Billboard and Nielsen have decided to add U.S. YouTube data to assess popular songs for their social/streaming charts. The YouTube data which was launched after the on-demand songs chart will in fact enhance the Nielsen’s digital download track sales, physical singles sales, terrestrial radio airplay, on-demand audio streaming and online radio streaming–all tracked by Nielsen.
This form of data tracking through YouTube dates back to Feb. 2013 and has continued to help songs of different genres earn their authorized spot on the Billboard Hot 100. For many, this is highly beneficial because using YouTube data will reflect an accurate perception of the most popular songs that are played in this country. A perfect example would be Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” which landed her as No.1 on the Hot 100 and No.2 under on-demand and streaming songs.
You can find the YouTube chart under the “Social/Streaming Charts,” that is located under the “billboardbiz” section of the “Billboard” website. As of today, the No. 1 song on YouTube is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and featuring Justin Beiber. In addition, Post Malone’s “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage made this week’s No.1 song under on-demand streaming songs, radio streaming songs, and videos on leading online music services.