Billboard to officially count YouTube plays to the Billboard 200 album table

If you’ve been paying close attention in recent years, you’ll notice that Billboard has made major changes to the way the album and one-time sales are calculated. The latest move is guaranteed to cause uproar, as it has just been announced that now YouTube readings will count for album sales.

Just a few weeks ago, Billboard revealed a host of tough new album / merchandise rules – and now the popular Billboard 200 Albums Chart is also getting a new update. @Billboard will now allow all YouTube games (including visual games from streaming services such as Apple, Spotify, Tidal and Vevo) to count towards the number of album sales on the Billboard 200.

The counting of YouTube parts to the Billboard 200 comes five years after the official count of audio streams in 2014, introducing the transition from a pure sales measure to a more modern consumption model. The addition of YouTube tracks will also have an impact on other genre charts of Billboard albums, such as R & B / Hip Hop, Latin, Country and more.

Although YouTube coins have been included in the Billboard Hot 100 and other song-specific graphics since February 2013, this is the first time that they have been included in album graphics. It is also important to note that only official licensed video content uploaded by or on behalf of rights holders will be considered for the Billboard 200 and other albums.

The changes to the Billboard 200 will officially take effect on January 18, 2020, which will reflect sales and flows for the period of January 3-9.

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