OVERRATED: The pop charts, now with YouTube

The decision by Billboard to include the total of YouTube streams into its music rankings formula is an interesting one, particularly considering how many people treat the streaming video site as a sort of on-demand radio. With Baauer's skull-crushingly inescapable viral hit "Harlem Shake" racing to the top, the possibilities seem endless. Are we on the cusp of the first cat video-spawned pop star?

( William Braden, AP / January 29, 2013 )

The decision by Billboard to include the total of YouTube streams into its music rankings formula is an interesting one, particularly considering how many people treat the streaming video site as a sort of on-demand radio. With Baauer's skull-crushingly inescapable viral hit "Harlem Shake" racing to the top, the possibilities seem endless. Are we on the cusp of the first cat video-spawned pop star?

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