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The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for singles, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play, online streaming, and sales (physical and digital).

The weekly sales period was originally Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in 1991, but since July 2015, this has been changed to Friday to Thursday. 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 (it was previously Wednesday to Tuesday).<ref name="tracking">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays. Example:

  • Friday, January 1 – sales tracking-week begins, streaming tracking-week begins
  • Monday, January 4 – airplay tracking-week begins
  • Thursday, January 7 – sales tracking-week ends, streaming tracking-week ends
  • Sunday, January 10 – airplay tracking-week ends
  • Tuesday, January 12 – new chart released, with issue post-dated Saturday, January 23

The first number-one song of the Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson on August 4, 1958. As of the issue for the week ending November 14, 2015, the Hot 100 has had 1,048 different number-one hits. Its current number-one is "Hello" by Adele.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


Billboard Hot 100 sections
Intro   History    Compilation    Hot 100 policy changes    Year-end charts    Limitations    Use in media    Similar charts    See also    Notes    References    External links   

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