Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” Debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

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Yes, you read that right, Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #1 today. That “Harlem Shake” meme came at the right time. Billboard recently made some changes to the Hot 100, as they explained:

Billboard and Nielsen have revealed that U.S. YouTube video streaming data has been added to multiple platforms, which includes an update to the formula for the five-decade-old Hot 100. YouTube streaming data is now factored into the chart, enhancing a recipe that includes digital download track sales (and physical singles sales), as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan, as well as terrestrial radio airplay, on-demand audio streaming, and online radio streaming, as tracked by Nielsen BDS.

Due to this recent change, “Harlem Shake” became just the 21st song to debut at #1 on the Hot 100, and is the only track to debut so high from an artist who was basically unknown before entering.

First iTunes, now the Hot 100? Didn’t we tell you 2013 was EDM’s year?

(Billboard)

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