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6ix9ine Claims Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber Bought No. 1 Debut, Grande Tells 6ix9ine to 'Humble' Himself

Mahlik Campbell

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6ix9ine traded blows with Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber following their No. 1 debut on the Hot 100. 👀

After Grande and Bieber's "Stuck with U" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on Monday, beating out 6ix9ine's comeback single, "GOOBA," which earned the No. 3 spot, 6ix9ine claimed that Grande and Bieber's teams gamed the charts and "bought 30,000 or so units with six credit cards."

Building on his initial allegation made last week that Grande, Bieber and their labels (Republic Records and Def Jam) submitted “60,000 units out of nowhere,” 6ix9ine also stated that Billboard only counted 30 million of the over 50 million streams "GOOBA" earned.

However, in the Billboard article announcing the latest Hot 100 update, they credited 6ix9ine with all 55.3 million U.S. streams for "GOOBA," giving him his first No. 1 record on the Streaming Songs chart.

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He also referenced supposed sentiments from Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj that they "used to look up to Billboard" before realizing the system was flawed.

In a follow-up post, 6ix9ine called Grande "a beautiful singer," but suggested that she doesn't "understand" his pain, continuing in the caption, "I don't think you know what humble is."

He highlighted their different upbringings by reflecting on his experience as a busboy and comparing a clip of him touring his old home in Brooklyn, NY with Grande's star role in the 2013 Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat.

Shortly after 6ix9ine's first video rant on Monday, Grande shared a lengthy Instagram post celebrating her and Bieber's historic No. 1 song, which placed them alongside Mariah Carey and Drake as the only artists ever with three No. 1 debuts. Grande also became the first act in history to debut a song at No. 1 in three straight years.

In the caption of that same post, Grande addressed 6ix9ine's allegations, referring to her fans as "ride or die motherfuckers" who bought "Stuck with U" legally. (Listeners can only buy four copies of a song with one credit card before their purchases stop counting toward chart position.)

Without naming 6ix9ine, she continued by writing, "u can not discredit this as hard as u try." She added, "i ask u to take a moment to humble yourself."

Confirming who her thoughts were meant for, Grande wrote, "congratulations to all my talented ass peers in the top ten this week. 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.

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Bieber also came to the defense of Grande and the song's chart-topping position. "If you gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it's our song," he wrote.

He also suggested that the 60,000 units that arrived last Thursday night were part of a larger "strategy" to not reveal numbers until the end of the week. Bieber and Grande's longtime manager, Scooter Braun, confirmed this approach with a comment on Grande's IG post.

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Braun also responded to Tekashi's previous claim that several major labels requested audits on how Billboard is tracking metrics. He noted that there was an investigation, but it was focused on a video with "6 times the amount of paid bot activity than the normal video."

He was likely referencing the video for "GOOBA," which has racked up nearly 200 million YouTube views in a little over a week.