Ariana Grande blasts in at No. 3 with “Problem” (featuring rap newcomer Iggy Azalea), which narrowly misses bowing at No. 1 itself. The song is one of two that Azalea places in the top five, as her “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) flies 7-4.
Grande rockets onto the Hot 100 at No. 3 with “Problem” (featuring Azalea), which instantly becomes each act’s highest-ranking hit. Grande had previously charted as high as No. 9 with her debut, “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, last year. (Keep reading for more on Azalea.)
As previously reported, “Problem” earns the eighth-largest debut ever for a download, as it starts at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 438,000 sold. It’s also the biggest arrival for a song this year, and the best sum since Katy Perry’s “Roar” debuted with 557,000 (Aug. 31, 2013). “Problem” additionally splashes onto Streaming Songs at No. 9 (4.4 million), while just missing entering Radio Songs (24 million).
Incredibly, “Problem” almost nabs the top spot on the Hot 100: it boasts just a .013 percent lower points total than “All of Me.”
Still, a No. 3 debut for “Problem” nabs it a piece of Hot 100 history: it’s the highest-ever debut for a collaboration of only female soloists. It bests the No. 13 (Super Bowl-aided) debut of Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I. A. (Feb. 18, 2012). (“Problem” is the top starter of 2014 and highest since Eminem’s “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, also began at No. 3 on the Nov. 16, 2013 chart.)