Google announced today that they have struck a deal with Billboard and Nielsen to play a role in the calculation of their weekly music charts.
Going forward, YouTube U.S. video views will be factored into Billboard “hot” lists which have been widely accepted as top gauges of music popularity in the U.S. for decades.
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Here is something interesting, according to Google’s post, not only will official video views be counted, but also fan videos that use the authorized audio track.
It is unclear how much YouTube videos will be factored into the rankings. Let’s just hope it isn’t enough to launch a future Rebecca Black song to #1!