Ariana Grande’s newest album Thank U, Next has shattered a UK chart record after debuting as the number one.
It had the most streams of an album by a female artist in a week – breaking a record that she set herself with 2018’s Sweetener.
Grande is also both on the top and second spots on the official singles chart.
She is known to be the first female artist in UK singles chart history to substitute herself at number one.
“Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” is the new number one, with “7 Rings”as number two after holding the top spot for the last three weeks.
Grande also becomes the second female artist to fill the top two spots at the same time.
The last one was Madonna, who was at number one and two instantaneously in August 1985 with “Into The Groove and Holiday”.
Thank U, Next’s pole position is not a surprise at all. As per the Official Charts Company, it had been beating the rest of the top five albums collectively.
Yet the achievement of Grande’s latest is still significant given how small the gap has been between her previous album and this one.
Her last record, Sweetener, was released just six months ago, in August 2018.
These six months have been stormy for the 25-year-old though.
Her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died in 2017 after an accidental overdose. Shortly after this dreadful incident, she and her ex fiancé Pete Davidson broke off their engagement.
After such life changing events, Grande took some time out, decided not to do promo for the album and asked her team for a break from work.
I said, ‘I’m not going anywhere, I’m not doing anything. Please give me some time,” she recalled last week in an interview with Zach Sang, “and they were so respectful of that and wonderfully supportive”.
But she was back with a bang in the studio soon enough, and in November announced the hugely popular Thank U, Next – a song which talked about not just her split from Davidson, but several of her exes, who she sang she was “so thankful” for.
Though, bearing in mind she was only three months into the Sweetener album campaign with several songs already being played on the radio, throwing a brand new one into the mix was highly rare. But we are glad all worked out for the singer.
Another new song, Imagine, shadowed a month after that, before the monster hit that was 7 Rings was unleashed in January.
These songs weren’t supposed to form a whole new record, but, Grande clarified: “I was just like, wow, I love all of these so much, this is like an album.”
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17 November, 2019