Tekashi 6ix9ine Pushes Wild Ariana Grande-Justin Bieber Conspiracy Theory. And She Is Not Pleased.

Monday afternoon, America’s most manic snitch sat down in a stairwell at his new undisclosed address to upload an Instagram video about the music industry’s supposed latest mega-scam. “So listen, I want the world to know that Billboard is a lie,” said Tekashi 6ix9ine, or Daniel Hernandez, who was recently released from federal custody, where he was serving out a sentence for nine charges including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery. “You can buy No. 1s on Billboard. I want that to register in your head: You can buy No. 1s on Billboard.

The conspiracy he was talking about involved the latest Billboard chart rankings, which put Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s quarantine single, “Stuck with U,” at No. 1, while 6ix9ine’s first hit post-prison, “GOOBA,” an undeniable monster of a track with an uncharacteristically corny music video, languished in third. Specifically, he claimed that, at the end of last week, “Stuck with U” suddenly acquired an additional 60,000 units, a metric combining sales and streaming numbers across platforms, and that 30,000 of those units were purchased with the same six credit cards.

“We have an on-going investigation right now,” 6ix9ine said, wearing an almost all-white outfit, topped with a pink satin bonnet. “Last Thursday, Ariana with ‘Stuck with U’ submitted 60,000 units last second. With the investigation we found this: they purchased half of those things with six credit cards. When we asked, ‘Where do those credit cards link to?’ Billboard said, ‘We can’t disclose that information.’ They bought 30,000 or so units with six credit cards. Six credit cards!”

At the same time, 6ix9ine claimed, Billboard had miscalculated “GOOBA’s” streams, attributing just 31 million units to his single when he alleged it had 50 million streams. In 6ix9ine’s view, they had “illegally disqualified” 20 million streams. “Billboard was number one, but now we know, it’s all manipulated, it’s fabricated, this is what artists do,” he said. “I want you to see this: ‘GOOBA’ streamed 50 million streams and this is what they’re counting…they only counted 31 million. Billboard illegally disqualified 20 million streams so they can drop down, so the people who bought No. 1, which was ‘Stuck with U,’ go to No. 1.” 

To illustrate, the music industry’s agent of chaos indulged in an extended simile. “It’s like looking at an apple. An apple is most likely red. There’s green apples sometimes, but get this, there’s apples that are red, right? And you’re looking at an apple—and this is what we did with Billboard: if there’s 50 million streams on ‘GOOBA,’ why only count 31 million? It’s like looking at an apple—and I’m obviously looking at you and you’re red—but you’re not, you’re telling us that it’s not red. You got caught cheating red handed, right? 

(Billboard and Nielsen did not immediately respond to requests for comment. This article may be updated with their statements). 

Within hours, Grande and Bieber responded to the claims. On an Instagram story, Bieber posted a screenshot of his iPhone notes, arguing that 6ix9ine had misunderstood the rankings calculations. “He says his streams don’t count. Yes they do but he is counting his global streams and this is a domestic chart so only domestic streams count [sic],” Bieber claimed, “60,000 units came because we don’t disclose our number until end of week. That’s called strategy.” 

The allegation that 30,000 units were purchased with six credit cards, Bieber said, was “a lie.” There are limits on how many sales a single credit card can buy. “The rules are clear,” Bieber said. “One credit card can buy max 4 copies. Anything over that the entire amount gets thrown out. Nielsen company checks this and found all our sales are legit because our fans are amazing and bought them [sic].” 

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…

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