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Billboard Is Doing Something It's Never Done In History — Counting Streaming Services!

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It's about time!

Billboard is making a pretty huge change to the way it comes up with its lists.

That's because although it has been ranking artists on the Hot 100 for 56 years, it's never once counted streaming services in its numbers.

Until now!

Starting the week of December 4th, songs played on apps like Spotify, Rhapsody, and Google Play will all count for sales.

[ Related: Taylor Swift Makes Billboard History With Blank Space! ]

The numbers break down as follows; 1,500 plays is the same as an album sale, while 10 downloads will also make one sale.

Does anyone else think this news comes oddly close to Taylor Swift and Spotify's very public break up? Especially considering Taylor has been No. 1 for five weeks now, and this change will only help other pop stars.

Something smells fishy to us…

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5 comments to “Billboard Is Doing Something It's Never Done In History — Counting Streaming Services!”

  1. MichJB says – reply to this


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    Billboard sales numbers are wildly inaccurate in the digital age. They need to put an asterisk after anything they have rated in the past ten years.



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    Here's our choice, we can cover thousands of musicians and their great music, or just cover Beyonce and Swift over and over and find out what they wear, and where they go.
    This is why there is a music revolution going on called Postmod music out of Dallas.
    PH, check out the real alt. It's very exciting.

  3. Kenny says – reply to this


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    I have not, and will not, listen to blank space if it is not on spotify.

  4. Vera says – reply to this


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    uh oh seems like taylor swift isn't going to be top on the charts anymore. loser

  5. Patterson says – reply to this


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    Ha! Another shot in the face at taylor swift! I would be laughing my arse off if she decides to come back to spotify!