Friday, February 22, 2013

ContactMusic overstate the Billboard rule change

ContactMusic is a little over-excited:

For the first time in its 55-year-history , the Billboard Hot 100 will not base its chart on record sales alone, now taking on-board YouTube plays to decide who tops the weekly rundown. The move comes just in time for Baauer's song Harlem Shake, which is expected to make is debut at No.1 this weekend after becoming the latest viral video phenomenon.
For the first time in its 55 year history, eh?

I suppose if you ignore the inclusion of digital streaming in 2007.

And the inclusion of digital downloads alongside record sales in 2005.

And the fact that radio airplay has always been included in the Hot 100 number crunching.

And that just last month they added streaming from non-on-demand services like Spotify and MySpace.

Yeah, then it's a really historic change.