Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber are both celebrating the fact that their new collaboration “Stuck With You” is the No.1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. According to a tweet by Billboard, both artists have tied Mariah Carey and Drake and the artists with the most number-one debuts in Hot 100 history.
Not everyone is happy for them, though. Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is upset because he feels like his single “Gooba” should be No. 1, and he thinks that Ariana, Justin, and Billboard are cheating.
In an Instagram video, he calls out Billboard, saying, “They bought 30,000 units with six credit cards. Six credits cards. Now, again, you’re gonna enjoy your No. 1. Explain how you buy 30,000 with six credit cards?” He also captioned the video, ” @billboard CAUGHT CHEATING. @billboard YOU’RE A LIE AND CORRUPT. YOU GOT CAUGHT CHEATING AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW.”
Now Ariana and Justin Bieber are responding to the rapper’s claims. On social media, Ariana said, “to anybody that is displeased with their placement…or racking their brain thinking of as many ways… to discredit hardworking women… i ask u to take a moment to humble yourself.” Justin Bieber also posted a statement saying, “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.”
Scooter Braun also jumped in and defended Ariana and Justin. In his post, he talked about how streams are counted for the Billboard charts. He also explained that there is an investigation happening regarding paid bot activity on Tekashi’s video. All three statements are below.