6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj’s new single ‘TROLLZ’ may be off to a strong start on some metrics, but it has its work cut out for it if a repeat of ‘Gooba’ isn’t to occur.
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Having alleged foul play when his first track since his prison release failed to hit #1 (or #2) on the Hot 100, 6ix9ine vowed publicly to not let anything deny him the top spot this go round.
But it’s looking like it’ll be a battle to the finish if the polarizing pair are to premiere in pole position on the next iteration of the Hot 100.
With the track retailing at a generous $0.69 (with the incentive of profits going to a bail program) – it’s unsurprisingly excelling on the downloads front and has been lodged at #1 on US iTunes for over 32 hours.
The ‘TROLLZ’ video is also winning out of the gate, amassing a colossal 50 million views in a day.
So, some may be wondering…what’s the issue?
Well, it’s of note that the metrics where ‘TROLLZ’ is dominating don’t typically make up the lion-share of the chart equation.
Paid service streams – on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music – are weighed with a higher premium than free views on YouTube.
And despite ample hype, initial Spotify stats for ‘TROLLZ’ are surprisingly lukewarm:
15 TROLLZ (with Nicki Minaj) by 6ix9ine — 760,729
25 TROLLZ (with Nicki Minaj) by 6ix9ine — 2,058,603
Add to that its limp start on radio (which is still a big factor, often a difference maker, and a format 6ix9ine has struggled on), it’s clear things go could a few different ways.
Are you rooting for ‘TROLLZ’?