Hits Daily Double's rumor mill is reporting that what briefly seemed like nothing more than a story about the slim difference between the No. 1 and No. 2 album in the country could now turn into a big-time lawsuit in the near future.
This particular suit concerns the Billboard charts which wrapped up the week of November 29, and which stated that Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD outsold 6ix9ine's DUMMY BOY by less than 200 units, even though a deeper investigation concluded that it should've been the other way around. At this point, Billboard still hasn't updated its site and now it appears that Nielsen has been threatened with legal action.
Hits Daily Double further reports that meetings took place this past Friday between Sony, Billboard, and DUMMY BOY distributor Create Music Group wherein litigation was threatened because of Nielsen's alleged inability to give accurate numbers for SoundCloud and Tidal, with further reports that SoundCloud was late to provide stats for their streams (which ended up disqualifying them).
After reports concerning the accuracy of Nielsen's numbers began to surface, Billboard took down the chart proclaiming ASTROWORLD as the week's top-selling album, but have thus far not replaced it with one showing DUMMY BOY in that spot.
"Our team has done a deep dive and found the cause of the initial discrepancy," Nielsen's Drew Bennett said. "We've since then reprocessed the jobs necessary and re-finalized the charts. As a result, 6ix9ine's Dummy Boy will be moving to #1... Our team is working quickly to identify the root cause of this discrepancy to ensure that we get it right the first time."
On that note, Nielsen posted the following:
Notice: The Charts and all chart related features are currently unavailable for Week 48 2018 forward. This functionality will return soon.
We'll update as more information becomes available.