Controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine recently got into an online scuffle after he threw some heavy allegations over pop-stars Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Billboard.
The rapper posted a video on Instagram, claiming the two pop-stars bought their No. 1 Spot on Billboard by purchasing around 30,000 units using different credit cards. “Understand this, they bought 30,000 or so units on six credit cards,” he posted on Instagram. “It’s all manipulated, it’s all fabricated.” He then went on to further accuse Billboard of “disqualifying” 20m of his song Gooba’s streams. “I want the world to know that Billboard is a lie. You can buy No 1s.”
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Billboard published a detailed article refuting 6ix9ine’s allegations. “Overall, Stuck With U drew 28.1m US streams, 26.3m in radio airplay audience and 108,000 sold in the tracking week … Gooba had 55.3m US streams, 172,000 in radio airplay audience and 24,000 sold. Those sums resulted in the songs’ respective rankings on this week’s Hot 100.”
The accused pop stars also took to Instagram to clear things out. If five or more copies of a single are purchased on the same credit card, all of those sales are discounted, Bieber expressed through his Instagram stories. He added that Nielsen, the US data company responsible for calculating the Billboard charts, had checked the figures “and found all our sales were legit because our fans are amazing and bought them”.
Grande also responded to the allegations without naming the rapper: “to anybody that is displeased with their placement on the chart this week or who is spending their time racking their brain thinking of as many ways as they can to discredit hardworking women (and only the women for some reason…..), i ask u to take a moment to humble yourself.”