On March 14th, Ariana Grande’s performance of Needy was aired on the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. She also won two awards, which are Artist of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year for Thank U, Next. Check it out below!
After winning Filipino competition show “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids,” band members Keifer Sanchez, Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion have continued to solidify their rising-star status with appearances on a number of television series, including CBS’ talent search show “World’s Best.”
Corden, who also hosts “World’s Best,” invited the singing trio to perform “Dreamgirls’” anthem “And I Am Telling You” on the “Late Late Show.” Before taking the stage to belt out a powerful rendition of the ballad, the group gushed about their obsession with Ariana Grande.
James Corden also surprised Ariana himself with a cake celebrating her #1 album and top 3 on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts respectively. Check it out below!
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 360,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 14, according to Nielsen Music. The set launches with the biggest week for a pop album in over a year and garners Grande her fourth No. 1 — and second in less than six months. Of Thank U, Next’s starting unit sum, 116,000 were in album sales.
Thank U, Next, released on Feb. 8 through Republic Records, is Grande’s fourth Billboard 200 No. 1. It also launches with the biggest streaming week ever for a pop album.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 23-dated chart (where Thank U, Next debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Wednesday, Feb. 20 (a day later than usual, owed to the U.S. Washington’s birthday holiday, often referred to as Presidents’ Day, on Feb. 18).
Grande’s Fourth No. 1 Album: It follows Sweetener (which debuted atop the list dated Sept. 1, 2018), My Everything (Sept. 13, 2014) and Yours Truly (Sept. 21, 2013). Grande ties Taylor Swift for the second-most No. 1s among women this decade, trailing Lady Gaga, with five leaders since 2010.
Two No. 1s in Less Than Six Months: Thank U, Next opens at No. 1 less than six months after Grande last topped the chart, with Sweetener, on the Sept. 1, 2018-dated chart. That span of five months and 22 days is the shortest gap between new No. 1s on the Billboard 200 for a woman since 1974-75, when Olivia Newton-John waited just five months and three days between the first weeks at No. 1 for If You Love Me Let Me Know (Oct. 12, 1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (March 15, 1975). Both titles spent one week at No. 1.
Grande’s accumulation of her two latest No. 1s is the fastest since K-pop group BTS notched its first two No. 1s in a little over three months just last year (Love Yourself: Tear on June 2, 2018 and Love Yourself: Answer on Sept. 8, 2018). In 2017, rapper Future nabbed an unprecedented pair of back-to-back new No. 1s in successive weeks (with his self-titled album March 11 and HNDRXX on March 18).
Biggest Week for a Pop Album in Over a Year: As Thank U, Next starts with 360,000 units, the set earns the biggest week for a pop album in over a year. The last pop set to tally a larger week was Swift’s Reputation, which began at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 2, 2017 with 1.24 million units earned. Thank U, Next also scores the biggest week for an album by a woman since reputation.
Thank U, Next has the largest week of any album since Oct. 13, 2018, when Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V bowed at No. 1 with 480,000 units.
Largest Streaming Week for a Pop Album & Any Album by a Woman: Of Thank U, Next’s starting unit sum of 360,000 units, 228,000 are in SEA units. That latter sum translates to a whopping 307 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs during the tracking week. That’s a remarkable sum considering most-heavily-streamed albums are hip-hop sets. (Of the top 20 largest-streaming weeks ever for an album, Thank U, Next is the only non-hip-hop title.)
Thank U, Next easily sets the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album (beating the debut frame of Ed Sheeran’s ÷ [Divide] with 126.7 million on-demand audio streams for its songs; March 25, 2017) and the biggest streaming week for an album by a woman (surpassing the debut week of Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy with 202.6 million; April 21, 2018).
Thank U, Next has the ninth-largest streaming week for an album overall, and the eighth-biggest debut week. Drake’s Scorpion remains the streaming record-holder among all albums, with 745.9 million on-demand audio streams registered for its songs in its debut week (July 14, 2018). (Scorpion actually has two of the top nine biggest weeks, as the album’s second-week streaming sum is the fourth-largest overall, with 391 million.).
Ariana Grande becomes the first artist to hold the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964, as her new album Thank U, Next launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums tally.
Grande’s “7 Rings” rules the Hot 100 (dated Feb. 23) for a fourth week, while “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” debuts at No. 2 and former seven-week leader “Thank U, Next” rebounds from No. 7 to No. 3. All three songs are from the Thank U, Next album, released on Republic Records.
Grande is just the second act in the Hot 100’s 60-year history to monopolize the top three in a week. The Beatles earned the honor for five weeks in March and April 1964, even claiming the entire top five on the April 4, 1964-dated chart.
