Kris Wu Allegedly Manipulates iTunes Chart; Apple Removes 'Antares,' Songs From iTunes
Kris Wu made noise on the Twitter universe when he beat Ariana Grande on the US iTunes charts. The 28-year-old Chinese-Canadian star's new album, "Antares," took the chart's top spot while seven of his songs made it to the single sales chart. His success resulted to the rumors that he allegedly manipulated the chart, so Apple removed all of his music from iTunes.
According to Global Times, a lot of Twitters users were asking who Kris Wu was. At the time, four of his songs from "Antares" took the US iTunes chart's four places while Ariana Grande's latest track, "Thank u, next," seated on the fifth spot.
A total of seven Kris Wu's tracks entered the US iTunes' Top 10. His single, "November Rain," even sold 14 million times in just 24 hours after its release. It even managed to surpass Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's hit song "Shallow."
Hence, Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun started to question the authenticity of Kris Wu's domination on the US iTunes chart. In a tweet, he accused the former EXO member of using bots to boost his album and songs' sales.
"It's unfortunate, but you can't stop Ari," Scooter Braun said in a now-deleted post. However, he later cleared that he didn't tweet anything about Kris Wu's alleged bots' usage and added it was fake. Some of his tweets even got removed from his account.
As expected, Kris Wu's fans came to his defense by saying that all of them support "Antares" to give the greatest gift for his birthday. "It is really funny to be misunderstood as a robot," a fan said.
Another fan added that "Antares" sales result is "very authentic." It is possible that some of his supporters purchased Kris Wu's new album several times to show their support. "They can afford it," the fan said.
However, because of the controversy, Koreaboo reported that Apple decided to remove "Antares" on the iTunes Store Charts. Ariana Grande's "Thank u, next" now took the album and single sales lists' number one spots while Kris Wu's songs got deleted from the Top 200 tracks.
In fact, "Antares" and all of its songs were no longer part of the iTunes Store Charts. There were rumors that Scooter Braun had something to do with the removal of Kris Wu's music from iTunes. The reports even got strong when Ariana Grande liked a tweet that said her manager was involved in the deletion.
This alleged move made Kris Wu's fans angry. They believed that their favorite hip-hop artist had nothing to do with the alleged chart manipulation. They also added that Apple underestimated the number of fans the actor-singer has.