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Post Malone might be forgiven for feeling pretty good about himself at the moment.
He's just 23 years of age and already one of the most popular and successful musicians in the world: his first album, Stoney, went three times platinum and hit the top of the US Rap and R&B charts, while his second, Beerbongs & Bentley was released in April and made number one in just about every chart going.
Yet, according to the man himself - real name Austin Richard Post - things aren't all that great.
never googling myself ever again lol. got called a walking STD and a human sir bubble by 2 different publications. deleted safari after lol. if anyone is having a tough time keep rocking guys. never let anybody tell you shit. you are awesome.
- Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) August 13, 2018
He posted on Twitter early this morning about the dangers of googling his own name, claiming that he has been called a 'Walking STD' among other nasty things.
The heart does kind of bleed, but at least Malone was able to take it with a pinch of salt, following up his tweet with another that simply read '*snot bubble'.
The tweet managed to garner nearly 40,000 likes and 6,000 retweets in just three hours or so, which kind of disproves his point.
There's clearly plenty more people out there who like you than don't pal, otherwise they wouldn't be buying your records and sharing your social media posts.
Us mouth-breathers have to slag off successful people to make ourselves feel better - you can go to any sporting event and hear the tirades of abuse and young, fit athletes from blokes carrying colossal beer guts to discover that.
Amid the pantheon of good weeks for Post Malone in his two-year rise to pop stardom, the one just passed might yet rank among the very best.
His first album was announced to have passed Michael Jackson's Thriller on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with 77 weeks in the list.
This caused plenty of hand-wringing by musicos who equated that with the death of pop music or something, but really it just shows how many people really like Post Malone.
Of course, it doesn't actually mean that Post Malone is better than Michael Jackson, as Billboard themselves pointed out in typically loquacious style: "Beginning with the list dated Feb. 11, 2017 (Stoney's seventh chart week), the list switched from a strictly sales-based formula to one calculating multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums," they wrote.
"As such, listeners' repeated streams of Stoney songs have contributed to the album's ranking each week, whereas for Thriller, its pre-streaming era release means that fans likely bought the album only once, and thus helped its ranking for only that single week of purchase."
Still, well done Post. Don't let the bastards grind you down.
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