Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Former United States President Barack Obama may have left the White House a year ago and taken a break from the limelight recently but he continues to be a cultural phenomenon by making his debut on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs Chart.
He earned the 22nd spot in the top R&B chart through his feature on the song ‘One Last Time (22 Remix)’ where he recites a passage from George Washington’s 1796 farewell address while Christopher Jackson and gospel singer BeBe Winans duet in a choir-esque tune.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the song has already amassed 9,000 downloads and 307,000 online streams since its release in the United States alone.
The song was originally featured on the hit Broadway play ‘Hamilton – An American Musical’ written by Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Because of the shows success, Miranda dropped new songs every month since 2017, the series of songs called ‘Hamildrops’, the last of the drops being the now chart-topping song Obama is featured in. ‘Hamildrops’ is not only a marketing ploy for the show but is also a way to raise money for several non-profit groups.
This news comes full circle as Miranda famously performed the first song of the play to Obama at the White House circa 2009. After the rap infused performance, Miranda would go on to write the play based on the 2004 biography by historian Ron Chernow about Alexander Hamilton’s life from poverty to being an American founding father. The show was not only a popular success critically and financially but would go on to win 11 Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize and last December 2018, Miranda and fellow Hamilton writers received a Kennedy Center Honor.
Prior to Obama’s chart success, he shared on his Facebook page his favorite songs of 2018 that he found “most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved,” he wrote. The list included The Carters, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, Khalid and many more.
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