US Rapper, Russ, Accuses Billboard Of Defrauding Him Of Tens Of Thousands Of ‘SANTIAGO’ Sales

Russ has leveled severe claims against Billboard and Luminate, the businesses in charge of regulating the Billboard charts, accusing them of defrauding him of thousands of dollars from sales of his new album Santiago. The Atlanta rapper made the allegations on Twitter on Monday (August 28), following news that his latest album opened at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, with 42,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.

While it would be a respectable total for any independent artist, Russ believed it was a little low, especially considering he was earlier forecast to make the top 10 with over 50,000 units, and accused Billboard and Luminate of excluding 10,000 sales from their calculations.

The Chomp MC also retweeted two controversial tweets from his manager, Milan Ackerman, in which he accused major labels of “inflating” their artists’ stats with fraudulent streams and the firms in charge of failing to properly verify streaming and sales data, insinuating a conspiracy.

Russ previously expressed his displeasure with the music industry on Twitter over the weekend, stating that the powers that be are attempting to “diminish [his] impact” and that “the game is rigged.” Santiago, Russ’ 16th studio album, was released on August 18 through his independent label Diemon.

While several of his recent releases have featured great lyricists, this effort was considerably more stripped-down, with only a few guest appearances from Rexx Life Raj and singers Bibi Bourelly and Justin Nozuka.

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