As we reported here, Tekashi 6ix9ine sent a warning to Billboard Wednesday (May 13) to let chart officials know his latest single, ‘GOOBA,’ should debut atop next week’s Hot 100 due to its commanding streaming lead against closest competitor ‘Stuck With U’ – the benefit single from Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.
While not pinpointing the Scooter Braun-managed duo, it was clear who he was alluding to when discussing the “cheating” methods some artists have resorted to for chart glory (including payola and single bundling).
Its likely his stance was reinforced after Amazon announced every purchase of the Bieber and Grande’s tune would see the retail giants donate $5 to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the children and families of first responders and COVID-19 frontline workers through college scholarships and special grants.
Taking to Twitter Wednesday (May 13), Amazon revealed:
Thursday (May 14) at 9pm PST is the cutoff time for the tune’s inaugural tracking week. The incentive to buy during this specific time window suggests the digital retailer is pulling out all the stops to aid Bieber and Grande in securing the #1 on next week’s Billboard Hot 100.
To clap back, 6ix9ine took to Instagram to offer an incentive of his own:
As of time reported, current projections do suggest ‘GOOBA’ will take next week’s chart crown. However, we won’t know for sure until the official announcement Monday (May 18).