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Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100 thanks to Internet craze

By Daniel S Levine,

Thanks to new data from YouTube, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” the latest Internet craze, has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Billboard announced on Wednesday that it and Nielsen, the company that tracks music sales, have teamed up with YouTube to now include streaming data in its formula for the Hot 100 chart. This is the latest update to the 50-year-old chart, which uses a mix of data from digital/physical single sales, radio airplay and streaming. Now, you can add YouTube data to the mix.

That’s propelled Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” to the top of the chart. It’s just the 21st track to debut at the top and Billboard notes that it’s the first time a virtually unknown artist has accomplished the feat.

Baaur has to thank the YouTube craze his song started for his success. The YouTube meme involves a 30-second clip of the song, with people dancing to it. At first, just one person is dancing, then everyone else jumps in.

“Harlem Shake” has also climbed to the top of the iTunes chart.

The track knocked Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” to No. 2 following a four-week streak at the top.

The rest of the Top 10 includes:
3. Rihanna - “Stay”
4. will.i.am & Britney Spears - “Scream & Shout”
5. Taylor Swift - “I Knew You Were Trouble”
6. The Lumineers - “Ho Hey”
7. Bruno Mars - “Locked out of Heaven”
8. Bruno Mars - “When I Was Your Man”
9. Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z - “Suit & Tie”
10. Drake - “Started from the Bottom”

 

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