On Thursday, Billboard released its latest Hot 100 chart and despite the fact that "Applause" appears to have peaked at pop radio in only two weeks, it jumped from number 6 to number 4. This is based solely on the fact that Lady Gaga tweeted an illegal site to her fans that allows them to playlist "Applause" on YouTube 1500 times with just one touch. Each play counts towards the Hot 100.
But that wasn't the only suspicious move by Lady Gaga. She also goosed her fans to buy multiple copies of "Applause" and post the receipts to her. The one with the most receipts would win a chance to meet her in person. Some fans bought as many as 800 copies. Gaga was highly criticized by various outlets for her stunts.
Bill Werde, the editorial director for Billboard, initially criticized Gaga's cheating techniques on Twitter. However, after he received several death threats from Gaga fans and several angry emails from Interscope, he backed down. He is the same person who allowed Gaga to chart with a pathetic 99 cent sale of her commercial flop "Born This Way." Several people on Twitter have called for Bill Werde to be fired (under the tag #FireBillWerde) from Billboard, but the fallen magazine has yet to take action.