If ever there was any doubt that new times are nigh, it was dispelled last week when it was revealed that the Billboard 200 would now include streams in its chart methodology.
Now, less than seven days later, it has been announced that sister chart – the Billboard Hot 100 – will also be experiencing change.
Find out how it’ll affect singles moving forward below…
Effective this week, the methodology for the Hot 100, along with Billboard’s genre hybrid songs charts, has changed slightly to rebalance desired chart ratios for sales, airplay and streaming, as the chart’s streaming component has often been above its desired average ratio, and download sales noticeably below, in recent weeks. Such adjustments to these multi-data pool charts are common (and have been implemented on the Hot 100 when, for example, sales had increased exponentially).
The mathematics are being adjusted to skew slightly more in favour of sales and radio airplay. Why? Because, streaming numbers are growing so fast that had the previous system stayed in place, chart placements would run risk of leaning too heavily towards streams.
Consider this a move in the the opposite of the direction of Billboard 200.
One has to wonder if this was actioned as a response to the backlash re the album tally. Whatever the case, it’s an interesting development nonetheless.
Oh how quickly things change…