Ariana Grande responds to 6ix9ine’s allegations of manipulating the charts
Ariana Grande took out time to reply 6ix9ine after the Gooba rapper claimed she and her management manipulated the billboard charts to get the number 1 spot.
Taking the spot with her collaborative effort with Justin Bieber titled Stuck with U, Grande had this to say.
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.”
Before thanking Billboard for the honor, Ariana congratulated the other artists who snagged spots within the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart this week, including Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj, who came in at No. 2 and 6ix9ine, who debuted at No. 2 with “Gooba.”
“Congratulations to all my talented ass peers in the top ten this week,” she added. “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.
Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun talked on the accusations made against his clients and their No. 1 song.
Only domestic streams are counted for a domestic chart. If someone is counting their total they aren’t counting correctly,” he said.
“Two…We never disclose out 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.”
Scooter also confirmed that there was an investigation this week, as 6ix9ine mentioned in his IG video about Ariana’s record. However, Braun said the inquiry was into bot activity regarding a music video.
“Yes there was an investigation this week but it was in to a video that had 6 times the amount of paid bot activity than the normal view,” he said. “That video was not ours.”