According to Billboard.com, The legendary Shirley Caesar, 79, earns her first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Gospel Songs chart (dated Dec. 10), as “Hold My Mule,” rises to #1. Pastor Caesar, first released “Hold My Mule” in 1988. It now reigns as the track leads Gospel Streaming Songs for a second week, up by 268 percent to 3 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. On Gospel Digital Songs, “Hold My Mule” debuts at No. 12 (up 109 percent).
As reported last week when “Hold My Mule” debuted at No. 2 on Hot Gospel Songs, in the tradition of recent social media memes like the Mannequin Challenge has come the “U Name It Challenge”, which started when remix mastermind Suede created an update of “Hold My Mule,” with special focus on the line, “beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, lamb,” among other food shout-outs, all timely tie-ins leading up to Thanksgiving. “Hold My Mule” gained greater traction when Chris Brown posted a video dancing to the song, inspiring further viral clips.
Shirley Caesar’s “Hold My Mule” Hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Charts was originally published on praisedc.com