The main editor of Billboard Magazine, Bill Werde, was under fire Wednesday morning for indirectly defending Lady Gaga's chart manipulation tactics over the past week, which include trying to manipulate sales, YouTube views and Vevo views. The fallen editor, who admits to being a big fan of Lady Gaga, not only refuses to disqualify her song from charting, but tweeted that he believes she made a "mistake." In his tweets, he seems to be kissing up with fans rather than answering the critics.
Music sites all over the Internet are disgusted with Billboard Magazine, which used to be a reliable source that measured the success of songs and albums. However, things have changed in recent years. Billboard's biggest mistake was counting the sales of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album, which was reduced to 99 cents after bad reviews in 2011. Billboard later changed the rules, but a little too late.
The anger stems from people believing that Billboard Magazine is now a part of the music industry rather than a magazine that objectively reports on it. We have reached out to Billboard Magazine and Bill Werde for a response and will post one as soon as we get it.