The Indian rapper and singer, Badshah has admitted that he had purchased 7.2 crores fake views for rupees 72 lakh to set a world record for most YouTube views in the first 24 hours.
According to the reports, Nandkumar Thakur(deputy commissioner of police) told Mumbai Mirror that, “The singer confessed that he wanted to set a world record for the most number of viewers in 24 hours on YouTube. That is why he paid Rs 72 lakh to this company.”
He had claimed that one of his music videos for Pagal Hai had crossed 75 million views on the first day of its release, that video breaks all previous records set by Taylor Swift and the Korean boy band BTS. The claim was rejected by Google.
Officials claimed that in questioning, Badshah confessed that he’d bought around 7.2 crore views for Rs 72 lakh, as a way to set a world record for many YouTube views within the first 24 hours.
“Apart from Pagal Hai, we are also scrutinizing his other songs posted on social media,” another official told Mirror.
Meanwhile, Badshah has denied the allegations and said in a statement, “Following the summons, I have spoken to the Mumbai Police. I have aided the officials in their investigation by cooperating and carrying out the due diligence on my part. I’ve categorically denied all the allegations leveled against me and made it clear that I was never involved in such practices, nor do I condone them,”
He added, “The investigation procedure is being executed in accordance with the law and I have complete faith in the authorities, who are handling this matter. I’d like to thank all those who have conveyed their concern to me. It means a lot to me.”