Billboard Charts Will Include Youtube Views Soon

Originally, earning platinum status was pretty straightforward. If an album sold one million physical copies, it would go platinum. Now, with the growing importance of Itunes, Spotify, and other digital platforms, the majority of sales tend to be counted through streams.


But what constitutes a stream? Does a song have to be played all the way through? Does the play have to come from an officially licensed channel or do Youtube views count? With so many questions unanswered, it seems as if the head honchos of the music industry are making up the rules as they go.


Nevertheless, artists do become certified platinum in the digital era, although they are sometimes met with controversy. For example, Post Malone’s team was recently accused of allegedly using a Youtube loophole to boost numbers for the song “Rockstar.”


Earlier this month, Billboard announced that Youtube streaming is going to be counted toward the Billboard Charts, in efforts to better represent current trends in music. This decision was met with mixed reactions from the Hip Hop community. (Read more about that here.)


However, Billboard recently reported that Youtube streams will carry less “value” than a stream on a paid service, such as Spotify, Apple, or Tidal:

“Beginning in 2018, plays occurring on paid subscription-based services (such as Amazon Music and Apple Music) or on the paid subscription tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms (such as SoundCloud and Spotify) will be given more weight in chart calculations than those plays on pure ad-supported services (such as YouTube) or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported services.”


Hopefully, this new adjustment might make it more difficult for artists to go platinum using streaming loopholes. I think platinum status needs to maintain its importance as a rare milestone in an artist’s career.


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“Before They Were Famous” Playlist

Some of the best music in an artist’s discography occurs early in their journey to stardom. As a result, many classic tracks go unheard or under appreciated because they aren’t widely known.


Here’s a playlist dedicated to that idea. I’ll make additions to it as I continue to think of more artists.



If there’s an artist I haven’t included yet or one you’d like to see more of, just let me know!


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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Tito Lopez

Mississippi underdog, Tito Lopez, is an artist that many Hip Hop Heads are familiar with.

If you’re unfamiliar with Tito Lo, check out his story here.

Tito’s released many mixtapes over the years, but here are 10 songs that’ll serve as a good jumping-off point introducing you to his music:


  1. “Black Dude Spanish Name”

2. “Try Me”


4. “Y.O.U.”

5. “The Blues”

6. “Have Mercy”

7. “Story to Tell”

8. “Jada Pac [Venting Session #9]”

9. “Mississippi Burning”

10. “Outkast Medley”


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Kendrick vs Lil Wayne

K.Dot’s third solo mixtape, C4, was released in 2009. The project features Kendrick freestyling over multiple instrumentals from Tha Carter III, which came out in 2008. This was Wayne’s best album by a long shot and put Weezy in the spotlight. Remixing a bunch of Lil Wayne’s most popular songs at the height of his popularity was a pretty ballsy thing for Kendrick to do. Because so many tracks from Tha Carter III are considered  classics, the question has to be asked… Who wore the beat best?

“3 Peat”

“A Milli”

“Phone Home”

“Dr. Carter”

“La La”

“Let the Beat Build”

“Mrs. Officer”

“Don’t Get It”

Added bonus with both artists on the same track:


Who do you think did a better job?

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Crazy Collaborations: “Young Seattle”

Sam Lachow periodically teams up with fellow Seattle emcees resulting in some crazy collaborations. So far, there are four parts to “Young Seattle” and each one’s unique, featuring different artists and varied instrumentals.


My favorites are definitely part 2 and 3. What do you think?


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