Billboard Hot 100 Incorporating Digital On-Demand Streams

The music industry news brand has also launched a chart devoted to ranking the top songs streamed on Spotify, Rhapsody and other services.

Billboard's Hot 100 is getting a digital revamp.

The music industry news brand, which ranks the top hundred songs via its weekly chart, is now including streams from such digital music services as Spotify, Muve, Rhapsody, Slacker and MOG. In addition, Billboard has unveiled a new chart devoted to the most-streamed songs of the moment.

"With some of these services growing exponentially and integrating into the social web, the time is right to launch a streaming chart and to incorporate this activity into the Hot 100," Billboard's editorial director, Bill Werde, said in a statement via The Los Angeles Times.

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The infusion of streaming data into the Top 100 was jointly decided by Billboard magazine, Nielsen BDS and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the Times reported.

Music-tracker Nielsen, which provides the information to update Billboard's various music charts, has monitored digital streams for the past seven years but never disclosed its findings. In the first months of 2012, Nielsen said, it counted 4.5 billion on-demand audio streams.

Nielsen, however, does not track data from popular digital radio player Pandora, which is holding on to its numbers -- for now.

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