Ariana Grande’s new album Thank U, Next has stormed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Released on 8 February through Republic Records, the album is Grande’s fourth US chart-topper. It also launches with the biggest streaming week ever for a pop album.
Thank U, Next moved 360,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending 14 February, according to Nielsen Music. The set launches with the biggest week for a pop album in over a year and garners Grande her second Billboard 200 No. 1 placing in less than six months. Of Thank U, Next’s starting unit sum, 116,000 were in album sales.
Grande’s Fourth No. 1 album follows last year’s Sweetener (which debuted atop the list dated 1 September 2018), My Everything (13 September, 2014) and Yours Truly (21 September, 2013). Grande now ties with Taylor Swift for the second-most No. 1s among women this decade, trailing Lady Gaga, with five leaders since 2010.
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 2 June, 2018 and Love Yourself: Answer on 8 September 2018). In 2017, rapper Future nabbed an unprecedented pair of back-to-back new No. 1s in successive weeks (with his self-titled album on 11 March and HNDRXX on 18 March).
Thank U, Next also scores the biggest week for an album by a woman since Taylor Swift’s widely-acclaimed Reputation. Additionally, Thank U, Next has the largest week of any album since 13 October, 2018, when Lil Wayne’s long-anticipated Tha Carter V bowed at No. 1 with 480,000 units.
Furthermore, Grande’s new album 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).
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