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Ten Years Ago, the Digital Download Era Began on the Hot 100

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Ten Years Ago, the Digital Download Era Began on the Hot 100

On Feb. 12, 2005, digital sales began contributing to the chart, returning balance – and a bigger consumer voice – that has remained since.

It was a landmark move when it was announced and remains one of the key steps in the evolution of the Billboard Hot 100: 10 years ago today, on the chart dated Feb. 12, 2005, digital download sales began contributing to the survey.

“We have eagerly anticipated the moment when we could begin to integrate digital sales into the Hot 100,” wrote then-Billboard director of charts Geoff Mayfield in that week’s print issue. “It has been a priority for labels, and even some music fans, that we derive more utility from digital sales data.”

                                           The Billboard Hot 100: Week of Feb. 12, 2005

“We are absolutely thrilled that the advent of digital downloads brings a viable sales component back to the Hot 100,” added Silvio Pietroluongo, who still oversees the survey (and has since added responsibilites as VP of charts and data development for Billboard and sister publication The Hollywood Reporter).

 

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