The pop stars Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber defend themselves against allegations that they cheated their song to number one on the US charts.
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A fellow musician accuses Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber of cheating. Now the two megastars are contradicting the allegations that they bought their song “Stuck with U” themselves with several credit cards at the top of the chart.
“Everyone who knows me or has followed me for a while knows that numbers are not the driving force behind everything I do,” wrote Grande in a lengthy statement on Instagram.
Rapper accuses the two singers
The US rapper 6ix9ine had previously accused the two of them in an Instagram video of having made around 60,000 sales of their new CD even with six credit cards. This is the only way the song, the proceeds of which are to be donated to coronavirus aid workers, made it to number one, the musician claimed.
He accused the “Billboard” magazine, which publishes the US charts, of fraud. Because of the jump of “Stuck with U”, his own new song “Gooba” had slipped to third place.
Both Bieber (in his Instagram story) and Grande (in their post) emphasize that no more than four phonograms of the same type could be purchased per credit card purchase. Grande writes: “My fans bought the song. Justin’s fans bought the song. Our fans bought it (and never more than four pieces, as the rules say).”
In a new posting, the rapper 6ix9ine holds up six credit cards and writes ironically: “Don’t worry. Next time we’ll go to number one.”