It’s official. Post Malone‘s “rockstar” has overtaken Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow’ to be the number one song on the charts, a first for the artist. The 21 Savage-featuring track has also managed to break Apple Music’s streaming record for most streams in a single week, becoming a juggernaut on both the airwaves and the digital sphere.
But a new article by The FADER has pointed out something strange – a YouTube video uploaded by Post’s label, Republic Records, that features a nearly four-minute loop of the song’s chorus. The video’s bio contains a link to stream the full, studio version of “rockstar,” but it otherwise gives no indication that it is merely a feedback loop of the proper track.
Each view of this video – which is currently sitting at over 40 million plays – counts towards the Billboard charts the same way an instrumental or remix would, hence slowly, but surely, adding to Post Malone’s total. This is notable for several reasons, but is perhaps most indicative of the record label industry gearing up for Billboard’s imminent rule change that will allow YouTube streams to count toward a record’s tally in much the same way as a digital stream.
As of press time, Republic Records has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Revisit the full version of “rockstar” below.
In other music news, MGMT have returned with new single “Little Dark Age.” Listen to it here.
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