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Tekashi 6ix9ine Unleashes Rant on Landing No. 3 Spot on Hot 100: “I Want the World to Know That Billboard Is a Lie”

“You can buy number ones on Billboard, I want that to register in your head,” he shared in his new Instagram video.

“I want the world to know that Billboard is a lie,” were the words Tekashi 6ix9ine nearly yelled in his latest Instagram video. This new clip from the New York rapper has garnered over 4 million views.

The explainer video dropped a bit after Billboard announced he’d solidified the No. 3 spot on the Hot 100 chart with his new single “Gooba” which is behind Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj’s “Say So (Remix).” Landing at No. 1 was Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s newest collaboration “Stuck With U.” The Grande and Bieber collab reportedly raked in over 40 million streams. 

“You can buy No.1s on Billboard, I want that to register in your head. Now let me tell you what happened,” he declared in the video. Tekashi goes on to share that he has an ongoing investigation about Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s track “Stuck With U” which is currently No. 1. In the investigation, he alleges they found Grande and her camp purchased 30,000 of 60,000 units “last second” with 6 credit cards last week.

He also zoomed in on a spreadsheet that pinpointed “Gooba” was streamed over 50 million times. After this, he added that Billboard only counted 31million streams. “Billboard illegally disqualified 21 million streams so it can drop down and so the people who bought the No. 1, which was ‘Stuck With U’ can go to No. 1.”

“Stuck With U” also grabbed the top spot on the Digital Songs Sale chart with 108,000 downloads and 28.1 million streams. “Gooba” did land the No. 1 ranking on the Streaming Songs chart with 55.3 million streams, yet it only garnered 24, 000 sales. 

Last week, before the official chart data was made public, Tekashi publicly accused Billboard of manipulating its Hot 100 chart methodology and selecting “favorites.” Per Complex, in an Instagram video, he showed an email sent to major labels on Thursday forecasting Doja Cat’s “Say So” with “Gooba” as the No. 2 track. “Stuck With U” was No. 5 when this alleged email was sent out. In a follow-up email which was sent “last second” showed Grande’s single would be No. 1 after submitting 60,000 more units. In this video, he shared, “I’ll be real disappointed ’cause this is for every rapper, artist in the world. Every genre.”

Tekashi even pointed out that Billboard tweeted out fans could purchase a Bieber and Grande-signed copy of “Stuck With U.” He added, “If you manipulate the charts right and you create bundles…’Gooba’ streamed over 200 millions streams—more than ‘Stuck With U,’ Doja Cat, more than every artist that released a song this week double the times. It’s a landslide.”

Take a look at the video below.

Billboard has since addressed 6ix9ine’s claims, and broke down how the calculations for this week’s No .1 for the Billboard Hot 100 came about.

“In an effort towards transparency regarding the Hot 100’s chart rules and tabulation process — and the calculations that go into the determinations of its final rankings — Billboard wanted to clear some things up regarding this week’s chart, and the stats accumulated by the two singles that marked its highest debuts,” the publication wrote.

This story was published on May 18, 2020, and was updated on May 19, 2020.

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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