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.
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."
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.
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.