Despite breaking all sorts of YouTube records, Tekashi 6ix9ine's back-from-prison smash "GOOBA" will not finish number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead, that honor went to the Ariana Grande featuring Justin Bieber track "Stuck With U."
6ix9ine is claiming Grande's label whipped out the credit card[s] to propel "Stuck With U" to the top.
"You can buy number ones on Billboard," 6ix9ine said on IG. "Last Thursday, Ariana submitted 60,000 units last second. With an investigation, we found this. They purchased half of those [units] with six credit cards. We when asked where were those six credit cards linked to, Billboard said we can't disclose that information ... you got caught cheating red-handed. You can buy number ones."
In addition to accepting Grande's shady downloads, 6ix9ine claims Billboard also "disqualified" at least 20 million of "GOOBA"'s streams, and if they hadn't he would have still finished number one.
6ix9ine doesn't address why Doja Cat's and Nicki Minaj's track "Say So" was number two. Grande fans are accusing 6ix9ine of his own shady chart manipulation:
BILLBOARD ONLY COUNTED 30M STREAMS FOR 6IX9INE BECAUSE HE WAS USING BOTS pic.twitter.com/iRPnKdqf3g— ARIANA SHADY FACTS (@spillaristea) May 18, 2020
In Hits Daily Double's accounting, "GOOBA" is number one, with "Stuck With You" down at number 6.
Update: Grande has played the woman card in response:
"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."
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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.
Bieber has also weighed in:
And here's 6ix9ine firing back with the humble-troll:
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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 💯