Austin Post Continues the 'Rockstar' Climb

Oct 25, 2017

It's often been said that YouTube doesn't value artists. The platform has built itself on the DMCA Safe Harbor provisions and pays one of the lowest streaming rates in music. But that doesn't mean it can't still be a useful tool. 

This week, Austin Post continues to make waves with his song "Rockstar," due in part to a clever YouTube 'hack' by Republic Records. The label uploaded the track to Youtube on September 21st, except it wasn't the full track. What they uploaded was a 3 minute 38 second loop of the chorus. The thing is, even though you cannot hear "Rockstar" in its entirety, each play still counts towards its ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 and other industry metrics. 

Due in part to this play for better monetization, (If you want to hear the full track, you have to use another service which pays the rights-holders more favorably) Austin Post continues his ascent through the ranks of todays Hot Hitmakers, coming in at No. 4 this week. 

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

November 4, 2017
1

Michael Williams II

"Unforgettable"   French Montana [ft. Swae Lee]
"Humble"   Kendrick Lamar
"Rake It Up "   Yo Gotti [ft. Nicki Minaj]
"Stunting Ain't Nuthin"   Gucci Mane [ft. Slim Jxmmi & Young Dolph]
2

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Bank Account"   21 Savage
"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
3

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
4

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
"Go Flex"   Post Malone
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
5

Khalid Robinson

"Location"   Khalid
"1-800-273-8255"   Logic [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
"Silence"   Marshmello [ft. Khalid]
6

Jahseh Onfroy

"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
"Jocelyn Flores"   XXXTENTACION
"F**k Love"   XXXTENTACION [ft. Trippie Redd]
7

Charlie Puth & Jacob Kasher

"Attention"   Charlie Puth
"How Long"   Charlie Puth
8

Dieuson Octave

"Pills and Automobiles"   Chris Brown [ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, & Kodak Black]
"Transportin'"   Kodak Black
"Roll In Peace"   Kodak Black [ft. XXXTENTACION]
9

French Montana & Swae Lee

"Unforgettable"   French Montana [ft. Swae Lee]
10

Symere Woods

"Sauce it Up"   Lil Uzi Vert
"The Way Life Goes"   Lil Uzi Vert
"XO TOUR Llif3"   Lil Uzi Vert
11

Steve Mac

"What About Us"   P!nk
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
12

Brandon Lancaster

"Greatest Love Story"   LANCO
13

Tay-K

"The Race"   Tay-K
14

Johnny McDaid

"Shape Of You"   Ed Sheeran
"What About Us"   P!nk
15

Jacques Webster

"Love Galore"   SZA [ft. Travis Scott]
"Butterfly Effect"   Travis Scott
"Sky Walker"   Miguel [ft. Travis Scott]
16

Cody Fayne

"The Weekend"   SZA
"Love Galore"   SZA [ft. Travis Scott]
17

Quavious Marshall

"I Get The Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"Strip That Down"   Liam Payne [ft. Quavo]
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
"Too Hotty"   Quality Control [ft. Quavo, Takeoff, & Offset]
18

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Congratulations"   Post Malone [ft. Quavo]
19

Mario Mims

"Pills and Automobiles"   Chris Brown [ft. Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, & Kodak Black]
"Rake It Up"   Yo Gotti [ft. Nicki Minaj]
20

Justin Tranter

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Believer"   Imagine Dragons
"Friends"   Justin Bieber + BloodPop