Grande and Bieber additionally launched their collaboration, “Stuck with U,” on the identical day, pitting the 2 songs in opposition to one another for that week’s Billboard No. 1 slot.
As Grande captured on her Instagram, “Caught with U” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts whereas “Gooba” hit No. 3. In the meantime, Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix with Nicki Minaj took the No. 2 slot.
On Friday, a video was shared online of Hernandez, 24, claiming that the numbers had been faked as a result of his music was streamed greater than any others by “a landslide.”
He referenced a forecast that main document labels obtain earlier than the publication of the Billboard charts. The message put “Say So” at No. 1, “Gooba” at No. 2 and “Caught with U” at No. 5.
Hernandez alleged that on the “final second,” Grande, 26, submitted 60,000 models “out of nowhere,” which he known as “utterly unlawful.” He additionally insinuated that she and Bieber, 26, bought their No. 1 spot.
Per E! News, Hernandez additionally introduced that his crew had launched an “investigation,” allegedly discovering that “six bank cards” had been used to buy 30,000 models of “Caught with U,” and that Billboard declined to share details about who the six playing cards had been linked to.
On Monday, Grande took to Instagram to refute the claims in a prolonged submit, sharing a screenshot of the Billboard charts with “Caught with U” at No. 1.
Grande started by thanking her followers for his or her assist and explaining that having No. 1 songs is not a precedence for her earlier than diving into her protection.
“My followers purchased the music. JUSTIN’S followers purchased the music. OUR followers purchased this music (by no means greater than 4 copies every, AS THE RULES STATE). they’re journey or die motherf–kers and that i thank god each day that i’ve them in my life,” Grande wrote within the caption. “…gross sales depend for greater than streams. u cannot discredit this as laborious as u strive. to anyone that’s displeased with their placement on the chart this week or who’s spending their time racking their mind considering of as some ways as they will to discredit hardworking girls (and solely the ladies for some motive…..), i ask u to take a second to humble your self. be grateful you’re even right here. that individuals wish to hearken to u in any respect. it’s a blessed place to be in.”
The singer then supplied “congratulations” to her “gifted a– friends” that made the highest 10 for the week, “even quantity 3.”
Bieber shared the same message on his Instagram Story on Monday.
His message started by explaining that streams do depend towards chart positions, however that his excessive streaming numbers got here from a worldwide depend, whereas Billboard tracks home numbers.
“60,000 models got here as a result of we do not disclose our numbers till finish of week,” Bieber wrote. “That is known as technique.”
He then addressed Hernandez’s claims relating to the 30,000 models bought by six bank cards, calling them “a lie.”
“The foundations are clear one bank card should purchase max four copies. Something over that the complete quantity will get thrown out,” Bieber stated. “Neilsen firm checks this and located all our gross sales had been legit as a result of our followers are wonderful and purchased them. Do not discredit our fan base with false data.”
Bieber additionally identified that Hernandez appeared to focus on Grande in his accusations, leaving Bieber, who shares credit score for the music, out of the dialog.
“That is my music with Ariana Grande and I am honored to work along with her …” Bieber concluded. “In case you gonna say her title ensure you say mine as a result of it is our music.”
“Caught with U” served as a fundraiser, with “no less than $0.80 from every sale of the observe” being donated to First Responders Youngsters’s Basis, in accordance with iTunes.
Billboard didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.