Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s charity duet “Stuck With U” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s new single “Gooba” debuted at No. 3, behind Doja Cat’s “Say So” at No. 2.
The rapper had accused Grande of somehow purchasing the No. 1 spot on the chart and manipulating Billboard’s sales tracker.
“They bought 30,000 units with six credit cards,” he said in a video. “Six credits cards. Now, again, you’re gonna enjoy your No. 1. Explain how you buy 30,000 with six credit cards?”
Grande replied in a lengthy Instagram post, strongly denying the accusation: “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.”
Bieber added: “Nielsen company checks this and found all our sales were legit because our fans are amazing and bought them. Don’t discredit our fan base with false info.”
— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) May 18, 2020
Tekashi 6ix9ine accused Ariana Grande as well as Billboard of manipulating the charts
Ariana Grande has responded to claims 6ix9ine made against her on social media today.
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thank u to everybody who supported this song, this cause and made this happen. we love uuuuu so much. 🤍 there’s so much to celebrate today. 🤍 however, i would like to say a few things. anyone who knows me or has followed me for a while knows that numbers aren’t the driving force in anything i do. i’m grateful to sing. grateful to have people who want to listen. grateful to even be here at all. i didn’t have a number one for the first five years of my career and it didn’t upset me at all because from the bottom of my heart, music is everything to me. my fans are everything to me. i promise i couldn’t ask for another fucking thing. so with this celebration today, i would like to address a few things which i don’t usually do (i don’t give my energy to drama or strange accusations normally but this has gone a little too far)…my fans bought the song. JUSTIN’S fans bought the song. OUR fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE). they are ride or die motherfuckers and i thank god every day that i have them in my life. not just when they fight for us to win (even when i ask them not to as i did this week) but because they’re some of the greatest people i know. sales count for more than streams. u can not discredit this as hard as u try. 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. be grateful you’re even here. that people want to listen to u at all. it’s a blessed position to be in. i’ve had a lot of “almost number ones” in my career and i never said a goddamn thing because I FEEL GRATEFUL TO EVEN BE HERE. TO WANT TO BE HEARD AT ALL …. and you should feel that way too. congratulations to all my talented ass peers in the top ten this week. even number 3. 🥰 and thank u to @billboard for this honor. and thank u to everybody who helped us raise a lot of money for a very important cause this week. love u all a lot.
In a post uploaded to Instagram on Monday afternoon (May 18), Ariana addressed Tekashi’s prediction that her debut at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 is a result of her team purchasing thousands of units of her and Justin Bieber’s record, “Stuck With U.” Just before Billboard announced that the hit song landed at the top spot, 6ix9ine said via Instagram that Ariana’s team had a hand in manipulating her chart numbers.
“I didn’t have a number one for the first five years of my career and it didn’t upset me at all because from the bottom of my heart, music is everything to me,” Ariana wrote in the caption for the Instagram post. “My fans are everything to me. i promise i couldn’t ask for another fucking thing.”
She referenced those attempting to discredit the work of her and Bieber’s fans, whom she says are responsible for the success of their song.
“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,” she continued. “Be grateful you’re even here. that people want to listen to u at all. it’s a blessed position to be in.”
Before thanking Billboard for the honor, Ariana congratulated the other artists who snagged spots within the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart this week, including Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj, who came in at No. 2 and 6ix9ine, who debuted at No. 3 with “Gooba.”
“Congratulations to all my talented ass peers in the top ten this week,” she added. “Even number 3.”
Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, who reps Bieber as well, stepped in the social media ring to chime in on the accusations made against his clients and their No. 1 song.
“Only domestic streams are counted for a domestic chart. If someone is counting their total they aren’t counting correctly,” he said. “Two…We never disclose out sales until end of week. That is called strategy and is and always has been our policy. Three… Nielsen and billboard rules state clearly one credit card can only buy max 4 copies. Anything above that the entire amount gets thrown out. They review that. All must be confirmed. Which is was. No one should discredit your amazing fan base with lies.”
Scooter also confirmed that there was an investigation into the Billboard calculations this week, as 6ix9ine mentioned in his IG video about Ariana’s record. However, Braun said the inquiry was into bot activity regarding a music video.
“Yes there was an investigation this week but it was in to a video that had 6 times the amount of paid bot activity than the normal view,” he said. “That video was not ours.”
6ix9ine continued to question Billboard and also allege that Ariana’s team used six credit cards to purchase 60,000 copies of her “Stuck With U” record.
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@arianagrande All I’m saying is I worked super hard to make it out of Brooklyn NY. I speak for the millions of kids who aren’t as fortunate as you. The millions who weren’t fortunate to be on T.V.. LIFE is REAL when you’re on welfare LIFE is REAL when you grow up with out a father. You don’t know what that is like. You say for me to be humble …. I don’t think you know what humble is………. YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS YOU. But you will NEVER UNDERSTAND MY PAIN 💯