Tekashi 69 went on a tirade yesterday on social media, accusing Billboard of allowing artists to buy #1 songs. He’s mad that his song “Gooba” will not debut at #1 because of a last minute jump of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s song “Stuck With U.” He claims that sales of 30,000 units of “Stuck With U” are traceable to just six credit cards.
As you can expect, his tirade did not sit too well with either Ariana or Justin Bieber. According to Ariana:
“Thank u to everybody who supported this song, this cause and made this happen,” Grande began her Instagram rebuttal. “We love uuuuu so much. there’s so much to celebrate today. however, i would like to say a few things.” “OUR fans bought this song (never more than four copies each, AS THE RULES STATE). they are ride or die mother—kers and i thank god every day that i have them in my life,” she wrote. “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.” She continued: “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.”
Justin Bieber released his own statement saying “He says streams don’t count,” the Canadian crooner wrote. “Yes they do but he is counting his global streams and this is a domestic chart so only domestic streams count. 60,000 units came because we don’t disclose our numbers until end of week. That’s called strategy.”
Check out Tekashi’s rant below: