Ariana Grande Hits Back At Claims She Cheated Her Way To No. 1 Song
Written by Huffingtonpost on May 18, 2020
A No. 1 music on the Billboard chart? Gee, thanks, however Ariana Grande didn’t purchase it.
The singer’s quarantine bop for charity, “Caught With U” with Justin Bieber, made its debut on the prime spot on the Billboard Scorching 100 songs chart on Tuesday amid some main drama within the music business.
On condition that each Grande’s and Bieber’s fan bases are as robust and devoted as they arrive, it’s not precisely shocking that the team-up would propel them to new heights. “Caught With U” ranks because the third No. 1 debut for each Grande and Bieber, placing them within the esteemed firm of a four-way tie with Mariah Carey and Drake. (It’s additionally Grande’s third No. 1 ever and Bieber’s sixth.)
However not everyone is on board the Bieber-Grande prepare, with rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine accusing the duo of manipulating the charts and retaining him out of the highest spot.
The Brooklyn-born rapper, who’s at the moment beneath home arrest after being launched from jail early attributable to coronavirus issues, made his return to the rap scene with “Gooba” earlier this month. The music debuted at No. three on the chart behind Doja Cat’s Nicki Minaj-assisted “Say So” remix.
Earlier within the day, 6ix9ine slammed Grande and Bieber for “dishonest” in a sequence of Instagram movies, alleging a conspiracy towards him and explaining how the duo unfairly beat him to the highest spot.
“YOU’RE A LIE AND CORRUPT,” he wrote to Billboard on Instagram. “YOU GOT CAUGHT CHEATING AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW.”
The rapper claimed somebody “illegally” purchased 60,000 models of Grande and Bieber’s duet “on the final second” and half of these have been bought with six bank cards.
“So pay attention, I need the world to know that Billboard is a lie. You should buy No. 1s on Billboard,” he stated within the video, claiming that tens of millions of his streams weren’t counted. “I need that to register in your head. You should buy No. 1s on Billboard.”
“You bought caught dishonest redhanded,” added Tekashi. “It’s not honest to artists who work… I acquired the largest file.”
Grande hit again at his claims in an Instagram submit on Monday, defending her place on the chart whereas making it clear that “numbers aren’t the driving pressure” behind her music.
“To anyone that’s displeased with their placement on the chart this week or who’s spending their time racking their mind pondering of as some ways as they will to discredit hardworking girls (and solely the ladies for some motive…..), i ask u to take a second to humble your self,” she wrote with out mentioning the rapper by identify.
“be grateful you’re even right here. that individuals wish to take heed to u in any respect. it’s a blessed place to be in,” Grande continued. “i’ve had plenty of ‘nearly quantity ones’ in my profession and that i by no means stated a goddamn factor as a result of I FEEL GRATEFUL TO EVEN BE HERE. TO WANT TO BE HEARD AT ALL …. and you must really feel that approach too.”
Bieber additionally weighed in a submit of his personal on Instagram Tales, including that the 60,000 models in query “got here as a result of we don’t disclose our numbers till the top of the week.”
“That is my music with Ariana Grande and I’m honored to work along with her to assist elevate cash for a fantastic case,” he wrote. “In case you gonna say her identify ensure you say mine as a result of it’s our music.”
6ix9ine later clarified in his personal response that he’s “not coming” for Grande however merely expressing his frustration towards Billboard. Nonetheless, he would possibly as properly get used to her claiming the highest spot.
The Grammy winner may have one other No. 1 collaboration on her palms subsequent week after her extremely anticipated observe “Rain Me” off Girl Gaga’s new album drops on Friday.
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