Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s new duet for COVID-19 relief, “Stuck With U,” has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It marks both Ariana and Justin’s third No. 1 debut on the chart. They join Mariah Carey and Drake as the only artists with that many No. 1 debuts. Ariana has three chart leaders overall now, while Justin has six.
All net proceeds from the streams and sales of “Stuck with U” and its videos will be donated to First Responders Children’s Foundation to fund grants and scholarships for children of healthcare workers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, police officers, firefighters and other front line workers.
Meanwhile, rapper 6ix9ine shared a video accusing Billboard of cheating after his song “Gooba” debuted at No. 3. He accuses Ariana and Justin’s team of buying plays and downloads for “Stuck With U.”
“Last Thursday, Ariana’s ‘Stuck with U’ submitted 60,000 units last second,” he claimed, saying that his team had done an “investigation” into the matter. “They purchased half of those things with six credit cards. When we asked where were those six credit cards linked to, Billboard said, ‘We can’t disclose that information’.”
Tekashi went on to also allege that Billboard “illegally disqualified 20 million streams” of his post-prison track so that “the people who bought the No. 1 – which was ‘Stuck with U’ – can go to No. 1.”
Grande responded to the allegations on her own Instagram, writing: “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.”
Thanking her fans for their continual support, she continued, “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).”
While she didn’t specifically name Tekashi, Grande noted “only the women for some reason” were singled out in the accusation and asked her accuser “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,” she added. “congratulations to all my talented ass peers in the top ten this week. even number 3.”
Tekashi later defended himself in another Instagram post, writing, “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 as you.”
Alongside a video of himself comparing his upbringing with Grande’s childhood acting career on Nickelodeon shows, he captioned, “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 💯.”
However, Bieber, 26, broke down why Tekashi may have lost out on the top spot when he denied the cheating accusations on his Instagram Story, explaining that the number the rapper was referring to was his global streams and “this is a domestic chart so only domestic streams count.” The singer also argued that the 60,000 units Tekashi claimed had been submitted last minute “came because we don’t disclose our numbers until end of week. That’s called strategy.”
“He said 30k was bought with 6 credit cards but that is a lie. The rules are clear one credit card can buy max 4 copies. Anything over that the entire amount is thrown out,” he continued. “Nielsen company checks this and found all our sales were legit because our fans are amazing and bought them. Don’t discredit our fan base with false info.”
Bieber added that he’s “honored” to have worked with Grande, writing, “If you gonna say her name make sure you say mine because it’s our song.”