Ariana Grande Snatches First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with “Thank U, Next”
Ariana Grande scored her first number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Thank U, Next”. The track rockets on top of the chart at number 1 and arrives as the top-streamed and top-selling song of the week. Additionally, the song dethrones Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B after seven weeks on top. However, the collaboration ties for the second-most weeks spent at number 1 in the history of the Radio Songs chart. Most noteworthy, as Ariana Grande reigns on top, she is the first woman to debut on the chart at number 1 since Adele with “Hello”.
“Thank U, Next” was released on Republic Records and is Grande’s first Hot 100 number 1, and the 1,079th in the chart’s 60-year history. Ariana previously hit a number 2 high with “Problem” in 2014, featuring Iggy Azalea. Her current single also shows as her 11th Hot 100 top 10 and first since “God Is a Woman” which reached number 8 in September. Most noteworthy, this is Ariana’s 35th Hot 100 entry and among Hot 100 chart-topping acts, she has waited the longest for her first number 1. Grande’s first Hot 100 entry was on April 13, 2013 with the track “The Way” featuring Mac Miller which peaked at number 9.
Ariana Grande can boast that “Thank U, Next” launched with 55.5 million U.S. streams and 81,000 downloads sold. Additionally, the song debuts on the Hot 100 with just over five days of streaming and sales data, reports are for the week of November 8th. Grande released two videos for the song thus far, an audio clip upon its release and a lyric video on November 6th. It is likely that Ariana Grande will earn her first number 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and her fourth on Digital Song Sales with this song.