Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, also known as 6ix9ine, posted an Instagram video last week accusing Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber of purchasing the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The post is featured on the rapper’s IGTV, Instagram TV, account.

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, Grande and Bieber’s “Stuck with U” came in the number one spot while 6ix9ine’s “Gooba” is the third song on the list.

“Gooba” is Tekashi’s first single since being released last month from federal prison, four months before the end of his two-year sentence.

In the rapper’s video, he claims that Billboard both undercounted the number of streams “Gooba” received and suggested that six credit cards were fraudulently involved in purchasing downloads of “Stuck with U” to inflate the success of the song.

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Grande fired back against the rapper’s statements on her Instagram. “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),” she commented.

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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.

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Bieber also took to social media to comment on the situation. “The rules are clear. One credit card can buy max 4 copies. Anything over that the entire amount gets thrown out. Nielsen checks this and found all our sales were legit because our fans are amazing and bought them,” he wrote on his Instagram story. 

Bieber called out Tekashi 69 for referring to Grande in his IGTV video and not him. “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’re] gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it’s our song.”

Proceeds from “Stuck with U” will benefit the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Billboard also commented on the matter. “Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data conducts audits on all sales reported with access to purchase-level detail, and works with data partners to recognize excessive bulk purchases and removed those units from the final sales total. All titles this week, as in every week, were put under the same scrutiny,” the magazine said.