Selena Gomez dropped her third solo studio album, Rare, last week, and the singer decided to show how much the project means to her with some new ink.
Selena took to Instagram to share her latest addition, a neck tattoo of the word, "Rare," written in cursive. She included a photo of her freshly inked neck and a vintage-filtered video of her first reactions' to the artwork, and revealed in the caption that she "did it again." Selena visited Bang Bang Tattoo Parlour in New York City to get this work done. Bang Bang shared a photo of the ink on their Instagram account as well with the simple caption, "“Rare” @selenagomez."
With the release of Rare, Selena joined the ranks of famous pop stars desperately begging for streams in order to beat hip hop newcomer, Roddy Ricch. Okay, she and ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber may be the only artists to engage in these very specific chart-hungry antics so far, but Roddy has still somehow managed to put two of pop music's most successful artists (and, coincidentally, two exes) at risk of not debuting at #1 within the span of two weeks. While Justin was attempting to dethrone Roddy's breakout single "The Box" with his own comeback track, "Yummy," Selena resorted to begging her fans for streams in order for her whole album to debut at #1 on the charts, upon finding out that Rare and Roddy's album, Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, were neck-and-neck.
Selena also revealed that she was heading to Walmart, Target, and Best Buy to buy as many physical copies of Rare as possible and of course encouraged her fans to follow suit. She even questions if she's "kind of desperate for doing this" in the clip.
Roddy, of course, caught wind of this, and, just as he did for "Yummy," jokingly told fans to "stream rare by selena gomez." It looks like the power of Roddy Ricch cannot be underestimated.
Lil Pump Shows Support For Justin Bieber’s Desparate Ploy To Get "Yummy" To #1
Is Pump lowkey on Bieber's payroll?
Lil Pump has proven which side he's on in the latest development of the "Yummy" vs. "The Box" wars. Last week, it was reported that Roddy Ricch's massive hit, "The Box," had gone #1 on the Spotify charts, beating out Justin Bieber's first drop during his comeback as a solo artist. The accomplishment was pretty impressive considering Roddy's relatively new status in the music scene, a factor that no doubt meant Bieber was not expecting "Yummy" to have any competition in topping the charts. His song's shortcomings lead Bieber to resort to begging his fans to buy "Yummy" multiple times on his website and play the song on Spotify at a low volume while they sleep. Justin got dragged relentlessly on the Internet for his obvious chart-hungry antics, and Roddy himself even joined in on the fun with a petty tweet, though his message is technically what Justin has been pleading others to do.
"Stream yummy by justin bieber," Roddy wrote, after which his fans flooded his replies with their disapproval. Now, Lil Pump has involved himself in the tense competition of sorts. Pump posted a clip from the "Yummy" music video on his Instagram with the caption, "MY BIG BRO JUST DROPPED GO GET THIS TO 1 BIL ! @justinbieber 💪🏼🐐." Though he technically asked his followers to get "Yummy" to 1 billion views on Youtube rather than to #1 on the charts, it still completely aligns with Bieber's attempts to "make 'Yummy' happen," and makes us wonder if Justin might have slid Pump a cheque for his efforts.
DJ Akademiks hopped in the comments of Pump's post to remind us that "Yummy" is never going to happen, showing his support for the song's chart rival. "The 📦," Akademiks wrote, a simple yet effective reminder of which artist he and many others are routing for instead.
Roddy Ricch Trolls Justin Bieber’s Attempts To Go #1 By Telling Fans "Stream ‘Yummy’"
We love a petty king.
It was reported this week that Roddy Ricch's hit song, "The Box" surpassed Justin Bieber's "Yummy," on the Spotify charts and claimed the number 1 spot, an impressive feat for the hip hop newcomer. Considering Bieber's longstanding career as a popstar, not to mention his avid fanbase of Beliebers, likely nobody could have predicted that the Compton rapper would be wind up preventing Bieber's solo comeback to fall short. While Roddy has plenty of reason to celebrate, the news seems to have left Bieber shook, as he probably never expected to have any competition in climbing the charts when he embarked on his return as a solo artist. Lately, Bieber and his team have been practically forcing "Yummy" down everyone's throats, encouraging Beliebers to do the absolute most to get "Yummy" to debut at #1 like buying the song multiple times on his website or playing the song on Spotify at a low volume while they sleep. Bieber was roasted all over the Internet for his desperate antics, and it looks like Roddy has joined in on the fun.
On Saturday afternoon, Roddy took to Twitter to encourage his fans to do the one thing they've definitely avoided doing: "stream yummy by justin bieber 💪🏽." The tweet is obviously a dig at Bieber for his pathetic attempts to inch out "The Box" from the number 1 spot, and the pettiness it exudes is just too good. His fans had some hilarious responses, one even asking, "how much did justin bieber pay you??" We wouldn't be surprised if he resorted to that at this point. Stream "The Box."
Justin Bieber Begs Fans To Cheat The System with Instructions On How To Boost “Yummy” To Hit #1
Justin Bieber dropped his newest song “Yummy” last week and the response has been mediocre to say the least, matching the mediocre song. Of course when your most intellectual lyrics are “Bona fide stallion / Ain’t in no stable, no, you stay on the run / Ain’t on the side, you’re number one,” you can’t expect much more.
But, Bieber does expect more, and he wants his fans to help. In a now-deleted Instagram post, he instructs his followers on “how to get Yummy to #1.” He tells Spotify users to create a playlist with the song and play it on repeat, as well as playing it at a low volume while they sleep. He even tells fans who aren’t in the US to download a VPN so that their streams will count.
He asks fans to spend their money and buy the song multiple times on his website, and gives specific instructions for boosting plays on YouTube.
The likelihood that any of these actions would significantly affect his chart position on Billboard is small. Not to mention such an egregiously obvious call to game the system would alert Nielsen, which calculates the numbers for Billboard charts, which has mechanisms in place to prevent this kind of abuse.
Since the tweet is now deleted, he or his team clearly thought better of posting something so ridiculous. Thankfully, the internet never forgets. See screenshots of the post below.
I thought it was a justin bieber fan page but… pic.twitter.com/ZlmjPyQt8W
— 贺若华 (@katys_rhythm) January 10, 2020