Billboard clears up calculation of this week's number one after 6ix9ine drama

Billboard has cleared up how they calculated this week’s number one spot after Tekashi 6ix9ine accused them of ‘manipulating’ numbers.

The rapper claimed the Billboard Hot 100 (the US equivalent of the UK singles chart) gives ‘paid-for numbers ones’ after he came in third place with Gooba, behind Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s charity single Stuck With U landing at number one and Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj’s Say So at number two.

6ix9ine uploaded a video showing himself scrolling through an unidentified chart forecasting site on his phone, noticing that Stuck With U jumped from number five to number one overnight.

He wrote: ‘@Billboard caught cheating. You’re a lie and corrupt. You got caught cheating and the world will know.’

Ariana, Justin and their manager Scooter Braun denied the claims, and Billboard has clarified that YouTube’s visible number of plays (over 180 million) for his song Gooba includes global plays, while Billboard only counts US-based plays (55.3 million) for its Hot 100.

They also confirmed that Billboard doesn’t provide chart forecasts – which Tekashi was scrolling through – to the ‘labels, managements or artists.’

‘The chart forecast referenced was not created nor provided by Billboard to the industry,’ they wrote.

‘Those with access to sales, streaming and radio data from various sources often create their own chart models and update them at their own frequency.

‘Billboard does not distribute any Hot 100 ranking forecast to labels, management or artists.’

Addressing the late 24-hour spike in sales for Ariana and Justin’s song, Billboard believes the sales were may on 14 May – the final day of the tracking week and when signed Stuck With U singles were put up for sale in the respective artists’ webstores.

Proceeds from Ariana and Justin’s single are going towards coronavirus charity First Responders Children’s Foundation.

6ix9ine, on the other hand, released a non-signed CD single/digital download.

‘As noted in this week’s story announcing the results on the latest Hot 100, “Stuck With U” sold 108,000 in the tracking week ending May 14 and “Gooba” sold 24,000, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data,’ they added.

They’re really coming through with the receipts.

Tekashi – real name Daniel Hernandez – thought that ‘six credit cards’ made a large percentage of the sales, but Billboard ‘works with data partners to recognise excessive bulk purchases and removes those units from the final sales total.’

Maybe next week, 6ix9ine.

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