The Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Tekashi 6ix9ine Beef Explained

A fun morning beef, if you need a snack: Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber‘s quarantine charity single “Stuck With U” is currently perched atop the Billboard Hot 100 (knocking Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj’s “Say So” remix down to No. 2 and Beyoncé’s rework of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” to No. 5… make it make sense). Alleged sexual predator 6ix9ine was recently released from his racketeering sentence as a result of coronavirus, was bummed that his post-prison single “GOOBA” only made No. 3. Now, he’s accusing Ari and Biebs of buying their chart spot.

What’s Tekashi saying?

“I want the world to know: Billboard is a lie. You can buy No. 1s on Billboard,” the rapper contended in a very passionate Insta video, fitted up in an excellent all-white and pink look. He references an “ongoing investigation,” while holding up some screenshots of charts on his phone: “Last Thursday, Ariana’s ‘Stuck With U’ got 60,000 units last second… With the investigation we found this: they purchased half of those with six credits cards.” He says Billboard illegally disqualified 20 million streams from his own song. “YOU GOT CAUGHT CHEATING AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW,” he captioned the post.

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What are Ari and Biebs saying?

Grande fired back in a lengthy, indignant Insta post celebrating their victory and suggesting Tekashi go get his own ride-or-dies. “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,” she wrote, also offering this advice: “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.”

Biebs also came to her defense: “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 gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it’s our song.”

Ariana Grande on Instagram: “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.…”

Their shared manager Scooter Braun also hopped in the ring, reiterating the Billboard chart rules. He says while there was a video with an unusual number of bot streams, he claims “it wasn’t ours.”

Is Tekashi backing down?

Hell no. He doubled down in a dispatch to Ariana posted later yesterday, saying she doesn’t understand what losing out on the No. 1 means to him. “I don’t want you to think that I am coming at you. Not saying that you’re not talented,” he says in a video, contrasting documentary footage of his family’s apartment Brooklyn with a Disney clip of Ariana. “I worked super hard to make it out of Brooklyn NY. I speak for the millions of kids who aren’t as fortunate as you,” he captioned the post. “The millions who weren’t fortunate to be on T.V.. LIFE is REAL when you’re on welfare LIFE is REAL when you grow up with out a father. You don’t know what that is like. You say for me to be humble …. I don’t think you know what humble is………. YOU ARE VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL GOD BLESS YOU. But you will NEVER UNDERSTAND MY PAIN.”

IM BACK AND THEY MAD on Instagram: “@arianagrande All I’m saying is I worked super hard to make it out of Brooklyn NY. I speak for the millions of kids who aren’t as fortunate…”

What does Billboard have to say for themselves?

The magazine published a “Chart Beat” post explaining “How Billboard Came to Its Calculations in This Week’s Race For the Hot 100 No. 1,” saying it was all fair and square. The out that any streaming numbers Tekashi had access to will naturally be different than the “post-audit number” provided to Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data that excludes “streams that do not meet long-standing charting parameters, such as U.S.-based-only plays, minimum play length, excessive plays and lack of user verification.”

As far as the notorious six credit cards, Billboard claims they audit all “excessive bulk purchases” and remove those units. They chalk “Stuck With U”s late sales spike up to the fact that signed copies of the single went up for sale on Grande and Biebers’ websites in the final day of the chart period.

They also refused Tekashi’s claims that Billboard said they “couldn’t disclose” information about the chart calculation when asked: “Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data were open and forthright with all information pertaining to “Gooba” with 6ix9ine’s team.”

So… is Tekashi backing down?

Of course not. “Don’t worry we going #1 next time,” the rapper wrote on Insta, captioning a photo of himself holding six credit cards.

IM BACK AND THEY MAD on Instagram: “Don’t worry we going #1 next time 💳 @billboard”

Chart disputes have commonplace in the last few years. In his initial post, Tekashi even referenced Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z’s respective Billboard beefs. Nicki said the charts were rigged against her when Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD beat out Queen for No. 1 the week of its release. Jay-Z alludes to “inflating numbers” on the Billboard Hot 100 during his verse on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free.”

“Now I understand why Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj says ‘Billboard like, we use to look up to them,'” Tekashi said in his first video. “But now we know it’s all manipulated, it’s all fabricated.”

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Summer Walker Criticized For ‘Racist’ Coronavirus Post

Summer Walker is under fire for perpetuating “racist” and “xenophobic” narratives in her recent post about the coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Walker shared a video titled of people in China — where the outbreak originated — “spreading the coronavirus to the public” to her Instagram. She also wrote in the caption, “That’s some trifling nasty ass shit.”

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However, as several commenters pointed out, the footage used in the video is two years old. Not only that, but many accused her of using her large platform to disseminate misinformation and anti-Asian xenophobia.

“I’m really disappointed,” as one person wrote. “Spreading this kind of propaganda about the coronavirus/generalizing an entire ass group of people without any context perpetuates a cycle of unnecessary hate and ignorance.”

i’ve been the biggest fan of summer walker for the longest time, but i’m really disappointed. spreading this kind of propaganda about the coronavirus/generalizing an entire ass group of people without any context perpetuates a cycle of unnecessary hate and ignorance.

— jasmine 🙂 (@smoothjaszz) March 4, 2020

summer walker, whose hygiene got dragged recently for taking “cat baths”, should be the last person to flap her mouth spewing xenophobia over the coronavirus

— no (@miskeencore) March 4, 2020

summer walker is just…………. yall keep giving her pass after pass in the name of social anxiety when it’s really her unrelated shitty takes that are concerning af. the girl has no tact or decorum and gives no fucks.

— ASH LEON 🕊 (@TheAshLeon) March 4, 2020

Meanwhile, others argued that Walker had no problem using Asian aesthetics and anime culture in her work before “[turning] around and is racist to Asian people” to spread “fake ass news to fit her racist narrative.”

I find it real funny how summer walker loves the whole anime girl aesthetic but turns around and is racist to asian people and spreads fake ass news to fit her racist narrative she’s a racist 🤡

— RuRu✨👑 (@itruby235) March 4, 2020

I have no choice but to unstan Summer Walker. How can you use Asian aesthetics in your work but be a xenophobic little bitch to Asians and spread fake news on your large ass platform?

— Ai (@aaaaira) March 4, 2020

Unfortunately, Walker doubled down on her post by responding to fans with comments like, “all I saw was some nasty shit period, idgaf if my mama did that shit, it’s fucking nasty.”

why is she such an ass

— Prudence “Wish a” Niggawood (@gIossiergirl) March 4, 2020

Summer Walker claims to be such a strong empath that hugging her fans is emotionally draining because she can feel their inner turmoil but somehow can’t understand how her clearly xenophobic posts about coronavirus can be hurtful to an entire racial group?? Yeah okay.

— coco (@lannadelnegro) March 4, 2020

And though Walker deleted the video following the backlash, she also decided to follow-up with a series of Instagram stories defending herself.

“Lol people so dumb, talking about I’m racist and that video was from a long time ago,” she wrote. “It don’t matter if it was from 20 years ago, bottom line that shit nasty & IDGAF if a black white yellow or green person did that shit, it’s still nasty.” She also wrote, “& why I ain’t here about none of this ‘xenophobic shit’ when mf’s had ebola? LOL.”

Walker has since deleted her entire account. See screenshots of her response, below.

funny how summer walker’s social anxiety been REAL quiet ever since the racist and xenophobic side of her jumped out. i’m just tryna get some good r&b music from her but her dumbass still ain’t tired from running her mouth 😭😭😭 cancelled.

— stream changes ₁₂₃₄⑤ (@etajbieber) March 4, 2020

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