Barack Obama Makes His Billboard Hot R&B Chart Debut
44 enters the Billboard chart with a hat tip to a founding father
Barack Obama has added another accolade to his ever-expanding resumé. This week, the former president landed at number 22 on Billboard’s Hot R&B chart, appearing on “One Last Time (44 Remix)” with BeBe Winans and Hamilton cast member Christopher Jackson.
The remix arrived on December 21st as the latest “Hamildrop” from the Lin Manuel Miranda production, featuring Obama’s recitation of a portion of George Washington’s farewell address. Proceeds from the “Hamildrop” series will be donated to a range of non-profit organizations. Though it’s his first appearance on the Hot R&B chart, Obama is no stranger to Billboard. In 2009, A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama landed at No. 6 on the, now defunct, TV DVD Sales chart, while JX Cannon’s flip of an Obama soundbite (“Pop Off,”) hit No. 10 on the also shelved Twitter Emerging Artists chart in late 2015. Though it’s moved on from the original cast, Hamilton remains a wildly stable Broadway institution, scoring 11 wins of a record 16 nominations at the 2016 Tony Awards.
You can hear Barack Obama tip a hit to the founding father on “One Last Time (44 Remix)” below. Hold tight for his next transmission.