Harlem Shake #1

Kurzer Nachtrag zum Harlem Shake: Nachdem die Billboard-Charts YT-Streams in ihren Algorithmus aufgenommen haben, ist Baauers Vorlage zur Meme von 0 auf 1 gestürmt. Ohne Copyright, ein reines Internetphänomen. Andy Baio analysiert das ganze und schreibt auf, was das mit Crowdfunding und Independent Artists zu tun hat:

Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” is the first song from a largely unknown artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Since 1958, only 21 songs have ever debuted at #1. Of those 21 songs, only four were from artists appearing on the Hot 100 for the first time — three American Idol winners (Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino and Carrie Underwood) and a popular artist going solo (Lauryn Hill). Source: Billboard.

I’d wager this is another first: “Harlem Shake” is the only song to ever debut at #1 on the Hot 100 without significant radio or TV airplay. This is solely an Internet phenomenon, gone deeply mainstream. This is in no small part because of major changes incorporating YouTube views into the Billboard Hot 100 formula, introduced this week in response to the viral success of “Gangnam Style.”

Indiepocalypse: Harlem Shake Edition