Just a week after the collaboration became only the 40th song to launch at the top spot in the US music chart, “Trollz” dropped 33 places to 34th position, with Chart Data reporting that this marked the biggest fall for a number one debut in the chart’s history.
Many fans suggested that the trajectory of “Trollz”, which was a viral hit thanks to Minaj’s social media following, could be the new normal for tracks which received very little radio play, having sold the equivalent of 116,000 units, 36 million of which were streams, with only 1.2 million coming from radio.
“This is what a #1 without radio or playlisting looks like in 2020,” one fan wrote. “If you remove the industry control factors, it’s turbulent. An achievement for one week and painful soon after. We probably will see more of these pop-up hits that vanish soon after in the coming months.”
Another tweeted: “A song with no radio. No playlist. Spotify paid it dust. Apple Music etc. Industry hated on it. Independent artist and label. Hated... It already got to the top spot so it can only fall. Congrats barbz. We make and break records.”
In May, 6ix9ine, who also performs as Tekashi 6ix9ine, accused fellow singers Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande of purchasing thousands of copies of their single “Stuck With U” in order to beat his song “Gooba” to the top of the charts. They denied these claims.
“Understand this, they bought 30,000 or so units on six credit cards,” the rapper said on Instagram. “Six credit cards. Now again, you’re gonna enjoy your No.1. Now explain how you buy 30,000 with six credit cards.”