Tekashi 6ix9ine has doubled down on previous accusations that Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber bought their Billboard Hot 100 number one spot (with “Stuck with U”) after his comeback song, “Gooba,” stalled at number three.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, took to Instagram with a new rant, claiming that Grande and Bieber “bought” their chart-topping position after the duo submitted 60,000 units “out of nowhere.” He accused them of buying half of those new sales with “six credit cards,” and that Billboard refused to share details about who the cards were linked to.
6ix9ine went on to show “evidence” that his song “Gooba” should have made it to number one instead, and that Billboard had disqualified 20 million or so streams of his track.
Grande later fired back at the rapper, although without directly naming Hernandez. In an Instagram post, the singer thanked fans who’ve always supported her while slamming those who have tried to discredit her achievements. “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,” she wrote.
“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,” Grande added.
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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.
Bieber later echoed Grande’s statements with a post on his Instagram Stories. The Canadian pop star also debunked 6ix9ine’s claims, revealing that the so-called “disqualified” streams didn’t count towards the Hot 100 placement as they were global streams.
“60,000 units came because we don’t disclose our numbers until end of week,” Bieber added. “That’s called strategy.”