Wu, a former member of the popular Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, has just released his new album “Antares” last Friday, managing to edge out both Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga off the U.S. top spots upon launch.
Over the weekend, songs from the album took up six spots in the top seven songs in the iTunes’ US chart, eclipsing Grande’s new single “Thank U, Next,” which debuted in the fourth spot a day later.
Grande’s track managed to move up to the second spot behind Wu’s “November Rain” by Monday.
Controversy erupted on Twitter after some Western fans, who might not be familiar with Wu’s career, accused the singer’s camp of using bots to push his tracks higher on the charts.
Wu, who boasts 45 million followers on Weibo, has a huge following in Asia where he is recognized as a pop-rap phenomenon.
A post supposedly from Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, also accused Wu and his management of using bots to manipulate the iTunes sales charts. Braun would later claim the tweet sent under his name was not real.
While both of the tweets have since been deleted, screenshots of posts have already been circulated on social media, according to the South China Morning Post.
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