Kris Wu's Chinese Fans Allegedly Use Bots To Manipulate US iTunes Charts

Kris Wu's Chinese Fans Allegedly Use Bots To Manipulate US iTunes Charts

Kris Wu's Chinese Fans Allegedly Use Bots To Manipulate US iTunes Charts

In fact, so complete was Kris Wu's domination that the only non-Wu entry in the Top 5 was Ariana Grande's much-hyped return "Thank U, Next". He's a judge on a reality TV show called The Rap of China, Louis Vuitton reached out to him to be its latest ambassador, and in 2017 he became the first Chinese artist to reach number one on the US iTunes chart for his song Deserve, featuring Travis Scott.

Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" has been on Spotify and Apple Music's top spot since its release over the weekend. Hence, there are doubts that Kris Wu used Chinese bots to dominate the U.S. iTunes chart.

"Once the release in China took place the fans had their access".

According to ONTD, it is quite unusual that after Kris Wu took over the U.S. iTunes album and single sales charts, none of his songs from "Antares" made it on other streaming charts.

These claims came after screenshots of a tweet (seen below), which appeared to have been posted by Grande's manager Scooter Braun, began to circulate on the Internet last Sunday. In a now-deleted Tweet, Braun reportedly wondered whether Wu had gamed the system by using bots to make the purchases for him. He is also the first male Chinese to achieve the recognition.

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Wu's studio also released a statement complaining of false information continually emerging online since the release of the album.

Kris Wu's fans, of course, defended their favorite artist.

Nielsen, as Billboard's data provider, added in a statement: "Billboard and Nielsen Music are working closely to ensure both the accuracy and legitimacy of the sales volumes being reported for Kris Wu this week".

The album also dropped down to No. 90 on the charts once the album was made available in China.

"As we do with all reports when irregularities are noticed during the normal weekly validation process, we work closely with our partners to address the issue, which may result in excluding any irregular or excessive sales patterns, prior to charts being finalized". "It was explained to him and myself last night that because his release was held back in China for his birthday his fans went and got the music any way they could and that was via USA iTunes". Allegedly, the "Never Gone" star's fans blocked the late Mac Miller's girlfriend to climb the chart's number one spot.

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