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Cardi B Responds To Payola Claims After ‘Up’ Hits No. 1

Cardi B Responds To Payola Claims After ‘Up’ Hits No. 1

Cardi B Responds To Payola Claims After ‘Up’ Hits No. 1

Cardi B claps back at her critics; and we all know she’s not the one to hold her tongue.

After earning her fifth No. 1 single as “Up” topped the Billboard Hot 100, Cardi B is now the first female rapper with two Hot 100 No. 1s with no featuring artists.

While many people congratulated the female rapper, others were not happy about her success. Some critics tried to discredit her by claiming she and her label used payola; the illegal practice of bribing a radio station to boost airplay.

She explains that radio airplay was not the driving force behind “Up’s” success. Additionally, she shows a chart breaking down the song’s numbers by streaming, sales, and airplay.

“It’s sad that when I win people gotta scramble with lies for my success. Like they ain’t saw everybody, people coming out Amazon trucks and ambulances dancing my shit,” said Cardi. “Look at the second slide look at my AirPlay (radio) compare to other artist radio spins. WHEN YOU START WINNING THE STORIES START SPINNING!!!”

She plans to address her haters on her upcoming sophomore album. “Imma adress all the hate on my album tho wait on it !!!” she said.

“Up” becomes Cardi’s fifth Hot 100 No. 1 following “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” “I Like It” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, “Girls Like You” with Maroon 5, and “WAP” with Megan Thee Stallion.

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