Photo by Frederic J. Last month, Billboard announced several changes to its chart rules, most notably the decision to stop counting albums bundled with merchandise and concert tickets on its song and album charts. That change goes into effect in October, but last week, a lesser-known change also went into effect: Billboard will no longer count physical albums or singles bundled with digital downloads as digital sales. Instead, they will be counted as physical sales upon shipment of the physical album or single.
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Subscriber Account active since. In the history of modern music rankings, only a handful of songs have ever debuted at No. The Hot is widely considered the definitive all-genre singles chart in the US. Although it was officially launched in , Billboard began using modern airplay and sales data in — allowing for more time-sensitive calculations and accurate rankings. Moreover, Billboard began incorporating digital sales data in and YouTube data in The chart methodology is updated at least once a year , to reflect rapidly evolving listening trends. Although more than 1, songs have reached the coveted No.
The Billboard Hot is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales physical and digital , radio play , and online streaming in the United States. The weekly tracking period for sales was initially Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in , but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July This tracking period also applies to compiling online streaming data. Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming, is readily available on a real-time basis, is tracked on a Monday to Sunday cycle previously Wednesday to Tuesday. As of the issue for the week ending on August 15, , the Billboard Hot has had 1, different number one entries.