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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:24 PM

What’s Billboard’s No. 1? Now YouTube Has a Say

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Source: nyt

What makes a song a hit? In the “Gangnam Style” age the answer often has as much to do with its popularity on YouTube as any other factor.

This week the Billboard Hot 100, the magazine’s 55-year-old singles chart, takes a evolutionary step by incorporating YouTube plays into its formula. The move comes just in time for Baauer’s song “Harlem Shake,” the latest viral video phenomenon, which will make its debut at No. 1 this week thanks to the change.

“Harlem Shake,” a bass-heavy hip-hop track with no lyrics beyond a few samples, got little mainstream attention when it was released in May as a free download. But this month its popularity exploded on YouTube, as thousands of fans uploaded videos of themselves dancing — some might say simply flailing — along to the song. By last week more than 4,000 videos were going up each day.

Download sales and Spotify streams of the track also skyrocketed. But the remarkable trajectory of “Harlem Shake” led Billboard to move forward right away on its methodology update, something it had been in discussions with YouTube about for nearly two years, Bill Werde, the magazine’s editorial director, said on Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/arts/music/billboard-makes-youtube-part-of-hot-100-formula.html



OK, let's start playing GOOD songs on repeat on YouTube and shock America's teenagers. Let's start with...err..."I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King.

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alp227 Feb 2013 OP
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #1
graham4anything Feb 2013 #2
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #3
Jamaal510 Feb 2013 #4
Crowman1979 Feb 2013 #5
FleetwoodMac Feb 2013 #6
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PatrynXX Feb 2013 #8
nikto Feb 2013 #9
Rhiannon12866 Feb 2013 #10

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:46 PM

1. Between my playing of Bach, Bill Evans, folk, and old rock

I'm doing my part to confine the no. 1 tune to the last century or before.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:47 PM

2. It is revolutionary

 

It now basically tracks how many times an individual plays a record all added together

It would be like someone tracking every time one played a 45 after one purchased it.

As opposed to one sale of a 45, or how many times a radio station played it.

Always wished they tracked how many times I would play a song over and over.

(or like going to the beach and WABC was playing from every single person's little transistor radio on the beach, but it would only count as one play instead of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:51 PM

3. This change is asinine. Fan-bases will simply be like monkeys on crack now.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:52 PM

4. So basically this means that

every Justin Bieber song is guaranteed a top spot from here on out.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:58 PM

5. I prefer to do a genre-based search on Amazon.com for music.

The last thing I want to do is look at YouTube for original music, or even original comedy for that matter.

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Response to Crowman1979 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:05 PM

6. Give it a chance mate. The recommended music on the right column is pretty good at times...

For instance, Paul Winter's Icarus below. I don't know what exactly will be served for you, but I always fall back on this track for new recommendations.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:14 PM

7. Done. I look forward to the day when...

... tracks such as this and this gets a fair crack at the mainstream charts...

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:21 PM

8. Guess this'll mean Nyan Cat will be number one rather fast




only Harlam Shake I've seen so far is someone throwing what was an already badly shaking drying with it's front window smashed, throwing a brick right on in. oh it didn't like it very well

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:13 AM

9. There's always Perfume

I know, 3 Japanese fashion-model types in a dance-intensive singing group might seem an unlikely source of
interesting and well-rendered pop music.

I would have thought so too.

And then I listened.

You see, they have this songwriter-producer guy named Yasutaka Nakata,
who is genuinely special.

I grew up on songs by artists like The Beatles, Bacharach and Carole King, Stevie Wonder, etc
I'm a classic-rock/fusion-style guitar player. I've written songs (kind of Byrds-Who-Hollies influenced)
since 1965. I'm an old fart. OK?

I have become addicted to the catchy pop melodies, harmonies and flair of Perfume's songs.
I am not saying they are Bob Dylan. But they beat the living crap out of the
boring wallpaper that was on the Grammies last week.

Perfume is pop alright. But musically, they are not wallpaper.
OK, they sing in Japanese--But it is a damn catchy language!

If you can handle the 1980s-type techno touches (Japan never stopped loving techno,
as the west did in the late 80s), it's damn well-written and expertly-rendered pop music.

Yasutaka Nakata is a master of melody to a degree that cuts thru language barrier like proverbial butter.

Maybe I'm crazy, but I suggest...










(I don't even pay much attention to the videos a lot of times--I just dig the tunes)

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:25 AM

10. Locking, sorry, this is a feature/analysis, not breaking news

Please consider reposting in GD or Good Reads. Thanks!

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