Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, occupying the top 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

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.).

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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).

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Ariana Grande announces new album “thank u, next” and releases song

On November 3rd, Ariana Grande took it to Twitter to drop subtle hints about her upcoming 5th studio album, and after a few hours later, she revealed that the title of her album is called thank u, next, as she kept tweeting lyrics from the song.

Right before 11 PM EST, she surprise drops the song herself! Listen to the song below!

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Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200

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 Sept. 1-dated chart (where Sweetener launches at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Grande’s Third No. 1: Sweetener is Grande’s third leader on the Billboard 200, following the chart-topping debuts of her second album, My Everything (Sept. 13, 2014), and her debut effort, Yours Truly (Sept. 21, 2013). Of her four full-length studio sets, only her third release, Dangerous Woman, missed the top. It debuted and peaked at No. 2 on June 11, 2016 (stuck behind Grande’s labelmate, Drake, with his blockbuster album Views, which was in its fourth of 14 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1).

‘Sweetener’ Surpasses ‘Dangerous’: With Sweetener’s start of 231,000 units, it beats the bow of Grande’s last album, Dangerous Woman. The latter entered the chart at No. 2 with 175,000 units.

Second Biggest Week of 2018 for a Woman: Sweetener secures the second-largest week for an album by a woman in 2018. Only Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy launched with a larger figure: 255,000 units (No. 1, April 21-dated chart). Thus, Sweetener also has the biggest week for a pop album by a woman. Speaking of pop albums by women…

Largest Streaming Week Ever for a Pop Album by a Woman: Sweetener’s songs collected 126.7 million on-demand audio streams in its debut frame — the largest streaming week for a pop album by a woman. It’s also the biggest streaming week for any non-hip-hop effort by a womanSweetener is the rare pop album that performed strongly on streaming services — generally rap albums post big streaming numbers in comparison to other genres.

Source: Billboard.com

LISTEN: Ariana Grande & John Legend – Beauty & The Beast + trailer

On January 30th, Disney’s latest trailer for Beauty and the Beast premiered, giving a closer look at memorable scenes from Belle’s encounter with Gaston to her growing relationship with the Beast, all before the last petal drops.

The trailer for Disney’s live-action film also previews Ariana Grande and John Legend’s duet of the classic titular song Beauty and the Beast. The song, for the 1991 animated film originally sung by actress Angela Lansbury and later remade by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for the film’s soundtrack, won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award. The soundtrack is set to release March 10.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17. Check it out below!

Update: The official audio for the song released on February 3rd. Listen to the rendition on Spotify and Apple Music.

LISTEN: Hairspray Live! Soundtrack

On December 3rd, the Hairspray Live! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) has officially released! Check out the songs below, including the 4 songs that Ariana is featured on:

Mama I’m a Big Girl Now – with Maddie Baillio, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin & Kristin Chenoweth

Without Love – with Garrett Clayton, Maddie Baillio e Ephraim Sykes

You Can’t Stop the Beat – with the entire cast

Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) – a duet with Jennifer Hudson.

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Ariana listed in Spotify’s most streamed artists and songs of 2016

On December 1st, Spotify unveiled its annual top lists that takes a look back at the artists, albums, tracks and moments that made 2016 such an amazing year in music.

Ariana has made it in many lists for her release of Dangerous Woman. Check out where she ranked in each categories!

Most Streamed Artists (Global)

8. Ariana Grande

Most Streamed Female Artists (Global)

2. Ariana Grande

Most Streamed Songs (Global)

41. Into You
55. Dangerous Woman
81. Side to Side

Most Streamed Artists (United States)

2. Ariana Grande

Most Streamed Songs (United Stated)

37. Into You
45. Dangerous Woman

Mac Miller talks Ariana Grande on The Divine Feminine with Vogue

On September 27th, an interview with Mac Miller and Vogue has been released and he talks about Ariana Grande. Check out the excerpts where he gets asked about Ariana!


But the song that has gotten the most attention is the jazzy R&B track “My Favorite Part, ” in which Miller duets with Ariana Grande. A few weeks before the song came out, TMZ outed them as a couple with grainy photos of the two kissing on a dinner date. Grande recently made their relationship Instagram official with a post that has garnered more than 1 million likes. “A lot of people think it’s a whole album about her,” he said. “And I get it. It makes sense. But ‘My Favorite Part’ was actually one of the last songs we made [on the album].”

