Next week will be the last week where website sales will count towards overall sales. Billboard confirmed that it will no longer count digitally downloaded singles from the artist's own website towards its total sales for the Hot 100.
Another new change, bundles will be reintroduced to the Billboard 200 formula. As long as a bundle provides fans with a physical copy of the album the purchase will count. With it being the middle of the year already there has not been a rap song land number one on the Hot 100 nor a rap album hit number one on the Billboard 200. Lil Durk's "Almost Healed" debuted at number 2. Drake's "Search & Rescue" also debuted at number 2 on the Hot 100.
Though the decision was made yesterday (June 29) it will start today. Artist will definitely feel the challenge to climb to the top on the charts. One artist in particular that relied on the website sales tactic was Nicki Minaj. The decision's biggest victims are K-Pop acts like BTS and Black Pink.
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