It’s often said that doing good deeds gets noticed and rewarded. And that’s something Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande recently found out with their latest collaboration Stuck WIth U.
Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande Create a Chart-Topping Single for Charity
Philanthropic Intentions Leads to Massive Hit
The hit single was co-written by the two 26-year-old artists with philanthropic intentions. The net proceeds are slated to go to the First Responders Children’s Foundation – which provides support for first responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://t.co/UAUqHIZAde proud of this
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) May 13, 2020
After debuting on May 8th, Stuck With U has reached number one on the charts in Canada and New Zealand and currently it’s stuck on the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video for the chart-topping single features Bieber, his wife, and Grande along with their fans and high profile celebrities as they live their best lives while practicing social distancing amidst the current Coronavirus outbreak.
The basic and simple theme of the song speaks to being “stuck” with close ones during this time of social distancing. It reinforces the message from first responders – which includes paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and others – to stay safe by staying at home and away from crowds as much as possible.
Controversy and Accusations
While the single has been well received by their fans and peers, there is one notable artist who isn’t too thrilled with the fact that the song currently holds the top spot on the Billboard charts. Rapper Daniel Hernandez – known by professionally as Tekashi 6ix9ine – has made the accusation that the song is number one because Grande and Bieber’s management group bought 30,000 units of the single using six credit cards to placed the single in the top spot on the charts.
Besides the fact that Billboard has denied the validity of Hernadez’s claim, Bieber and Grande have both also taken to social media to strongly deny the accusation. In fact, Grande recently tweeted out a lengthy and in-depth rebuttal to the accusation. In her post, the 26-year-old American thanked her fans and Bieber’s fans and spoke candidly about how grateful she was to be in the position to share her music and talents with the world. She insisted the units sold were purchased by the fans – period.
Grande also took time to congratulate Hernandez on debuting in the third spot on the Billboard Charts; and thanked anyone who has helped to raise funds to support the charitable cause.
The Bigger Picture
Regardless of any controversy regarding sales, the bigger picture is that the tremendous success of Stuck With U means a lot of money will be raised in support of the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
The organization was eager to express their gratitude to Grande and Bieber for their philanthropic efforts.
#StuckWithU #1 ? THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this song. And THANK YOU @ArianaGrande @justinbieber @SB_Projects @scooterbraun this song will truly impact so many first responders on the frontlines of COVID-19 and their families to keep them #FirstRespondersStrong https://t.co/lBQra0bcAn
— First Responders Children's Foundation (@1strcf) May 18, 2020
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