Aided by Billboard’s revamped methodology, Baauer’s Harlem Shake debuts at #1 on Hot 100
Earlier this week Billboard announced upgrades to its ranking methodology — a change that has shot Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” to the number one spot. The Hot 100 is now set to include YouTube steaming data along with Nielsen’s digital download track sales, physical single sales, radio airplay, on-demand audio streaming, and online radio streaming. The changes will affect many Billboard charts, but most importantly the magazine’s Hot 100 singles chart. The announcement was followed by major changes in the Hot 100 rankings, landing some unexpected tracks in the top 10. Click below the break to find out who follows Baauer’s lead to the top through his viral video anthem “Harlem Shake.”
The changes to the ranking system launched Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” to the #1 spot giving the track, originally released in June of 2012, an even bigger revival. With help from the “Harlem Shake” meme that has taken the Internet by storm, the relatively unknown trap producer has skyrocketed into an “overnight” success. Other tracks benefitting from the inclusion of YouTube view counts include Rhianna’s “Stay” (jumping from #57 to #3) and PSY’s infamous “Gangnam Style” (making a comeback from #48 to #26).
Baauer’s infectious track is the 21st song ever to debut at #1 on the Hot 100 chart. Only three other artists have made their first appearance on the chart at #1 since its inception in 1958, all of whom appeared on American Idol — Clay Aiken, Fantasia and Carrie Underwood. The integration of YouTube streams gave Baauer’s extraordinary 103 million views on “Harlem Shake” and easy hop to the top, but more importantly will continue to allow unknown artists relying on the Internet to distribute their music to have a shot at Billboard’s Hot 100.