6ix9ine took to Instagram yesterday to say that “you can buy number ones on Billboard.” The rapper went on to say that Grande and Bieber’s hit submitted 60,000 units on May 14, and that from his research, the duo submitted 30,000 of those units by using “six credit cards.”
Bieber has responded saying, “60,000 units came at the end because we don’t disclose our numbers until the end of the week.” He continued to explain how the charts work, adding “the rules are clear one credit card can buy max four copies. Anything over that, the entire amount gets thrown out.”
Ariana Grande took to Instagram to address the rumors, saying “Our fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE). They are ride or die motherf*ckers and I thank god every day that I have them in my life.” The singer continued to say in her lengthy post, “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 hard-working 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.”
You can find 6ix9ine’s accusations, as well as Bieber and Grande’s responses below.
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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.
Original Story (May 19, 2020): Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s hit “Stuck With U” has landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking over last week’s reigning queens Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj with their version of “Say So.”
“Stuck With U” debuted at No. 1 while Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was also trying to get his debut post-prison track “Gooba” to the top spot, came in third. Grande and Bieber pushed “Say So” to second, while Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion‘s remix of “Savage” moved from second-place to fifth.
— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) May 18, 2020
6ix9ine’s track has dominated YouTube this week accumulating over 180 million streams, while “Stuck With U” garnered considerably less at 40 million. However, Grande and Bieber’s track did amass 108,000 downloads on the Digital Song Sales chart and 28.1 million U.S. streams. Sales made from “Stuck With U” will also be partially donated to the First Responders Children’s Fund, helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
6ix9ine recently accused Billboard of manipulating the charts. In an Instagram video, the rapper showed an email that would forecast his track to land at No. 2, and see “Stuck With U” stay at No. 5. However, he then showed another email that predicted “Stuck With U” would land at No. 1.
In other news, Future could score his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his latest offering, High Off Life.