Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and their music manager Scooter Braun have all hit back at claims that their no. 1 on the Billboard charts this week was fixed.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine took to his Instagram account Monday to blast Billboard, and appeared to be suggesting that Grande and Bieber’s charity single – which features Scooter Braun’s first songwriting credit – reached the top spot unfairly.
In his post, 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez) claimed that ‘6 credit cards used to buy 60,000 copies in the last hour’ helped Grande and Bieber’s song ‘Stuck With U’, the proceeds of which go to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
“YOU’RE A LIE AND CORRUPT,’ 6ix9ine wrote to Billboard on his Instagram page. “YOU GOT CAUGHT CHEATING AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW.”
Grande was first to hit back to the claims directly saying: ‘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).’
Her expletive-filled rant added that it was her fans that got them to number one who she referred to as her ‘ride of die motherf——s.’
The singer was then supported by Bieber who gave a lengthy response on his Instagram page, defending themselves saying: ‘60,000 units came because we don’t disclose our numbers until end of week. That’s called strategy.’
He added: ‘This is my song with Ariana Grande and I’m honored to work with her to help raise money for a great cause. If you gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it’s our song.’
Music manager Braun – who also shares a songwriting credit in the song – then got involved himself, explaining: ‘Only domestic streams are counted for a domestic chart. If someone is counting their total they aren’t counting correctly.’
He added ‘Two…We never disclose our sales until end of week. That is called strategy and is and always has been our policy. Three… Nielsen and billboard rules state clearly one credit card can only buy max 4 copies.’
‘Anything above that the entire amount gets thrown out. They review that. All must be confirmed. Which is was. No one should discredit your amazing fan base with lies.’
Braun did admit that there was investigation going on, but it was not over their song. He said: ‘Four…Yes there was an investigation this week but it was into a video that had 6 times the amount of paid bot activity than the normal video. That video was not ours..’
Rapper 6ix9ine then posted a message directly hitting back at Grande saying, after she told him to ‘take a moment and be humble.’
He responded, in part, saying: ‘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 TV.’
‘LIFE is REAL when you’re on welfare LIFE is REAL when you grow up with out a father. You don’t what that is like. You say for me to be humble… I don’t think you know what humble is.’
He appeared to be taking issue with the fact that Grande was previously a child star before she made it big in the music industry.
However, Grande seemed to be upset that 6ix9ine’s claims was putting a dampener on her achievement as a female solo artist.
Grande re-posted a fact from Chart Data on her Instagram page that claimed she has become the first act in history to debut a song at number one on the Hot 100 in three consecutive years.
Her song has taken over from last week’s No. 1, ‘Say So’ — the first for both Doja Cat and remix guest Nicki Minaj.
Meanwhile, Braun caused huge controversy last year when he bought Big Machine Records – acquiring Taylor Swift’s back catalogue of master recordings.
‘Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work,’ Swift wrote on Tumblr at the time, adding: ‘Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it. This is my worst case scenario.’
Braun insisted he had ‘no malicious intent’ in the power move.