Ariana Grande Continues to Win the Breakup by Getting First No. 1 Song

In the breakup Olympics, Ariana Grande’s going for gold. Or platinum. Or hell, even diamond if her followers have their approach. Ari’s splendid kiss-off to all of the boys she’s liked earlier than, “Thank U, Next,” has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, turning into her first-ever No. 1 track and 11th top-ten single. (She beforehand reached No. 2 with “Problem,” and No. three with “No Tears Left to Cry” and “Bang Bang.”) It’s additionally one of many uncommon pop songs to high the charts on this rap-dominated 12 months (suppose Drake’s insane multi-month run at No. 1 for 3 completely different songs).

Ari’s newest hit, which broke an entire host of beforehand damaged streaming data (therefore, the No. 1) upon its shock pre-SNL launch, is the primary by a feminine artist to debut at No. 1 since Adele’s “Hello” in 2015. She turns into the primary lady in chart historical past to have the lead single from every of her first 5 albums debut within the high ten. And, in response to Chart Data, she can be solely the fourth feminine artist to hit No. 1 this 12 months — together with Cardi B (twice), Beyoncé, and Camila Cabello — however is the primary to do it utterly solo. Because your woman Ari’s a free agent, child. A single Pringle. A one-woman present. A goddamned unbiased girl. Thank u, male placeholders whose sole goal is to supply fodder for breakup anthems. Who desires subsequent?