Three years after deciding to factor in streams when determining album sales, Billboard is getting ready to make another landmark modification.
According to HitsDailyDouble, Billboard will now start accounting for YouTube streams when formulating their top 200 Album Chart. YouTube streams already help account for songs in the Hot 100 Chart.
According to HDD, Lyor Cohen, the Head of Global Music at YouTube, was able to convince Billboard President John Amato, who has been reluctant to make the change.
What could make this move kind of controversial is the fact that these calculations will account for user-generated clips featuring the respective music, creating some real murky scenarios.
Billboard has still not commented on the report.
Source: Hits Daily Double