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The Hottest 100 will no longer take place on Australia day

Plus, it'll span a whole weekend too with the addition of the Hottest 200. 

Triple j have announced the Hottest 100 will no longer run on January 26. Instead, the radio countdown will take place on January 27 (spanning the top 100 songs of the year) with January 28 now acting as the Hottest 200 - playing through the songs that just missed out on the action. 

In other words, the Hottest 100 will now take place over an entire weekend (great news) and will no longer go down on Australia Day either (even greater news). 

Here's what triple j had to say about it.

It’s fair to say there’s been increasing debate around 26 January and there are a lot of perspectives on what it means to different Australians. As the public broadcaster representing all Australians, triple j and the ABC doesn’t take a view in the discussions.

However, in recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day. The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year. It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world. This is really important to us.

Whether you’re listening in Busselton, Bundy, Alice or Aspen. From Coober Pedy to Caz’s pool, tuning in from a backyard BBQ or streaming from overseas, in the city or on the farm; everyone is invited to join the party.

Moreover, research conducted by triple j revealed that more than 60 percent of listeners were in favour of moving the Hottest 100 to a different date after support for the change grew last year. 

Read: The Government's stance on January 26 is an insult to Australia

You can read triple j's full statement here