Cardi B fans are up in arms after learning that her smash hit ‘Bodak Yellow’ was knocked from #1 by a song which may have “cheated” its way to the position.
‘Bodak’ was on its way to spending its fourth way at #1 when it booted from the position by Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar.’
Why thousands of Cardi fans are enraged?
Swelling claims that Cardi would still be #1 if not for an alleged scam employed by Mr. Malone.
Part of that song’s chart success comes from a YouTube video uploaded in September by Post’s label, Republic Records, that features the chorus on a loop for 3:38, which is the same amount of time as the full song. This video doesn’t feature any of the song’s verses or 21 Savage’s guest verse either. In the video’s bio, there’s a link that sends viewers to the streaming service of their choice to listen to the full song. The looped clip currently has over 41 million views and is roughly averaging more than a million views per day. According to a person familiar with the situation, a view of the video counts for the charts in the same way that a view on a remix of an instrumental track would.
Reps for Malone’s label are yet to respond to the allegation as industry insiders fear stories like these will become commonplace once YouTube streams count towards Billboard 200 chart positions.