Though he’s quick to deny his new record is all about his burgeoning relationship with Grande, Miller spends most of our coffee date gushing like a man who’s head over heels. “I think a lot of times people just want to be cool, and to be in love is not cool,” he said. “But I think it’s the coolest. I think love is the coolest thing that there is.” Over four-shot espressos at The Smile, Miller opened up about The Divine Feminine, his newfound sobriety, Grande, and why he’s in the best place he’s ever been.

Did Ariana have any influence musically on the album?
A lot of people think it’s a whole album about her. And I get it. It makes sense. But “My Favorite Part” was one of the last songs we made. I had talked about doing a record with her for the album. We hadn’t talked in a really long time, and I bring her this song, and then we go to the studio and do her part. And then, after that. . . . we started spending more time together.

Her voice introduces the whole album, but who are the other women on the first track?
It’s [Ariana], and then Chloe Clancy, who’s my manager’s daughter, she’s now 9 and she’s been this symbol of innocence in my life that has been this guiding light. Whatever I do—because I’ve been in my own form of destruction—I have to keep it together for her. And the other voice is Kilo Kish, who is just such a creator and pure and an incredible soul. And her voice puts me in that place; she’s very cerebral to me. The album ends with my grandma finishing the whole thing with a true actual love story; a real one that I’ve cried listening to. When that came on, I was just sitting there bawling.

Is she psyched about being on the album?
She’s actually not. She’s embarrassed because she thinks that she talks for too long and it’s the cutest thing ever. She’s like, “I’ve ruined the whole album.” And I’m like, “No, you’re the best part.” I joke around and tell her she’s getting nominated for an American Music Award for Best Interlude.

Let’s talk about “My Favorite Part,” your song with Ariana. Did you write this song when you were together?
Obviously the emotion that we’re singing with is real. I’m big about things on music that I make being authentic. But the funny thing is that we made that song before we even got together. We were friends.

But there was obviously something there between the two of you.
Well yeah, obviously. It’s just interesting; all this stuff comes at a weird time, because I’m not trying to sit here and market my relationship, but I’m not trying to not talk about that song. That song is beautiful and it’s an aspect about my life. I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate [talking about my relationship]. It’s tricky. But as long as I’m honest, I’m good with it.

Did you write that song always with her in mind to sing it?
For sure.

So you had an agenda?
[Laughs.] The agenda wasn’t—I didn’t think this was going to happen.

Are you worried at all about all the attention your relationship with Ariana is getting?
My main thing is that my life is going to continue to be my life. I think that I’m not going to get involved in it. It’s there, cool. But we’re low-key. If we’re going to go to dinner, we’re going to go to dinner. And let the world speak, say whatever. That stuff is just its own thing. It’s different for me, but it has nothing to do with us, it’s its own separate thing.

Source: Vogue.com

Mac Miller talks collaboration with Ariana Grande in The Divine Feminine

On August 17th, Mac Miller had an interview with Milk Studios about his upcoming album The Divine Feminine, and he talks about collaborating with Ariana!

The Divine Feminine is the upcoming fourth studio album by American rapper Mac Miller. It is scheduled to be released on September 16, 2016

Check out the interview below:

So you just released a song with Anderson .Paak, you’ve got a song with Kendrick Lamar, and you’ve collaborated with a ton of other artists. Who was your favorite person to collaborate with on The Divine Feminine

There’s a song on there with Ariana [Grande] that’s really, really tight. I’m singing the whole time and the difference in both of us from when we were younger [in 2013] to now? We’ve both grown so much. [The song is] very vulnerable for me too because it’s me just singing, straight-up.

Was it intimidating to sing with her?

No, our voices sound really good [together]! She’s going to be an incredible singer [because] her voice can do anything. My voice? I emote very well and it’s very raw and real. It’s like, “Oh shit you can sing.” I’m self-conscious about it but it’s my favorite thing to do.

Just a week ago, the two artists surprised fans with the Into You Remix! This isn’t their only collaboration, as they teamed up together in Ariana’s first hit single The Way back in 2013. What do you guys think about another song by the two stars?

Source: Milk.xyz