Coronavirus: Cardi B’s Rant Remix Debuts on Billboard Charts
Corona! A deadly virus topping the charts! Courtesy Cardi & iMarkkeyz
Cardi B’s pandemic-inspired collaboration with Brooklyn DJ iMarkkeyz has made its official debut on the Billboard charts.
“Coronavirus,” which pulls from Cardi’s viral Instagram video, enters at No. 9 on Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales and No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales charts.
According to Billboard, the remixed “Coronavirus” received 626,000 U.S. on-demand streams and sold 3,000 copies in the week ending March 19.
“Coronavirus” was inspired by Cardi’s rant on March 10 about the COVID-19 pandemic, which has over 25 million views. iMarkeeyz, who has become well-known for remixing videos and memes, repackaged Cardi’s “Corona-VIRUS!” and “Sh*t is getting real” catchphrases over a club-ready beat, adding coughing sound effects. The rant even spawned an EDM remix from DJ Snake.
Cardi and iMarkeeyz have announced plans to donate the “Coronavirus” proceeds to assist with relief efforts. “We’re in the works of getting things situated financially as far as where proceeds are going,” iMarkeeyz told Variety. “It’s confidential at the moment, but there’s a lot of great things to come with this.”