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Thursday, February 21, 2013

US Chart Roundup: Baauer's "Harlem Shake" Debuts At #1 Thanks To New Rules

You've seen this Internet meme by now:

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

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  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger wpmsd said…

    Even though the change comes too late for Psy, he still jumps up 48-26 with the addition of Youtube pts now added in.

    I've seen a lot of outrage on other sites at the change adding YT, but if that's how people are listening to music, it's only fair that it's counted.

  • At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Chuck T. said…

    Adding YouTube is fine - as long as it's the entire song. Counting content in a video that lasts for 30 seconds isn't fair and that's what Billboard/Nielsen is doing. I've seen the videos but will never listen to the whole song. Counting 100 million+ 30-second views, with next to no regard for airplay or sales, is listening to snippets, not music.

  • At 3:37 PM, Blogger Thee Herald said…

    This is OUTRAGEOUS! Why would a commendable website such as Billboard do this? Youtube streaming is too broad of a source for music to be counted when tallying points for the Billboard Hot 100. Just because "Harlem Shake" had over 103 million views this week, they were mostly memes. This only opens the door to other artists who start memes and become viral video stars.


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