YouTube has teamed with Nielsen and Billboard to make view counts a part of the “Hot 100” on Billboard’s music charts. To be fair, it does seem like a good way to figure out what people are listening to in these crazy times. YouTube has become a Goliath of a radio house in recent years, it’s how many people listen to music, through play-lists and so forth. There’s no doubt that musicians who get into the hundreds of millions of views have been aided by people who simply use YouTube as their local FM station. Now, views will be factored into determining the Hot 100.
In addition to the main Hot 100 List, the data will go into Hot Country Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Songs, Latin Songs, Rock Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs.