On March 11, the music video for 2 Chainz and Ariana Grande’s collaboration on Rule The World has been released! This track is on his fifth studio album Rap Or Go To The League. 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 December 13, Frankie Grande released a cover of Seasons of Love from the musical Rent along with Ariana Grande. Watch the music video below!
On November 30th, Ariana Grande released her highly anticipated music video for Thank U, Next! The video references iconic female movies including Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going on 30, and Legally Blonde!
The music video is directed by Hannah Lux Davis. Check out the photos and videos below!
Behind The Scenes
On November 12th, it was announced that Ariana Grande scores her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 17), as “Thank U, Next” rockets onto the chart at No. 1, arriving as the top-streamed and top-selling song of the week.
The track dethrones Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, after seven weeks on top, although the collaboration ties for the second-most weeks spent at No. 1 in the history of the Radio Songs chart.
Grande’s First Hot 100 No. 1: “Next,” released on Republic Records, is Grande’s first Hot 100 No. 1, and the 1,079th in the chart’s 60-year history. She previously hit a No. 2 high with “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, in 2014. “Next” also bows as her 11th Hot 100 top 10 and first since “God Is a Woman,” which reached No. 8 in September.
Grande reigns at last with her 35th Hot 100 entry. Among Hot 100 chart-topping acts, she ends the longest wait for her first No. 1 (by total chart appearances from a first entry) since Justin Bieber set the mark by earning his first leader with his 47th charted title, “What Do You Mean?,” in 2015.
Grande first hit the Hot 100 (debuting at No. 10) on April 13, 2013, with the eventual No. 9-peaking “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller.
No. 1 in Streams & Sales: “Next” launches with 55.5 million U.S. streams and 81,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Notably, the song debuts on the Hot 100 with just over five days of streaming and sales data, as it was released late Saturday, Nov. 3 (as the tracking week for those metrics runs Friday through Thursday). Grande has released two videos for the song so far: an audio clip upon its release and a lyric video Nov. 6.
With “Next,” Grande likewise earns her first No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and her fourth leader on Digital Song Sales, after “Problem,” for three weeks in 2014; “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj (one week, 2014); and “No Tears Left to Cry” (one, this May).
“Next” also drew 11.3 million in all-format radio audience in the week ending Nov. 11.
“God Is a Woman” and “No Tears” are from Grande’s third Billboard 200 No. 1 album, Sweetener, which debuted atop the list dated Sept. 1, while “Next” is, as of now, a stand-alone track, with the song’s lyrics referencing past relationships with, among others, Big Sean, ex-finance Pete Davidson and the late Miller.
Meme-orable: As for its lyrics, aiding the buzz of “Next” are, specifically, its lines, “One taught me love / One taught me patience / One taught me pain,” which have sparked an onslaught of memes.
New at No. 1: “Next” is the 32nd single to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and the first by a female artist in three years, since Adele’s “Hello” on the chart dated Nov. 14, 2015.
As noticed by chart-watcher Jake Rivera, “Next” is the fourth No. 1 debut of 2018, tying the record established in 1995, the first year that any single soared in at the summit. “Next” follows prior 2018 No. 1 bows for Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” (May 19) and Drake’s “Nice for What” (April 21) and “God’s Plan” (Feb. 3). The four No. 1 entrances in 1995: Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone,” Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy,” Whitney Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.”
Pop on top, again: As “Next” follows Maroon 5’s “Girls,” featuring Cardi B, at No. 1, two pop songs have led the Hot 100 in succession for the first time since Jan. 27, when Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, replaced Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” “Next” also ends a record streak of 42 weeks of No. 1s with at least one credited rapper, from Young Thug (on “Havana”) to Cardi B (“Girls” and “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin). The run also included Drake (“Plan,” “Nice” and “In My Feelings”); Childish Gambino (“America”); Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign (“Psycho”); and, XXXTentacion (“Sad!”).
As “Girls” drops to No. 2, pop songs rank at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Hot 100 in the same week for the first time since Jan. 27 (“Havana” and “Perfect,” respectively).
No. 1 is a woman: Grande is the first female soloist to top the Hot 100 unaccompanied by another act since Cardi B on Oct. 21, 2017, when her debut hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” spent its third and final week at No. 1.
Solo women in lead roles have led the Hot 100 for just three weeks (of 46 total so far) in 2018, thanks to “Next,” “I Like It” and “Havana.” That follows totals of six weeks in 2017 (via two No. 1s); 16 in 2016 (three No. 1s); 10 in 2015 (four No. 1s); 28 in 2014 (five No. 1s); and, 17 in 2013 (four No. 1s).
The last year in which lead solo women logged as few as three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100? 1975, thanks to one each for Linda Ronstadt (“You’re No Good”), Olivia Newton-John (“Have You Never Been Mellow”) and Minnie Riperton (“Lovin’ You”). (After the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception, no lead solo women reigned until June 27, 1960, when Connie Francis spent her first of two weeks on top with “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.”)
‘Thank’s for the memories: Grande is thankful for the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 that includes “thank” in its title, following “Thank God I Found You,” by Carey featuring Joe and 98 Degrees (2000), “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” by John Denver (1975), and “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin”/”Everybody Is a Star,” by Sly & The Family Stone (1970).
(Grande’s new No. 1 also takes over as the highest-charting Hot 100 hit to begin with “Thank U”; Alanis Morissette’s “Thank U” reached No. 17 in 1998. The only other such title? “Thank U Very Much” by The Scaffold, a No. 69 hit in 1968. You’re welcome for that trivia …)
More Grande: Beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, Grande’s “Woman” holds at No. 20 and fellow Sweetener single “Breathin” charges 32-21, passing its prior No. 22 peak; following the Nov. 7 premiere of its official video, “Breathin” bounds by 64 percent to 12.2 million streams by 118 percent to 12,000 sold in the week ending Nov. 8 and claims the Hot 100’s top Streaming and Sales Gainer awards.
“Next” easily outperformed Maroon 5’s “Girls” in the tracking week, as the latter drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after seven weeks at No. 1. Still, “Girls” leads Radio Songs for a 16th week, with 109.3 million in audience (down 4 percent), tying for the second-longest No. 1 run in the chart’s 28-year history. “Girls” matches the longest Radio Songs reign this century, equaling Carey’s 16-week command with “We Belong Together” in 2005.
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.
i’m so …. fuckin ….. grateful
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 4, 2018
for my …… ex
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 4, 2018
thank u, next
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 4, 2018
Right before 11 PM EST, she surprise drops the song herself! Listen to the song below!
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On October 10th, Ariana Grande surprised released a music video to breathin, the third single off of her album Sweetener. The album is not what we have expected, as the whole video is of her pet pig, Piggy Smallz, whom she has recently adopted. She explains in a response to a fan on Instagram:
Check out the music video below!
On July 13th, Ariana Grande released the second single off of her album Sweetener, titled God Is A Woman (stylized as lowercased). Initially scheduled for July 20th, Ariana intended for the song to be released on the 13th this whole time. Listen to the song below!
The song also came out with a lyric video and music video the same day!
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On June 27th, Ariana Grande took to Twitter to confirm that the second single off of Sweetener will be God Is A Woman! We will not be getting any snippets or teasers, as the song will be out on July 20th.
Are you guys excited for next month to come?
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaTodayNet) June 27, 2018