Ariana Grande Tops The UK Album And Singles Charts With ‘Positions’

Her new album has also given the the singer her fifth No. 1 album on North America’s Billboard 200 chart.

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Ariana Grande has done the chart double in the U.K., where her new album, Positions, released through Republic Records, and its title track have both hit the No.1 spots.

Positions logs 27,500 chart sales, including 27.6 million track streams, according to the Official Charts Company, to bow at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

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It’s Grande’s fourth consecutive leader on the survey, following Dangerous Woman (2016), Sweetener (2018), and Thank U, Next (2019).

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, “Positions” enters a second week at No. 1, while two more tracks from the LP crack the Top 40. Grande’s “34+35” is new at No. 9 and “Motive” featuring Doja Cat is at No. 16, extending her list of U.K. Top 40 hits to 28.

With this success, Grande becomes the fourth artist to achieve the chart double in 2020 (Drake, Eminem and Stormzy are the others), and the first female artist to score consecutive chart double wins in almost ten years (Rihanna did it in 2011).

Thanks to Grande’s chart domination, Sam Smith missed out on top spot with Love Goes (released through Capitol), new at No. 2 on the albums survey. It’s the end of a golden streak for Smith, whose previous two albums hit the summit of the national albums survey.

Elsewhere chart news, Paul Weller’s former band The Style Council scored their first Top 10 in 31 years with Long Hot Summers – The Story Of (Polydor/UMC), new at No. 8.

In the US, too, Ariana Grande has plenty to celebrate, as Positions gave the singer her fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The new set was released on October 30 by Republic Records and launches with 174,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending November 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Positions is Grande’s third No. 1 album in less than two years and three months – the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 proper studio albums ever by a woman.

Positions is out now and can be bought here.

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