The science behind Billboard's Hot 100 chart has always been a bit of mystery. Well now, the elusive secret to a No. 1 has been revealed thanks to a lot of conspiratorial theories by Tekashi 6ix9ine

Tekashi 6ix9ine released his first post-prison music "GOOBA" last week. It was a massive success, already racking up over 186 million views on YouTube alone. However, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's single "Stuck With U" took the No. 1 spot. Tekashi took to Instagram to lament about the ranking and gave plenty of examples as to why he should have received No. 1. In response, Billboard released an article stating, in great detail, how the ranking came about. 

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Tekashi Six9ine's "GOOBA" ended up charting at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, being beaten by "Stuck With U" and "Say So" by Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj. So, Tekashi launched an "investigation" into Billboard's ranking and talked about it on his Instagram. He was obviously peeved by what he saw as injustice.


In summation, he says he had more streams and that some were illegal discounted by Billboard. 6ix9ine also said the "investigation" found that 30,000 sales of "Stuck With U" were attributed to six credit cards. Billboard addressed the issue clearly and directly.

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. All titles this week, as in every week, were put under the same scrutiny. 

Bieber and Grande also both replied to this saying the six credit card theory is a lie as the rules clearly state that bulk purchases are closely monitored and no more than four purchases can happen on one account. 

Finally, Billboard release a hyper detailed statement breaking down each of 6ix9ine's theories and providing how they came to their No. 1. 

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In an effort towards transparency regarding the Hot 100's chart rules and tabulation process -- and the calculations that go into the determinations of its final rankings -- Billboard wanted to clear some things up regarding this week's chart, and the stats accumulated by the two singles that marked its highest debuts

Billboard's Hot 100 can be broken down at a basic level into three categories in order of importance. Streams, radio play and sales. All of these are heavily analyzed and they showed exactly how "Stuck With U" landed at No. 1. 

A similar issue occurred last month when 5 Seconds Of Summer's record  C A L M had an unfortunate mishap with 11,000 records being improperly counted and landing them at the No. 2 spot on Billboard's 200. 

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5SOS missed the top spot by just 5,000 records, prompting them to issue a statement and fans to start a petition to get those records counted. 

In a statement, the band confirm they were just 5000 copies short of number one. You can read their statement below.

“C A L M — the acclaimed new album from 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) — debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 with over 133,000 equivalent album units sold, just 5000 short of the number 1 spot. This was in spite of a clerical shipping error that saw 11,000 CD sales appear in the chart one week early. C A L M lands at #1 on the Top Album Sales chart selling over 113,000 in physical album sales. In addition, the bands fourth studio album took the #1 spot on the charts in Australia and in the UK, where C A L M is the third biggest week one of the year.” 

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For a comprehensive list of exactly how Billboard breaks down its chart (at least the Hot 100) read it in detail here

In response to 6ix9ine's controversial claims, the 1975's Matty Healy had a very direct reply. 

"You are literally a nonce," Healy wrote.


Do you think Tekashi 6ix9ine was robbed of the No. 1 spot? What do you think of Billboard revealing the details? Sound off in the comments below. 

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