Tekashi69 Claimed That Ariana Grande And Justin Bieber Bought Their #1 Spot On Billboard, And They Slapped Back
Tekashi69 has a new gig and it’s snitching. He’s seemed to have developed a skill for exposing people and this time he’s turned his sights on Billboard, Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber. Tekashi claimed Ariana and The Biebs (which sounds like the name of an extremely insufferable Nickelodeon-made pop group) bought their way to a number one single on Billboard’s Hot 100. But they both called bullshit and it seems like Tekashi is as bad at snitching as he is at rapping.
TMZ says that Tekashi hopped onto Instagram and tried to expose Billboard in a long-winded three-minute video where he talked about how the Billboard charts mean nothing and people can buy their way to a number one. GOOBA, his new piece of trash rap “song”, debuted at number 3 while Ariana and Justin’s song Stuck With U took the top spot. This irked Tekashi, who seems really bothered by a chart he thinks is irrelevant.
“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: you can buy number ones on Billboard.”
He claimed there was an “ongoing investigation,” because there were 60,000 units of Stuck With U sold last minute with 30,000 of them purchased through only six credit cards. Unknown who’s running that investigation, hopefully, Benoit Blanc. He said GOOBA was streamed 50 million times but Billboard “illegally” disqualified 20 million streams. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume there are zero laws related to Billboard charts. Tekashi thought he found his “gotcha!” moment and went off while wearing granny panties on his head:
“If you wanna explain to all the hard-working artists out there–the hard-working artists–and established artists at that because there’s a lot of established artists right now that don’t get number ones and don’t know why. It’s like looking at a apple right? A apple sometimes is most likely red, right–there’s green apples but just look at this: there’s apples that are red, right? And you’re looking at a apple and this is what we did with Billboard: Yo explain how you deduct–if there’s 50 million streams on GOOBA why only count 30 million? Right? So it’s like looking at a apple and saying: I’m obviously looking at you and you’re red, but you’re not… but you’re telling us it’s not red! You got caught cheating red-handed, right?!”
Billboard responded to that nonsensical stream of saltiness out of Tekashi’s mouth in a long article, where they gave a rundown of how the Hot 100 calculations are done. They say that the Billboard forecast that Tekashi shat out did not come from Billboard and they do not give their Hot 100 forecast rankings to labels, artists, or managers. They also responded to Tekashi’s “six credit cards” shit by claiming that they do a thorough audit of sales and take out any excessive bulk buys from the final sales total. And they added this about Stuck With U’s one-day spike:
“Stuck with U” was available to purchase through the week as a digital download, as well as in various physical format/digital download combinations through Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s webstores. The sales spike is likely referring to sales on Thursday, May 14—the final day of the tracking week—when signed “Stuck with U” singles were put up for sale in Grande and Bieber’s webstores.
A signed single or album is an accepted form of sales available to any artist and has been noted repeatedly within Billboard chart stories when such items have impacted the Hot 100. 6ix9ine, meanwhile, released a non-signed CD single/digital download on the last day of the tracking week via his webstore.
As noted in this week’s story announcing the results on the latest Hot 100, “Stuck with U” sold 108,000 in the tracking week ending May 14 and “GOOBA” sold 24,000, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Ariana also said a bunch of baby talk words about this, thanking her fans for taking the song to number one and without naming Tekashi, let him know that he’s lucky to even be on the chart and congratulated them all, “even number 3.”
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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.
Justin also stood up for their track. He and Ariana are both managed by Scooter Braun so they really circled those wagons. Justin pointed out that Billboard only lets one credit card buy four units of a song–so Tekashi’s claim couldn’t possibly be true. He also tried being tough saying:
“If you gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it’s our song.”
Errr, I know that Justin Bieber is as threatening as a baby mouse on Valerian, but Tekashi has much more dangerous people to be afraid of. But still, it must have worked.
Tekashi posted another video, saying that he wasn’t trying to “come at” Ariana but she doesn’t understand his life. He went on about how poor he used to be and is the voice of “millions of kids who came from nothing.” You do not speak for any kids, actually.
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@arianagrande All I’m saying is I worked super hard to make it out of Brooklyn NY. I speak for the millions of kids who aren’t as fortunate as you. The millions who weren’t fortunate to be on T.V.. LIFE is REAL when you’re on welfare LIFE is REAL when you grow up with out a father. You don’t know what that is like. You say for me to be humble …. I don’t think you know what humble is………. YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS YOU. But you will NEVER UNDERSTAND MY PAIN 💯
I know, all this drama over THOSE two songs. And Ariana Grande once told us that she has no more tears left to cry, but I’m sure she’s crying tears since she doesn’t understand the pain of a menace to children, humanity, eyeballs, and ears. If anybody does want to feel pain and suffering like Tekashi has felt then they could just listen to his shit song again.