Official UK Singles Charts Company spokesman, Martin Talbot, has revealed that there are no plans to incorporate information taken from YouTube into their countdown.
Talbot told BBC Newsbeat “The Hot 100 has never been a purely sales-based chart, incorporating data such as radio airplay since the ’50s. In contrast, the UK’s Official Singles Chart has been a purely sales-based chart ever since it launched in 1952,” he said. “With singles sales currently at an all-time high following nine years of continued year-by-year growth, there are currently no plans to incorporate streaming information in the UK.”
The Billboard Hot 100 in America is now factoring the amount of times a track has been streamed on YouTube into their chart formula. This development has seen Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’ take the top spot in the chart off the back of its current online popularity.