YouTube changes how it counts views for music videos

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YouTube is reportedly changing how it counts the view for record labels music videos.

According tho the reports YouTube will no longer count advertising views when it comes to the company calculating its music charts. Instead, ranking for top-watched music videos will be based on organic plays, according to a new blog post.

This will help address calculated advertising campaigns that are launched specifically to land a music video on YouTube’s charts during the first 24 hours of being published.

According to YouTube’s blog post people use these stats many often touting record-breaking 24-hour views — as a definitive representation of its instant cultural impact, and it wants to ensure those numbers are accurate.

In its blog post YouTube wrote: “It’s a great honor and one we take very seriously. As we look to maintain consistency and credibility across our platform, we’ve made some necessary revisions to our methodology for reporting 24-hour record debuts.”

The new changes mean that videos eligible for record debuts must come from organic sources, including direct links to the video, search results, external sites that embed the video and YouTube features like the homepage, watch next and Trending, according to the blog post.

“Video advertising is an effective way to reach specific audiences with a song debut, but paid advertising views on YouTube will no longer be considered when looking at a 24-hour record debut,” the blog post reads.

YouTube’s music chart system has faced a few controversies over the last few months. In July, Indian rapper Badshah broke the record for most views in 24 hours, beating out BTS with 75 million views to their 74.6 million just months earlier. But people suspected that the rapper’s view total was inflated with artificial views. 

Later Bloomberg reported that Badshah and his team purchased advertisements that either embedded or promoted the video. This led to a dramatically increased view count. YouTube decided not to acknowledge the record-breaking numbers.

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