Sales tally in March 2009, while a song, "Pop Off," by JX Cannon featuring Obama, reached No. 10 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists in December 2015.
An instant pop-culture behemoth, Hamilton nabbed a record 16 Tony nominations and 11 wins in 2016. The musical is a take on the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton.