Lady Gaga fans are scamming Twitter users to stream “Shallow” for free Starbucks

Can #SHALLOWBUCKS get Gaga to number one?

March 01, 2019
Lady Gaga fans are scamming Twitter users to stream “Shallow” for free Starbucks VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

Fresh off their Grammy win for Best Original Song last weekend, Billboard reports that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have a real shot at nabbing the number one position on this week's Hot 100 chart. Little Monsters will stop at nothing to get the spot, and so on Thursday they created a hoax to get the locals streaming "Shallow."

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The hashtag #SHALLOWBUCKS reveals heavily circulated fabricated advertisement encouraging users to stream the Star Is Born track and post a screenshot on Twitter in exchange for a free drink at Starbucks. There was also a false Spotify ad suggesting that streaming "Shallow" would elicit a free Spotify membership. There's no word on how much of an impact these scams had, but they're admittedly pretty clever and low-key hilarious.

If Gaga scores the number one, it'll be her first since 2011's "Born This Way." Ariana Grande currently holds the spot with "7 rings."

Lady Gaga fans are scamming Twitter users to stream “Shallow” for free Starbucks