Beans, Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes: Shirley Caesar’s ‘Hold My Mule’ is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart
A music legend has earned her first No. 1 song after a viral challenge revived a hit from the 80s.
Gospel icon Shirley Caesar’s "Hold My Mule” is topping the charts, thanks to the viral U Name It Challenge.
According to Billboard, the 79-year-old has earned her very first No. 1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart.
Last week, “Hold My Mule” debuted at No. 2 on Hot Gospel Songs after the public latched onto the remix that mastermind DJ Suede created, focusing on the line "beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes” and other food shout-outs, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Following R&B superstar Chris Brown’s video showcasing his own choreographed dance to the remixed clip, things really took off and spawned numerous other viral clips.
This week, it jumped another spot, to the top of the musical heap.
"Hold My Mule," featuring Albertina Walker and Milton Brunson, which was first released in 1988, now has new life with 3 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music.
And that’s not all.
On the Digital Songs chart, the song is also riding high, debuting at No. 12. Even veteran rapper Snoop Dogg got in on the fun, releasing his own version, as well as a branded tee.
“I’m really excited about everything that’s going on. In fact, it’s mind-boggling. I’m not used to this. I really don’t understand it,” Caesar told TMZ in a recent interview.
Though the pastor of Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC enjoys seeing the hilarious and creative memes the clip has birthed taking over the Internet, she disapproves of the provocative dancing and “twerking” moves some participants showed off.
Aside from sharing her thoughts on the latest Internet craze surrounding her music, Caesar is capitalizing off the unexpected success of her song.
The GRAMMY® Award-winner launched an official U Name It website selling exclusive merchandise like tees, mugs, aprons and more. Proceeds go toward her ministry and to help feed the less fortunate.