UK will not be following in America's footsteps
A spokesperson for the Official UK Singles Chart has revealed that there are no plans to incorporate information taken from YouTube into their countdown.
As reported last week, the Billboard Hot 100 in America is now factoring the amount of times a track has been streamed on YouTube into their chart formula. This development has seen Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ take the top spot in the chart off the back of its current online popularity. However, speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company says this will not be a trend transferring to the UK.
“The Hot 100 has never been a purely sales-based chart, incorporating data such as radio airplay since the ’50s. In contrast, the UK’s Official Singles Chart has been a purely sales-based chart ever since it launched in 1952,” he said. “With singles sales currently at an all-time high following nine years of continued year-by-year growth, there are currently no plans to incorporate streaming information in the UK.”
‘Harlem Shake’, which is currently number one in America and Australia, sits at Number Three in the Official UK Singles Chart. Canadian producer Baauer released ‘Harlem Shake’ in 2012 through Diplo’s Mad Decent label, but has seen the song reach previously unthinkable levels of popularity off the back of the viral craze in which users upload videos of themselves and their friends dancing to the song. It is estimated that there are over 40,000 different ‘Harlem Shake’ videos on YouTube with over 175 million hits between them.