Lady Gaga Fans are Scamming Starbucks Drinkers and Spotify Listeners in an Effort to Get ‘Shallow’ to No. 1

Lady Gaga | Randy Holmes via Getty Images
Lady Gaga | Randy Holmes via Getty Images

Lady Gaga fans would do anything for their mother monster. Even orchestrate a scam in an effort to get Shallow, the famous song sung by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born, to the number one spot on Billboard’s The Hot 100. Was winning Best Original Song at the Oscars not enough?

Shortly after the Oscars, the hashtag #SHALLOWBUCKS started circulating around Twitter. The hashtag advertised a promotion that looks to be held by Starbucks. Customers were encouraged to stream Shallow, take a a screenshot as proof, and cash in at a local Starbucks for a free drink.

Starbucks began replying individually to Twitter users, letting them know there was no actual promotion.

“Hi! Sorry for any confusion, but this is not a valid Starbucks offer. This post is completely false,” read the replies.

As customers began to realize the promotion was a scam, the tweets got pretty funny.

Some people felt for Starbucks employees.

While others were less sympathetic …

Who started the #SHALLOWBUCKS scam?

According to BuzzFeed, the #SHALLOWBUCKS scam began with an 18-year-old college freshman named Nico. He told BuzzFeed News he’s a Las Vegas artist pursuing a career in graphic design. When asked by the publication if he was behind the Starbucks scam he replied: “Yes omg I started it but if Starbucks asks I know NOTHING!”

The Spotify scam

Another scam began to circulate, this time aimed at Spotify users. Twitter users were told to “stream ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper for a chance to win Spotify Premium!”

With each post, Gaga fans wood reply saying things like “Yes it worked!” and “Yeeess extended my spotify premium since i already had one you just need to finish the song tho,” amidst innocent bystanders asking “Does this really work?”

Have Lady Gaga fans learned nothing?

“First of all, social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the Internet. And what it has done to pop culture is abysmal,” Gaga recently said when she was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The quote was in response to a question posed by Kimmel about how her fans were immediately convinced that her and Bradley Cooper were in love both on and off the big screen. But you’d think Gaga fans would be more mindful of their social media actions moving forward with a quote like that from their mother monster.

Who’s currently ranked on Billboard’s Hot 100?

Who’s currently occupying the No. 1 spot Gaga fans are so desperate for? Ariana Grande with her 7 Rings. Following Grande are Halsey’s Without Me, Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower, Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, and Cardi B and Bruno Mars’s Please Me. Unfortunately for little monsters, Shallow is currently coming in at No. 21, though the song’s spent 21 weeks on the chart.

Read more: Should Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Do Another Movie Together?

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