“7 Rings” No. 1 again: Grande’s “7 Rings” spends a fourth week atop the Hot 100, encompassing its entire run on the chart. “Rings” leads the Streaming Songs chart for a fourth frame, with 63.5 million U.S. streams, up 10 percent, in the week ending Feb. 14, according to Nielsen Music. On Radio Songs, “Rings” rises 10-9, up 23 percent to 61.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 17, good for the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a third week.
“Break Up” bows at No. 2: New Thank U, Next single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 2 (marking Grande’s 13th top 10). It launches at No. 2 on both Streaming Songs (59.2 million) and Digital Song Sales (36,000 sold), while drawing 13.4 million airplay impressions.
“Next” up, at No. 3: Meanwhile, the Thank U, Next title track and lead single rebounds 7-3 on the Hot 100, after spending seven weeks at No. 1, beginning with its Nov. 17 debut at the summit. It’s powered most heavily by its 36.8 million U.S. streams, up 52 percent, as it surges 14-5 on Streaming Songs and claims the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer nod.
Ariana meets The Beatles: Grande is only the second act in the Hot 100’s history to rank at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously and the first in nearly 55 years. The Beatles achieved the feat for five weeks in 1964, that March 14, 21 and 28 and April 4 and 25; on April 4, 1964, the group claimed the entire top five.
“7 Rings,” “Break Up” and “Next” mark the first triple-up for an artist at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the Hot 100 since The Beatles held the same spots on April 25, 1964, with “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” respectively. (Thus, the last time the honor was earned, the No. 1 song was about how “I don’t care too much for money; money can’t buy me love”; “7 Rings” finds Grande declaring “retail therapy my new addiction.”)
Pop’s resurgence: Meanwhile, Grande has been at the forefront of a turnaround for pop songs’ fortunes atop the Hot 100. On Sept. 22, 2018, Drake’s “In My Feelings” spent its 10th and final week at No. 1, wrapping a record 34-week streak of rap leaders (29 by Drake). Since then, pop songs have led for 20 of 22 weeks, thanks to Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B (seven weeks at No. 1); Grande’s “Next” (seven); Halsey’s “Without Me” (two); and Grande’s “7 Rings” (four).
In that 22-week span, two rap titles each spent a week at No. 1: Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” and Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).”
Women at No. 1 in 2019: Plus, women have now spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 on charts dated 2019, starting with the seventh and last week on top on for Grande’s “Next” on the chart dated Jan. 5 (followed by two weeks in charge for “Without Me” and four for “7 Rings”). Thus, as of late February, women in lead roles have almost matched last year’s total time atop the Hot 100, as women as credited leads tallied eight weeks at No. 1 in all of 2018 (including the first six weeks on top for “Next”; Camila Cabello and Cardi B also ruled for a week each as leads in 2018).
On February 8th, Ariana Grande officially released her 5th studio album titled thank u, next along with a music video to her third single, break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored directed by Hannah Lux Davis. Check it out below!
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On January 31, Ariana Grande released a remix version of 7 rings with a verse from 2 Chainz. Listen to it below!
Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” shines atop the Billboard Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 2.
The song is Grande’s second Hot 100 No. 1 and second to start on top, following “Thank U, Next,” which debuted atop the chart dated Nov. 17, and led for seven total weeks.
“Rings,” released on Republic Records, arrives as the 1,083rd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 60-year history, and launches as the week’s most-streamed and top-selling song.
Following the Jan. 18 premiere of the song and its official video, “Rings” debuts at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 85.3 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 24, according to Nielsen Music. The sum marks the second-biggest streaming week ever for a song by a female artist, after Grande’s own “Next,” which drew 93.8 million, as reflected on the chart dated Dec. 15, following the premiere of its official video. (Drake’s “In My Feelings” holds the overall record: 116.1 million; July 28.) Grande earns her second Streaming Songs No. 1, after “Next.”
“Rings” also roars in at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, with 96,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 24. Grande adds her fifth No. 1 on the survey. The total is the best for a song in six months, since Drake’s “Feelings” sold 104,000 (Aug. 4), and the best for a female artist since Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” (100,000; May 5). (“Next” hit a weekly high of 81,000 in its debut week.)
“Rings” additionally arrives at No. 39 on Radio Songs, with 27.5 million audience impressions in its first full tracking week (ending Jan. 27).
The song is the radio follow-up to “Next,” and follows the track “Imagine,” which debuted and peaked at No. 24 on the Hot 100 (Dec. 29). All three songs are from Grande’s forthcoming album, Thank U, Next, the follow-up to Sweetener, which bowed as her third Billboard 200 No. 1 in September.
