US Chart Roundup: Baauer's "Harlem Shake" Debuts At #1 Thanks To New Rules
And after only two weeks online, it's received 22 million views. Cue up Billboard revising its Hot 100 chart rules once again, so that YouTube streams are now factored alongside other streaming services, digital sales, physical sales and radio airplay. That makes for Baauer's "Harlem Shake," the song featured in the clip above, debuting at #1 this week, thus becoming only the 21st single to enter the chart at the top.
Pity the YouTube-fueled "Gangnam Style," which was trapped at #2 for weeks last fall behind Maroon 5's "One More Night." If only time and history had been on your side, PSY. Alas, it's now Baauer who has the distinction of being the first artist to top the Hot 100 in the new YouTube rule era.
Elsewhere, with Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" still riding high in the Top 10 (at #9 this week), his follow-up single (apparently it's official) "Mirrors" debuts at #24 following the song being made available on iTunes the night of the Grammys.
The U.S. Top 10:
1. "Harlem Shake" - Baauer *new* *1 week*
2. "Thrift Shop" - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz
3. "Stay" - Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko
4. "Scream & Shout" - will.i.am & Britney Spears
5. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Taylor Swift
6. "Ho Hey" - The Lumineers
7. "Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars
8. "When I Was Your Man" - Bruno Mars
9. "Suit & Tie" - Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z
10. "Started From The Bottom" - Drake