Tekashi 69 Accuses Billboard Of Playing Favorites And ‘Manipulating’ The Charts
Rapper Tekashi 69, aka 6ix9ine, is back in the news again — this time for accusing Billboard of “manipulating” the charts to favor certain artists. He posted a two-minute rant on Instagram making the claim.
Tekashi was recently released early from prison due to COVID-19 concerns, and he wasted no time releasing a new song called “GOOBA.” Since last week, the music video has over 150 million views on YouTube.
Tekashi 69 Accuses Billboard Of ‘Manipulating’ The Charts
On Friday, Tekashi posted a video for his 20 million Instagram followers, claiming that Billboard manipulates the charts and is possibly paid to put certain artists at No. 1. He showed a forecast he says was sent to record labels on Thursday, showing Doja Cat’s “Say So” at No. 1, with his song in second place.
Ariana Grande and Justn Bieber’s “Stuck With U” was in fifth place on the list he showed. He then says “Stuck With U” submitted 60,000 units “out of nowhere” on Thursday night, putting the song at No. 1 in the forecast.
Tekashi called his song a “landslide.” He said, “Billboard, the world is watching,” and added, “How can an artist that works hard get No. 1? How?”
Tekashi previously addressed this issue in a now-deleted Instagram post, writing, “I will hate to believe that people pay for their spins on the radio and making manipulating bundles to manipulate the chart. Again it’s still early [I’m] just making it clear that the world is watching.”
What Do Fans Think Of Tekashi’s Accusation?
Followers seemed to have mixed reactions to Tekashi 69’s video. Some commenters agreed that the sytem was “rigged.” One Twitter user called the video “an hour long marketing class in 3 minutes,” showing “how the music industry works.”
Another Twitter user said it seems “fishy” that Ariana’s song racked up so many units so quickly. However, other commenters weren’t buying Tekashi’s accusations. Some people pointed out that Ariana and Bieber’s song “Stuck With U” is for charity. Others thought it was hypocritical of him to call anyone else out for doing something “illegal.”
One commenter wrote that Tekashi “doesn’t know how to accept that he is not the only artist in the world and that there are other artists that are more streamed than him.” Another called him a “crybaby.”
What do you think? Does Tekashi have a point, or is he just being a sore loser? Let us know in the comments!