Ariana Grande's Manager Backs Kris Wu Against Accusation of Using Bots to Boost Album Sales
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Die-hard fans of the Nickelodeon alum are outraged after her new single 'Thank U, Next' can't top iTunes chart due to the Chinese singer.

AceShowbiz - Kris Wu has been trending on social media these days after he famously dominated the top spots on iTunes U.S. chart with songs off his album "Antares", even stopping Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" from taking the throne. This caused outrage to many of her die-hard fans, leading them to accuse the Chinese actor and singer of using bots to boost his album sales.

Universal Music China, who manages the star, has denied the accusation in a statement released on Wednesday, November 7. Spokesperson for the record label insisted that the chart performance of the album was "genuine and effective." So how did this happen? Ariana's manager, Scooter Braun, has the answer to that.

Taking to Instagram, the famous manager explained that his album's release date was pushed back in China so that it could hit the stores on the same day as his birthday, November 6. However, "Antares" was already available on U.S. iTunes store starting from November 2. Thus, his fans "went and got the music any way they could and that was US Itunes," according to Scooter.

Considering that China has 1.3. billion population, it actually kind of makes sense why his album could dominate the chart.

Insisting that Kris didn't use bots to boost his album sales, he further explained, "Those were real people from the US and International community and not bots like many have rumored. I have never wished anything bad for Kris nor any other artist and those saying otherwise are wrong. Any fans of anyone I manage are using this opportunity to spread any sort of division or racism are dead wrong and I won't stand for it."

"The music community is international and no longer held by borders," he continued. "Kris happy birthday and you showed yourself to be a global star. Glad we got to connect and speak and keep up your head held high. This is just the first of many achievements for you. And for those using my name for false rumors now you know exactly where I stand. Keep it positive."

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Over the past few days I have become aware of an artist named @kriswu. Last night we had an opportunity to connect and talk and show respect. We learned of eachother since many rumors have come out about both us in connection to his newest release. Kris is a great artist who on a global scale is a star. It was explained to he and I last night that because his release was held back in China for his birthday his fans went and got the music any way they could and that was US Itunes. Once the release in China took place the fans had their access. He has never been removed from the charts on iTunes. That is false. Those were real people from the US and international community and not bots like many have rumored. I have never wished anything bad for Kris nor any other artist and those saying otherwise are wrong. Any fans of anyone I manage who are using this opportunity to spread any sort of division or racism are dead wrong and I won’t stand for it. The music community is international and no longer held by borders. Kris happy birthday and you showed yourself to be a global star. Glad we got to connect and speak and keep your head held high. This is just the first of many achievements for you. And for those using my name for false rumors now you know exactly where I stand. Keep it positive.

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As soon as "Antares" was made available in China, his rank swiftly slipped on the U.S. iTunes chart.

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