YouTube’s Role on Billboard Charts

After Post Malone’s “Rockstar” hit No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, a video was released by Republic Records—Malone’s label—that had the song’s chorus on repeat, inevitably pushing viewership numbers to over 40 million. Just three years ago, Billboard made the executive decision to take YouTube plays into consideration when generating the Hot 100 singles chart, and, with the recent video showing the unprincipled drive of viewership numbers, people began to question the accuracy of Billboard’s ranking system. Under pressure, Billboard released a statement claiming that in 2018 YouTube videos will play less of a role in their ranking system:

“It is our goal at Billboard to accurately portray in an unbiased manner how music performs relative to other music. Beginning in 2018, plays occurring on paid subscription-based services (such as Amazon Music and Apple Music) or on the paid subscription tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms (such as SoundCloud and Spotify) will be given more weight in chart calculations than those plays on pure ad-supported services (such as YouTube) or on the non-paid tiers of hybrid paid/ad-supported services… Billboard remains committed to being the book of record when it comes to tracking fan activity in and around music.”

Facebook’s Original Video

It has been a couple months since Facebook announced that they would be distributing original video content in the coming year, and, on Thursday, the the social networking site announced that they will be remaking the original Norwegian series Skam. The hit teen drama series out of Scandinavia originally aired on Norway’s NRK Network and immediately attracted audiences in the country and around the world. Skam is unique in that, during airing seasons, video clips were uploaded throughout the week—on the days and times that they occurred in the show—before being compiled into one full episode at the end of the week. Other original video content that will appear on Facebook’s Watch platform includes a series titled Five Points, and a 30-minute drama based on Humans of New York.

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Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Lawrence Open Up

After disturbing news came out about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, several notable women in Hollywood came forward about their own experiences with assault and sexual harassment. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence both spoke at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event about the topic. Witherspoon said an unnamed director assaulted her when she was just 16-years-old, and that her peers made her feel that “silence was a condition” of her employment. She then went on to address her other encounters and silence about the topic:

“I've had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault, and I don't speak about them very often, but after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight, the things that we're kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it's made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I've ever felt in my entire career.”

Jennifer Lawrence had a slightly different experience. Lawrence stood up in front of the same crowd as Witherspoon and recalled the time when she stood naked with other women in a “nude lineup”:

“And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”


UU & University Lectures Welcomes Hasan Minhaj

In collaboration with University Lectures, University Union is proud to welcome Hasan Minhaj as this semester’s guest speaker. As an actor, comedian, and writer, Minhaj continues to dominate the entertainment industry. The event will take place on October 27th in Goldstein Auditorium @7:30PM. Tickets are available at the Box Office in Schine Student Center: $5 for students, $10 for staff, faculty, and the general public. Learn more about Minhaj and the event below.


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