YouTube sensation shakes music chart
DJ Harry Rodrigues can's claim the same fame as the Beatles but almost 17 million YouTube views later, he certainly has Australia's attention.
The United States-born musician, better known by his stage name Baauer, today has the 1000th song to top the ARIA singles chart with his online music video sensation Harlem Shake.
Thanks to YouTube plays and thousands of fan uploads of themselves dancing Harlem Shake led US music magazine Billboard to revolutionise how it calculates it's 50-year-old Hot 100 chart to include video views and digital streaming data.
Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde told the New York Times: "The music business today — much to its credit — has started to learn that there are lots of different ways a song can be a hit, and lots of different ways that the business can benefit from it being a hit."
It appears the Australian music industry feels the same.
Since its inception 73 years ago, the ARIA charts have gone from awarding No.1 singles to the likes of Joe Loss and his jazz orchestra collaborations in 1940, to the Beatles, whose Hey Jude remains the longest-running No.1, holding top spot for 16 weeks in 1968.
Now, as well as CD sales from bricks and mortar retailers, the ARIA charts monitor MP3 sales through online sellers, including iTunes and BigPond.
Harlem Shake's ARIA debut at No.1 also makes it the 101st song to debut at the top of the local charts, the last being Samantha Jade's What You've Done to Me in November.
Meanwhile local hero Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' first new album in almost five years, Push the Sky Away, became the group's first No.1 in Australia, 14 albums after their first long player.
Barry Gibb's visit to Australia also helped The Bee Gees sell the box-set Mythology, which was up two places to fifth position.