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Will 6ix9ine's Album, Tattletales, Flop Due To Billboard Sabotage?

Tekashi 6ix9ine and Billboard

Billboard, say it ain't so!



On Sept. 5th, to the shock and dismay of many, it was widely reported that Tekashi 6ix9ine was headed for a whopping 150K first-week sales of his second album, Tattletales, which would put him at #1 on Billboard's Hot 200 Chart over Big Sean's "Detroit 2" project. People started wondering, "Did he really have that many pre-order sales?" and Was his "Look Y'all I'm Outside" marketing plan really working?

Don't start celebrating yet, 6ix9ine. On Monday, Hits Daily Double updated the first-week sales predictions, and 6ix9ine mysterious lost over 100K in sales. The new sales predictions had him selling between 40K-50K, representing an estimated 67% drop on the high end. To add insult to injury, yesterday, 6ix9ine's sales predictions dropped further. He is now predicted to sell 45K at the highest.



While Hits Daily Double gave no explanation as to why there was such a humongous error in the original sales predictions, Tekashi 6ix9ine's advisor/bestie DJ Akademiks shared why he thought 6ix9ine's sales kept plummeting. AK alleges that Billboard applied a recent rule change to bundles early to Tekashi 6ix9ine's album sales, even though, according to Billboard, the rule change was not to go into effect until Oct. 8th.

Could Akademiks be lying and just trying to come up with excuses for his friend's lower than expected first-week sales...of course! But, this is Billboard we are talking about. They have shown a willingness to play a pivotal role in artists' blackballing by haphazardly changing their chart rules when they and other gatekeepers don't like the results. So, it is not farfetched to believe they would apply a rule to 6ix9ine in order to prevent him from topping their Hot 200 charts. If this turns out to be true, my question would be, was the rule applied across the board?

My suspicion about Billboard and these rule changes, probably written in crayon, is that they don't apply

Cartoon DJ Akademiks

these rules to every artist. I suspect that they make up these rules, so they can be applied to artists on the OBJ A.K.A. Industry Sh*t List. This is a mechanism in place to prevent specific artists from topping the charts. However, artists favored by the music industry can bend the rules while Billboard plays Ray Charles. There is no checks and balance in place to make sure that Billboard is fair and honest. Billboard knows they are a monopoly, and that is why they are so arrogant.

No matter how you may feel about Tekashi 6ix9ine, if these allegations turn out to be correct, artists and fans must stand up against Billboard. Billboard cannot continue to go against the people's will because they feel like they do not have to answer to fans or artists.


Rolling Stone Charts


Billboard needs to be humbled, and the quickest way to do that is for artists and fans to stop acting like it's the only chart on the block. Rolling Stone, a publication that actually promotes more than one artist, started their own music charts last year. I make sure to highlight both RS and Billboard's charts each week on this page. I do not view Billboard more important than Rolling Stone, and definitely not more credible.

Billboard gets their power from artists and fans waiting on pins and needles to see who they placed at #1.

Megan Thee Stallion with Coach Purse

If artists started posting their Rolling Stone Top 40 hits the same way they do their Billboard rankings, the power shifts back to the artists because now Billboard's monopoly is starting to crumble. You don't want Billboard or Rolling Stone to feel they have so much power that they can flippantly play with an artist's career because they think artists have no other option.

For example, yesterday, BTS got No. 1 on Billboard, while Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion got No. 1 on Rolling Stone. As far as I am concern, both have the #1 song in the country. However, Cardi B, who loves her stats, and Megan Thee Stallion paid their Rolling Stone No. 1 dust, which is in stark contrast to how they acted when WAP hit the top spot on Billboard. Megan, who is tied for most No. 1 by a female artist on RS Charts and made history with Nicki Minaj by being the first female collab to reach the top spot with Hot Girl Summer, should be celebrating this chart all over her social media. Don't wait for another artist to do it. Blaze that trail, Megan!

Fans can also play a role by celebrating their faves chart position on the RS Charts. I really hope that other music publications start their own charts so that there is true competition. The music chart that shows it's consistent with their methods and transparent will win over the people. I know the thought of that has Billboard shaking.



According to Hits Daily Double, it looks like 6ix9ine will debut around #7 on the album charts. If 6ix9ine

does respond to the allegations made by Akademiks, I pray he realizes this Billboard issue is bigger than himself. This is about chart manipulation and participating in the blackballing of artists. 6ix9ine has to acknowledge that he is not the only artist affected by the games that Billboard plays. When he goes on his "i-I-I-rants," I and others tune out. He has to put his narcissism aside and make it about the issues. People are more likely to rally around the issues of not wanting to see their fave cheated out of a chart position or being blackballed than rally around him whining about not being credited with a No. 1 album over Big Sean. He needs to use more words like "we" and "us." This is what DJ Akademiks should be telling 6ix9ine, instead of the BS he did last time saying he bought his Trollz #1.


We do not know if the allegation made against Billboard is true. Akademiks may have gotten the wrong information. However, that does not change what I have said about Billboard. I wrote this to stand on its own without the latest allegations needing to be true.


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Fck Yaya
Fck Yaya
Sep 12, 2020

We really need to check Billboard's ass, but 6ix9ine is just not the guy to rally behind. The problem is if we allow Billboard to do it to one, nothing stops them from doing it others. Hell, they already have been manipulating their charts.


Sep 09, 2020

I agree with what you said Yaya. I don’t care how much I don’t care for an artist, a blackball for one could be a blackball for all. Shits not cool. If this is the music and propaganda the kids are into these days, let the record reflect that! This bs is why we don’t have a real account of the past of this world in general. Too many people want to manipulate things.


As much as I don’t care for 6ixnine, I have seen this pattern too many times with billboard for me to not at least believe akademiks to a slight. This is dejavu all over again with Nicki and Travis and 6ixnine and the dummy boy situation. Billboard continues to manipulate charts to favor certain artists, I was shocked when wap beat the the industry’s golden boy drake for a number one record but then again the industry has painted cardi as this instant record breaker even though she has not had a number 1 single since bodak yellow and that was an industry push so 🤷🏽‍♀️. Am tired of the fake outrage with the bundles because one minute it counts…


Sep 09, 2020

I wish these artists would understand that Billboard isn't the end all be all. All they do is play Uno shuffle with the rules when people that aren't liked release a project.

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