(UPDATED) Billboard has added YouTube plays to the calculation that it uses to determined it's Hot 100 Singles Chart. The updated chart debuts this week with Baaur's "Harlem Shake" at #1 powered by a plethora of fan created videos. Without YouTube plays added to the formula, "Harlem Shake" would land somewhere closer 15 on the Hot 100.
"The music business today - much to its credit - has started to learn that there are lots of different ways a song can be a hit, and lots of different ways that the business can benefit from it being a hit," Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde told the NY Times.
Given YouTube's popularity, the real question is, what took Billboard so long?