Tory Lanez is pushing back against claims that his streams have fallen since the shooting incident with Megan Thee Stallion
After weeks of speculation, rapper Tory Lanez has finally broken his silence following the shooting incident involving Megan Thee Stallion, but fans are disappointed about what part of the controversy he chose to address.
Last week, Forbes reported that fans who were upset at the Toronto native for allegedly shooting Meg had boycotted his music, causing his streams to plummet by a whopping 40% after she named him as her attacker.
“Tory’s audio streams were consistently in the 20 million to 30 million range since mid-June, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data,” reported the outlet. “However, during the week of August 21, following Megan’s revealing August 20 livestream, Tory’s streams plummeted by nearly 9 million—a 40% drop from the previous week’s 22 million streams.”
After the article was published, Lanez, who has been radio silent for weeks, reached out to HotNewHipHop to refute the claims about his sales while making no mention of the altercation between him and his female colleague that made headlines.
@torylanez tells #hotnewhiphop his music streams have not decreased. According to recent reports, Lanez's streams plummeted nearly 40% since Megan Thee Stallion addressed Lanez as her shooter. Tory noticed these reports and decided to hit us up on Twitter. Are you still listening to Tory Lanez's music? Let us know below. Photo: @gettyimages
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“Lmao that’s such a lie. 40% where?!!,” he responded on the publication’s Twitter, then clarified, “I have twenty-seven million monthly listeners on Spotify currently.”
Although the entertainer is claiming he has seen no notable drop in listeners due to the current controversy, his female collaborators have made it clear how they feel about the allegations against him.
Singer Kehlani removed his verse from her upcoming deluxe album, explaining, “As someone with a large platform, as someone that people look up to, as a woman that makes other women feel safe and empowered, people, were asking me, ‘Are you gonna keep somebody on it who doesn’t necessarily make us feel safe or empowered as a woman?’”
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“And not only that but, you know, this situation was involving someone that I [am] extremely close to,” she continued. “So I just felt like on some loyal sh*t, and on some do the right thing, you have to be responsible. Absolutely I’m changing up the record.”
Now singer JoJo is following suit, and expressed a similar sentiment when asked if she would remove Lanez from their collaboration “Comeback.”
“As soon as the allegations came out, I started talking to my team,” she said while stopping by Quibi’s Close Up By E! News. “I can’t support this person, I have to distance myself.”
#PressPlay: #Kehlani explains "on some loyalty sh*t" is the reason why she had to switch up her record "Can I" featuring #ToryLanez following his incident with her friend #MeganTheeStallion (SWIPE for previous posts) 🎥: @wgci
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