YouTube Hit 'Harlem Shake' Tops Billboard Charts

Viral hit's sale boost causes Billboard to add YouTube views to their charts formula.

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Now here's a proof that these days, in order to go big, you need to go viral. Just take Baauer, the producer of the "Harlem Shake" song as an example. Despite the track being released back in May 2012, it took a recent viral craze for the song to become globally popular and even reach the No. 1 on the US sales chart.

At this moment, an estimated number of 40,000 "Harlem Shake" videos exist on YouTube, scooping a total of over 175 million views. In case you aren't yet familiar with what's going on, the clips feature users themselves dancing to the song.

Baauer was the first one to see the benefits of the new Billboard formula, which now also incorporates the number of YouTube views. With "Harlem Shake" sales skyrocketing due to those very same views, it seems like a completely logical choice. Within the past week, the song has reached 103 million streams and 262,000 downloads.

"The notion that a song has to sell in order to be a hit feels a little two or three years ago to me. 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's editorial director Bill Werde tells the New York Times.

So have you made your own "Harlem Shake" video yet? If you did, feel free to share it with with the rest of the UG community. And what do you think about YouTube views becoming a part of the Billboard charts formula? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    If it weren't for sexual predators, the Harlem Shake would be the worst thing on the Internet.
    I find it hilarious for some reason. The song is horrible but the videos are funny in a random way.
    Look up Norwegian military Harlem Shake. Probably the best one I have seen.
    If aliens ever want to know what we're all about, they could take this video back to their planet. "So we're invading them?" "Yep, we can pretty much do whatever we want down there" "THEY rule the whole planet?" "The whole planet."
    Way Cool JR.
    It's amazing the crap that goes viral nowadays.
    Like this?
    Ugh I actually turned headphones on to see what this crap was. ughhhhh WHYYY?!?!
    "Have you made your own harlem shake video yet?" No. Never ever. It's just the next trend that 'everyone has to like'. It's pretty much just the next gangnam style. Which I hated so much by the way.
    I personally loved Gangnam Style but I have to agree with you. I got annoyed by all the parodies that everyone just had to do when it came out. Now this Harlem Shake thing is blowing up....and Harlem disapproves Harlem Reacts to 'Harlem Shake' Videos
    I've said it once and I'll say it again: WHY IN GOD'S NAME IS THIS A THING?
    Because people are entertained by stupid stuff. Why else do you think MTV is still running?
    I don't get the public fascination with memes. Has life become that sad?
    memes are funny, but overused way too fast
    I'm gonna be a hipster here and say memes were so much better before everyone's parents knew what they were.
    I wholeheartedly agree. It wasn't just a coincidence that I started hating 'memes' just when every single person around me started loving them. I wish people would stop putting them everywhere, oh for ****s sakes...
    link no1
    You do know that memes are basically described as something that everybody and their dog knows about/recognizes and where around way before the internet yea? So no, they weren't "better before everyone's parents knew what they where" because if everybody didn't know what they where, they wouldn't be a meme in the first place.
    Wrong. First sentence of wiki article: "An Internet meme is a concept that spreads from person to person via the Internet." There is no law that states that everybody needs to know about something for it to be a meme. The very thing I'm talking about is that memes were originally only recognised by 4channers, redditors etc. but now every 12-year-old girl on facebook is using memes wrongly. I didn't want to start a butthurt rant about it but you kind of forced my hand by trying to be a smartarse.
    How about next time you don't look up "internet meme" and instead just look up "meme", and you'll find this: "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture."
    I kinda liked gangam style. Just think its a middle aged Korean man that has finally gotten an international hit. Harlem shake is a waste of my time and effort. And space on the internet
    Harlem Shake is the epitome of how easily the internet can make something reasonably amusing into the most annoying thing ever. I'd rather people sing Surfin Bird on a loop than submit any more of this shite to the web.
    Honestly, the Peanuts version really made me laugh.
    A couple have put a smile on my face, but those are the different ones like the Peanuts version, there's a washing machine one that's pretty funny, an exorcist one, and a drum cover. Aside from those ones it's just the same thing over and over again.
    This crap's world famous... and so many very talented bands go underappreciated these days? What's happening to the world?
    The result of consumer culture. Most people are only interested in a fad or a phase that is brief and disposable. It's just like fast food. Consume and dispose. No matter how crap the contents of it are, people will like it because it's acceptable to like it.
    I don't know what the hell this Harlem Shakes is and something tells me that I don't want to know
    Well, I think most of them are at least amusing. It will get old but some of them make me laugh.