Let’s ring up more facts about Grande’s new No. 1:
Grande entrance: “Rings” is the 33rd single to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100, while Grande becomes just the fifth artist with multiple No. 1 starts, joining Mariah Carey, the leader with three, Justin Bieber, Drake and Britney Spears (two each).
In the Hot 100’s history, Grande is the first artist whose first two No. 1s have both debuted at the pinnacle.
(Before “Next” and “Rings,” no female artist had entered atop the Hot 100 since Adele with “Hello” in November 2015; seven songs then started at No. 1 until “Next.”)
Back at 1: Grande collects her second Hot 100 No. 1 just two months and two weeks after “Next” opened on top. That’s the quickest accumulation of leaders for an artist (in a lead role) since Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” hit No. 1 only three weeks after “Sorry” first reached No. 1 in early 2016. Among women, Grande lands the fastest succession of new No. 1s since Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?,” featuring Drake, hit the top spot on Nov. 20, 2010, and “Only Girl (In the World)” followed just two weeks later (Dec. 4).
‘Sound of’ No. 1: “Rings” channels the melody of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things,” and sports writing credits for the classic song’s iconic composers, the late Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Along with Sound, the pair created beloved Broadway musicals including The King and I, Oklahoma! and South Pacific.
One version of “My Favorite Things” has charted on the Hot 100: by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, a No. 45 hit in January 1969.
‘7’ @ 1: The numeral 7 appears in a Hot 100 No. 1 for the second time, after (technically) Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (14 weeks at No. 1, 1997-98). As for songs featuring “7” with no accompanying numbers in their titles, Grande’s one-ups the previous top-peaking such hit, Lukas Graham’s “7 Years,” which reached No. 2 in April 2016.
Notably, “7” by Prince and The New Power Generation peaked at (where else?) No. 7 in 1993.
Lords of the ‘Ring’s: Plus, Grande tallies the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 with “ring” in its title. It follows Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (four weeks at No. 1, 2008-09); Anita Ward’s “Ring My Bell” (two, 1979); and Gary Lewis and The Playboys’ “This Diamond Ring” (two, 1965).
On January 18th, Ariana Grande released the music video and song of her 2nd single off of Thank U, Next, titled 7 Rings!
The meaning behind the song is a reference to the time she bought rings for her and her friends – Victoria Monet, Alexa Luria, Tayla Parx, Njomza, Courtney Chipolone, and Kaydence.
The music video is directed by Hannah Lux Davis. Check out the music video and captures below!
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On January 14th, it was announced that Ariana Grande will be headlining Lollapalooza 2019! Check out the exclusive Variety press below
Among those who are so F—ing grateful to Ariana Grande right now: the nation’s festival bookers, who, facing a shortage of contemporary rock heavyweights, are increasingly looking to pop superstars as headliner. Multiple sources tell Variety that Grande has been booked for Lollapalooza, set to take place in Chicago’s Grant Park August 1-4, on top of her already announced slot at Coachella in April.
The Lollapalooza lineup isn’t traditionally announced until the third week of March, so any official confirmation of Grande’s appearance as a headliner for one of the four evenings may be weeks or even months away.
Lest anyone suspect that Lollapalooza is merely borrowing a cue from Coachella in securing Grande as headliner, sources tell Variety that her booking at the Chicago festival has been in the works for several months. Discussions about it also took place much earlier than they did for the California fest, where published reports indicated that her camp got the official invite only days before the lineup was announced, as a replacement for Kanye West, whose staging demands grew too great. So if anything, Coachella may have been following Lollapalooza’s lead in realizing that Grande makes a perfectly suitable choice for a festival that’s no longer strictly tied to its alt-rock roots in 2019.
Grande enjoys a level of critical cred that a lot of her superstar pop contemporaries don’t, thanks to gushing reviews for her recent album “Sweetener,” above and beyond the fact that the post-album single “thank u, next” has been the ubiquitous signature musical event of the last six months.
While the Lollapalooza development hasn’t been officially announced, some other festival-related Grande news did go public Monday. Her camp officially announced that she is rescheduling some dates on her arena tour as a result of the sudden Coachella booking.
Gigs that were previously scheduled to take place in eight cities in April have now been rescheduled for June and July, while two other cities have been canceled outright. Omaha and Raleigh are the unlikely locales where fans have to take refunds in lieu of a postponement. Meanwhile, the rescheduled dates involve Chicago (now June 4-5 — and not to be confused with Lollapalooza, obviously), Indianapolis (June 29), Columbus (July 1), Milwaukee (July 5), St. Louis (July 6), St. Paul (July 8), Denver (July 11) and Salt Lake City (July 13).
