Subscriber Account active since. In the history of modern music rankings, only a handful of songs have ever debuted at No. The Hot is widely considered the definitive all-genre singles chart in the US. Although it was officially launched in , Billboard began using modern airplay and sales data in — allowing for more time-sensitive calculations and accurate rankings. Moreover, Billboard began incorporating digital sales data in and YouTube data in The chart methodology is updated at least once a year , to reflect rapidly evolving listening trends. Although more than 1, songs have reached the coveted No.
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What makes a song a hit? 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, videos were going up each day. Download sales and Spotify streams of the track also skyrocketed. Werde said. YouTube has taken on an essential role in propelling songs to the cultural forefront, often long before they are picked up by radio programmers. With only 18, downloads the song did not make the last Hot chart at all. But last week it caught fire online, and across the tens of thousands of its scattered YouTube dance videos the song had million views in the United States, according to YouTube, and sold , downloads, making it the third-most downloaded track of the week. When the service started in , it gave the music industry its first reliable, third-party sales data, transforming the way record labels, retailers and others did business. Now Nielsen also tracks radio plays and most major streaming services.
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The Billboard Hot is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales physical and digital , radio play , and online streaming in the United States. The weekly tracking period for sales was initially Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in , but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July This tracking period also applies to compiling online streaming data. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming, is readily available on a real-time basis, is tracked on a Monday to Sunday cycle previously Wednesday to Tuesday. As of the issue for the week ending on August 8, , the Billboard Hot has had 1, different number one entries. The chart's current number-one song is " Cardigan " by Taylor Swift. Prior to , Billboard ' s lead popularity chart was the Honor Roll of Hits , established in This chart ranked the most popular songs comprised by record and sheet sales, disk jockey, and juke box performances as determined by Billboard ' s weekly nationwide survey.