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Thanks To Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Now Has A Hit On Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs Chart

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We know that former President Barack Obama can sing. He’s been showing off his singing chops since he was in the White House, which why it’s no surprise that he is now an official hitmaker. You read that right. The former president of the United States is featured on a song from “Hamilton” called “One Last Time (44 Remix)” and it is blowing up the charts.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has released a new track titled “One Last Time (44 Remix)” from his Broadway show “Hamilton” featuring Barack Obama, and the song has made its debut on the Billboard charts.

The song also features Christopher Jackson and gospel star BeBe Winans. The track has the former president delivering George Washington’s farewell address. It’s pretty impressive.

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart this week at No. 22, and the song already has 307,000 on-demand U.S. streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 27, according to Nielsen Music.

Miranda included a cool picture of the former president in the recording studio.

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People are clearly in shock by this addition of the former president on a “Hamilton” song track. @Koribaby tweeted: “I’m screaming. I’m crying. I’M IN CHURCH! When Barry O did the Farewell Address. Help me, Jesus. And Chris took it home with the choir. Praise be. I am not ready to say goodbye. Lin knew what he was doing. He dropped this thing like a hot potato and SHOOK for the rest of the year, leaving US SHOOK for the rest of the year. Omg.”

Check out the track below:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Obama has been on the Billboard charts before. “A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama” made it to the Billboard DVD charts at No. 6 and “Pop Off” by JX Cannon featuring Obama hit at No. 10 on Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists in December 2015.

Since we’re talking about Obama’s extraordinary talents on the mic, let’s take a look back at some of his greatest hits with this awesome playlist.

Life post-presidency is doing Obama well.


READ: Here Are Just A Few Of The Top Moments From President Obama’s Farewell Speech That Filled Americans With Pride

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Country Music Is Losing Steam As Latin Music Experienced Major Growth In Popularity Last Year

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Country Music Is Losing Steam As Latin Music Experienced Major Growth In Popularity Last Year

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This past year, Latin music has reached new heights in terms of streaming and consumption throughout the U.S. A new report from data company BuzzAngle, which measures music consumption, shows Latin music accounted for 9.4 percent of all album listening in 2018, measured by combining physical and digital sales, song downloads and on-demand streams. This comes as no surprise for the genre that has seen major signs of growth in the last few years.

A new report shows that Latin albums are now more popular compared to their counterparts in country music.

In 2018, people in the U.S. consumed more Latin music than country music as the genre captured 9.4 percent of all album listening, while country music ranked at 8.7 percent. The prior year, country music accounted for 8.1 percent of album-listening, while Latin music checked in at 7.5 percent.
Individual songs also surged in popularity as consumption increased from 9.5 percent to 10.8 percent in 2018, while country music clocked in at 7.8 percent.

While the report doesn’t make it clear what genres fall under the label of “Latin,” it’s more than likely that reggaeton’s surge in Latin American pop account for a large part of that growth.

When it comes to music videos, Latin artists dominated there as well.

Latin artists were responsible for eight of the 10 most viewed videos on Youtube last year. That’s why it’s no surprise that the three artists with the most views on Youtube in 2018 were are all Spanish-speaking: Ozuna (20 million subscribers; 8.7 billion views), J Balvin (18 million, 7.1 billion) and Bad Bunny (13 million, 7 billion). Overall, over 30 percent of the songs that appeared on YouTube’s global chart involved Latin performers.

Ninety-five percent of Latin music consumption came from on-demand streaming. Sixty-three percent of total consumption came from video versus 31 percent from audio. Latin music was the only genre with more streams from video than audio. It’s a reflection of the genre’s popularity on video streaming services like YouTube.

Many are crediting this growth to the crossover popularity of stars like Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and J Balvin were some of the biggest artists of 2018 and it showed as many mainstream artists like Cardi B and Drake collaborated with Spanish-speaking artists. If awards are any indicator of success, Latino artists are up for many Grammy awards this year as well. Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny are nominated for Record of the Year with their big hit “I Like It”, while Camila Cabello is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for her single “Havana”.

Many of these artists have received high exposure the last few years that may be due back to streaming. Spotify’s popular “Baila Reggaeton” playlist is one of the most streamed playlists on the platform. With weekly updates to the playlist, listeners were constantly in touch on the latest and trendiest songs in the genre.

Where can Latin music go from here? Looks like only up.

Whether its growth in music consumption or more representation at major music festivals, Latino artists are making their names heard and streamed across the U.S. As more people listen to music platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, artists that they may have never checked out on their own are becoming more accessible than ever.

There was a similar rise in popularity of Latin music during the mid-2000s with artists like Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. What’s the difference today? Streaming and the amount of cross-over hits many of these artists have had with already established English artists. There’s no telling where the genre is going but we can’t wait to hear it.

“Even though you don’t understand what I’m saying, you are going to really feel it,” J Balvin told NBC News. “The same thing happened to me when I used to listen to English music. I didn’t even understand one word. You know? But, it just makes me feel great.”


READ: Coachella Has Announced Their 2019 Line Up And Latinos Are Taking Over The Festival

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