Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have responded to claims made by rapper Tekashi69 that there was ‘cheating’ involved to get their track to number one.
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The rapper, who was released from prison last month and is currently under house arrest, took to Instagram to question if the Billboard charts had been manipulated in favour of the duo’s new single, Stuck with U, which made it to number one.
In the video, Tekashi, also known as 6ix9ine, claims to have a forecast of the charts which is ‘sent out to every label.’ He claims in the forecast, the song is number five, while his song Gooba is at number two.
He says “Last night, which is completely illegal, last night, last second, last hour, Stuck With U by Ariana Grande submits 60,000 units out of nowhere. Completely out of nowhere.” He also claims Doja Cat’s label (who was predicted at number one) have requested an audit of the charts, which has not been confirmed.
6ix9ine said “So Billboard: the world is watching and saying, why ya’ll cheating? If ya’ll doing this to every artist in the world, how can an artist that works hard get number one? How?”
Now, Ariana has slammed claims that she and Justin’s number one song was the result of ‘cheating,’ stating that their fans purchased the song.
Also taking to Instagram, she writes “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.”
She said “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 motherf***ers 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. You can not discredit this as hard as you try.”
She adds “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.”
Justin has also responded to the rapper’s allegations, stating “60,000 units came because we don’t disclose our numbers until end of week. That’s called strategy.”
He said, “Don’t discredit our fan base with false info.”
Justin posted a statement to Instagram.
Billboard has also responded, stating “The sales spike is likely referring to sales on Thursday, May 14 — the final day of the tracking week — when signed “Stuck With U” singles were put up for sale in Grande and Bieber’s webstores.”
It added “A signed single or album is an accepted form of sales available to any artist and has been noted repeatedly within Billboard chart stories when such items have impacted the Hot 100. 6ix9ine, meanwhile, released a non-signed CD single/digital download on the last day of the tracking week via his webstore.”