One previously unscheduled city has been added to her routing: a May 11 concert in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. (Grande had been scheduled to play a single gig at a small theater in Las Vegas two nights before New Year’s Eve, but canceled that one-off show, citing illness.)
The postponements now leave a nine-day window open before the first of Grande’s two Coachella shows. It’s a significant enough gap in her touring to allow for speculation about whether Grande plans to go beyond her standard tour set and put on a more ambitious Coachella performance — presumably one not involving a giant dome in the middle of the festival grounds.
The tour picks up as planned after Coachella, though — including holding onto three L.A. shows in early May, just two weeks after the second weekend of Coachella, which would seem to indicate the festival is fine with making an exception for Grande to the radius-clause rule disallowing any other area concerts closely preceding or following the festival.
The tour is still set to begin March 18 in Albany. This will be Grande’s third arena tour. Her previous two tours grossed $67 million and $42 million, in 2017 and 2015, respectively, according to Pollstar.
A press release about the rescheduled dates says the July 13 date is now the “wrap” of her North American tour, previously scheduled to conclude June 26. But sources are adamant about the August asterisk.
On January 9th, the nominations for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards have been announced! Ariana Grande is nominated for FIVE categories! Check out what she’s nominated for:
Female Artist of the Year
Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
Camila Cabello – “Consequences”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Halsey – “Without Me”
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
Best Music Video
Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B – “Finesse”
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin – “I Like It”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown – “Freaky Friday”
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla Sign – “Psycho”
DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B – “Taki Taki”
Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
Best Cover Song
Ariana Grande – “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”
Charlie Puth – “In My Blood”
Halsey – “Lucid Dreams”
James Arthur and Anne-Marie – “Rewrite the Stars”
Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles – “You’re Still the One”
Khalid – “Fast Car”
Lady Gaga – “Your Song”
Niall Horan – “Crying in the Club”
Pink – “A Million Dreams”
Shawn Mendes and Teddy Geiger – “Under Pressure”
Weezer – “Africa”
Zayn – “Me, Myself and I”
Song That Left Us Shook
Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Kesha – “Here Comes the Change”
Lady Gaga – “I’ll Never Love Again”
Logic featuring Ryan Tedder – “One Day”
Shawn Mendes featuring Khalid – “Youth”
Cutest Musicians Pet
Best Solo Breakout
Asia – Lady Gaga
Edgar – Brett Eldredge
Goodwin – Sabrina Carpenter
Gracie – Lauren Jauregui
Hatchi – Perrie Edwards
Mooshu – Alex Pall
Piggy Smallz – Ariana Grande
On January 2nd near midnight, the performers for Coachella have been announced for this year. Ariana Grande will be the main performer for the weekends of April 13th and 21st! Check out the full poster!
This year, Coachella will be held over back-to-back weekends April 12-14 and April 19-21 and tickets are sold out.
The teasing started when indie disco pop artist Cola Boyy from Oxnard, California, was confirmed for the Sonora Stage on Sunday and Trinidadian calypsonian Calypso Rose was announced for the Gobi Stage on Friday, sharing music videos with the news.
Passes are on sale Friday at 11am PT/2pm ET.
Check out the bill in full below.
The winner has been finally decided. After a week’s worth of the Arianators’ Favorite Ariana Grande Song of 2018, the fans have voted the best song this year is…
What did you think of the votes? Do you believe this was a valid choice?
Thanks for playing with us again this year, can’t wait to see what you guys think deserves the crown in 2019!
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On December 15, Ariana announced tour dates for the European leg of The Sweetener World Tour! She will be hosting a “special show” for the people of Manchester on an unknown date. Check out the dates below!
August 17: The O2 Arena – London
August 23: Ziggo Dome – Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 27: AccorHotels Arena – Paris, France
August 30: Sportpaleis Antwerpen – Antwerpen, Belgium
September 1: Lanxess Arena – Köln, Germany
September 3: Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
September 5: Barclaycard Arena – Hamburg, Germany
September 8: O2 arena – Czech Republic
September 9: Tauron Arena – Kraków, Poland
September 14: Arena Birmingham – Birmingham, United Kingdom
September 17: The SSE Hydro – Glasgow, United Kingdom
September 19: FlyDSA Arena – Sheffield, United Kingdom
September 22: 3Arena – Dublin, Ireland
October 1: Royal Arena – Copenhagen, Denmark
October 3: Telenor Arena – Oslo, Norway
October 5: Hartwall Arena – HKI, Finland
October 7: Ericsson Globe – Stockholm, Sweden
October 10: Mercedes-Benz-Arena – Berlin, Germany
October 13: Hallenstadion – Zürich, Switzerland