Brooklyn DJ Baauer is having a really great day today: His hit that spawned more viral videos than we care to think about, "Harlem Shake," is now the number one song in the country. And it's all because Billboard changed the rules. (And because the song's pretty addictive.)
Beginning this week, Billboard and Nielsen have added U.S. YouTube video streaming data to its formula for determining the Hot 100, which, for nearly the past 50 years, relied heavily on radio airplay. Billboard is now incorporating all official videos from artists on YouTube and Vevo, and even user-generated clips that play authorized audio. In layman's terms, you clicking on all those "Harlem Shake" videos while you were at work got the song to number one. The Internet is a crazy place!
While this change to the most revered singles chart in the country (world?) means huge things for the future of music, Baauer himself doesn't seem to fazed by the whole situation. In reaction to the news that his song scored the coveted top spot on the chart, he simply retweeted a reaction Tweet from Josh Groban, who's probably not the biggest "Harlem Shake" fan.
Congrats to Baauer on the big news, and big ups to Billboard for making the music game a little more interesting. Let us all be thankful this happened after the days of Rebecca Black.