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Billboard has (many times) changed its methodology and policies to give the most precise and accurate reflection of what is popular.
A very basic example of this would be the ratio given to sales and airplay.
The current number one song is "Nice for What" by Drake.
Although officially all three charts had equal "weight" in terms of their importance, Billboard Magazine considers the Best Sellers in Stores chart when referencing a song's performance prior to the creation of the Hot 100.
The Hot 100 quickly became the industry standard and Billboard discontinued the Best Sellers In Stores chart on October 13, 1958.
The Billboard Hot 100 is still the standard by which a song's popularity is measured in the United States.
Eventually, a song's airplay points were weighted more so than its sales.
Musicians eventually expressed their creative output in the form of full-length albums rather than singles, and by the 1990s many record companies stopped releasing singles altogether (see Album Cuts, below).
Radio airplay, which, unlike sales figures and streaming data, is readily available on a real-time basis, and is tracked on a Monday to Sunday cycle (previously Wednesday to Tuesday).
A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays.
A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesday.
Each chart is post-dated with the "week-ending" issue date four days after the charts are refreshed online (i.e., the following Saturday).
During the Hot 100's early history, singles were the leading way by which people bought music.