Artist of the Week: Tekashi 6ix9ine

The controversial rapper breaks multiple records with his comeback single ‘Gooba’ and almost sends his rival Ariana Grande to therapy and early retirement due to his overwhelming numbers.

AceShowbiz -Almost everything about Tekashi 6ix9ine seems to fascinate people these days. From his rainbow hair, family drama, celebrity feud, criminal record, to musical craft, they often become a topic of discussions on the internet. When he was released from prison early, people were flocking to him.

The controversial rapper caused a storm online with his first post-jail Instagram Live video. He defended himself for testifying against his former gang and racked up two million views, breaking the record previously held by Tory Lanez and Drake‘s Quarantine Radio which had 310,000 viewers.

The 24-year-old lyricist, real name Daniel Hernandez, soon followed it up with a comeback song called “Gooba”. With catchy beat and lyrics as well as a vibrant music video full of twerking girls and a cute puppy, it’s no brainer that the clip quickly accumulated millions of views on YouTube.

He garnered over 43 million views in 24 hours, breaking the previous record held by Eminem to become the biggest debut for a hip-hop video in YouTube history. Back in 2018, the Slim Shady amassed 38.1 million views in the first day of release for his Machine Gun Kelly diss song.

On top of that, “Gooba” became the fastest video to reach 100 million views online, surpassing Taylor Swift‘s “ME!” and Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next”.

The song also dominated the charts. It launched at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 55.3 million streams in the U.S. alone and started at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales with 24,000 sold. Meanwhile, it debuted at No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 6.

Although he didn’t get No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart, he gave his rival Ariana quite a scare. In an Instagram Story and now-deleted tweet before the rankings were revealed, the “Dangerous Woman” singer called the release week “terrifying” and said she needed therapy due to the anxiety. She even pleaded with fans to buy her song and hinted at early retirement if the top spot was not hers.

Ariana Grande reveals anxiety during race to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

It was indeed a neck-and-neck race to No. 1. The competition included Doja Cat‘s “Say So” remix featuring Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion‘s “Savage” remix featuring Beyonce Knowles, The Weeknd‘s former champion “Blinding Lights”, and Drake‘s “Toosie Slide”.

Although Tekashi69 was disappointed when he didn’t score No. 1 on Hot 100, he quickly moved on. He’s now gearing up for his next music offering and vows to break the internet again. Details of his upcoming single are still scarce but rumors suggest it’s a collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

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