Billboard has just added YouTube views to its methodology that ranks the top 100 songs in the United States. The change immediately pushed Baauer's 2012 single "Harlem Shake" to the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 on Wednesday.
"Harlem Shake" is best known as the music featured in the viral "Harlem Shake" video meme.
Billboard's addition of YouTube data is another attempt to keep its charts relevant, as more people access their music in digital formats. Last October, Billboard began using Nielsen SoundScan's digital-download sales numbers and streaming data — from Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among other services — to determine chart rankings. Charts still account for physical sales and radio airplay.
Billboard and Nielsen announced YouTube's inclusion Wednesday, saying:
Billboard is now incorporating all official videos on YouTube captured by Nielsen's streaming measurement, including Vevo on YouTube, and user-generated clips that utilize...