"Gooba" Goes Gold


Tekashi 6ix9ine has secured himself another shiny golden plaque.

It wasn't able to hit number 1 on the charts, but "GOOBA" remained a juggernaut in its own right earning 227 million views on YouTube, 6ix9ine's first single since his prison release has already sold over 500,000 album-equivalent units.

Billboard addressed Tekashi 6ix9ine’s cheating allegations in a detailed article after his comeback single “GOOBA” landed in the Billboard Hot 100’s No. 3 spot.

The publication defended calculations that put Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber’s “Stuck With U” at the top of the chart.

6ix9ine started making noise after predictions indicated he wouldn’t land at No. 1. Billboard pointed out they had nothing to do with those charts.

“The chart forecast referenced was not created nor provided by Billboard to the industry,” Billboard says. “Those with access to sales, streaming and radio data from various sources often create their own chart models and update them at their own frequency. Billboard does not distribute any Hot 100 ranking forecast to labels, management or artists.”

Billboard also noted 6ix9ine was not counting the streams correctly. The number listed on the “GOOBA” YouTube video shows global plays, and they only count United States-based plays. The total stream count for the single amounted to 55.3 million combined audio and video U.S. streams not the 180 million global streams 6ix9ine referenced.

6ix9ine claimed Grande’s team bought 60,000 streams at the last minute with just six credit cards. Billboard denied that.

“Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data conducts audits on all sales reported with access to purchase-level detail, and works with data partners to recognize excessive bulk purchases and remove those units from the final sales total,” they said. “All titles this week, as in every week, were put under the same scrutiny. (Billboard has reached out to Fame House/Bravado, retailer and reporter of director-to-consumer sales, for further comment about the sales data provided for ‘Stuck With U.’) Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data were open and forthright with all information pertaining to ‘GOOBA’ with 6ix9ine’s team. That includes explaining the Hot 100 methodology and how the final ranking and chart points for “GOOBA” were calculated. Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data cannot, however, provide granular detail on a title to anyone but its content owner.”

6ix9ine is still trolling Billboard on Instagram. He shared a photo of himself holding six credit cards and wrote in the caption, “Don’t worry we are going #1 next time @Billboard.”

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