Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have defended themselves after rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine accused Billboard of dishonest chart calculations.
Billboard, which publishes the US charts, posted a lengthy article refuting each of his points while explaining how positions were calculated.
"Overall, Stuck With U drew 28.1 million US streams, 26.3 million in radio airplay audience and 108,000 sold in the tracking week," it explained.
"Gooba had 55.3 million US streams, 172,000 in radio airplay audience and 24,000 sold.
"Those sums resulted in the songs' respective rankings on this week's Hot 100."
Gooba is Tekashi 6ix9ine's first single since he was released from prison into house arrest last month.
He was serving time after pleading guilty to multiple counts of racketeering, firearms offences and drug trafficking, and was freed over fears that his chronic asthma would make him vulnerable to the coronavirus.
'Six credit cards'
The 23-year-old first expressed his dissatisfaction on Friday in an Instagram video where he claimed the charts were being rigged.
He presented forecasts that were purportedly sent to major record labels on Thursday, which showed Grande and Bieber's duet charting at number five.
6ix9ine then showed a second email, which he claimed was sent at "the last second" on Thursday night (the cut-off point for sales to be included in the chart). It showed that Stuck With U had sold an additional 60,000 copies, boosting it to number one.
"Literally, you're manipulating the charts now," he said. "So, Billboard, the world is watching."
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