Billboard will incorporate YouTube streams into its calculations for the Billboard 200 albums chart, the corporate announced at this time. The change will go into impact on January 3, 2020. In accordance with The New York Times, Billboard may even consider music video performs from Apple Music, TIDAL, and VEVO, however not “user-generated content material,” resembling memes or cowl movies.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, has lengthy been the goal of ire from many musicians who imagine the positioning doesn’t adequately compensate artists. Again in 2016, a whole bunch of musicians in the USA and Europe signed letters signaling their dissatisfaction with YouTube. Trent Reznor and Thom Yorke have additionally been particularly vocal, with Reznor as soon as saying that the platform “is constructed on the backs of free, stolen content material,” and Yorke evaluating YouTube to Nazi Germany.
In accordance with Midia Research, by way of The Instances, YouTube is taken into account the most well-liked on-line streaming service. In accordance with the analysis, 55 % of on-line music streamers use YouTube, whereas the remainder of the platforms have 37 % of the market. Final yr, YouTube launched its personal streaming service, YouTube Music, in an effort to streamline the music out there on the web site.
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