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Hip-Hop Loses Chart Dominance?
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Hip-Hop Loses Chart Dominance?

2017 was a radical year for the charts, with Number One hits going to hip-hop newcomers like Cardi B and Post Malone. That may change in 2018 when Billboard adjusts its guidelines, giving less weight to free streams and YouTube views in favor of paid subscribers' listening habits. Hip-hop, with artists who accumulate huge numbers on free services, may take a hit. "Rap singles will have less impact on the charts," says A&R expert Jeff Vaughn. This has angered YouTube, which stated the plan "[says] the only music fans that count are those with credit cards." Some experts say rock will benefit because its listeners tend to pay for music. 

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