The Brooklyn rapper has taken to his Instagram account to share a video of him pointing proofs that Billboard is playing ‘favorites’ and getting ‘paid for No. 1s.’
- May 16, 2020
AceShowbiz – 6ix9ine a.k.a. Tekashi69 is calling out Billboard. The “Gooba” hitmaker accuses Billboard for purposedly cheating him out of Hot 100 chart by manipulating it as his new single fails to nab the No. 1 spot.
On Friday, May 15, the Brooklyn rapper took to his Instagram account to share a video of him pointing proofs that Billboard was playing “favorites.” In the clip, he showed an email that was purportedly sent to major record labels on Thursday.
The email had Doja Cat‘s “Say So” at No. 1, while his single “Gooba” followed it up at No. 2. Meanwhile, The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” was at No. 3, and Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce Knowles‘ “Savage” was at No. 4. Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s latest collaboration “Stuck With U” concluded the top five.
Tekashi later claimed that Billboard sent another email “last second” on Thursday night. The new email had “Stuck With U” ascending from No. 5 to No. 1 after gaining 60,000 units “out of nowhere.” He said in the video, “[Grande and Bieber] went from being fifth place to first place out of nowhere. So ‘Gooba’ never jumps to No. 1, but Ariana jumps from No. 5 to No. 1?” He also pointed out that Billboard promoted in a tweet signed physical copies of the “Stuck With U” single.
“I’ll be real disappointed ’cause this is for every rapper, artist in the world. Every genre. 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,” he said, before adding that Sony and Universal Music requested audits.
He continued, “Because literally, you’re manipulating the charts now. So, Billboard, the world is watching … If y’all do this to every artist in the world, how can an artist that works hard get No. 1? How?”
Prior to this, 6ix9ine warned Billboard in a now-deleted post. “We love you (Billboard) and always supported the charting,” he said. “On every platform we are dominating by a LANDSLIDE. The numbers are there and to be looked at. WITH NO RADIO WE ARE DOMINATING THE STREAMS. I will hate to believe that people pay for their spins on the radio and making manipulating bundles to manipulate the chart. Again it’s still early Im just making it clear that the world is watching.”
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