thank u, next” doesn’t apply to Ariana Grande.
The 25-year-old pop singer just hit a milestone that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles: powered by her latest album, Grande swept the No. 1, 2, and 3 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “7 Rings,” “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” and “thank u, next,” respectively.
In the 60-year existence of the Billboard chart, only two acts achieved this simultaneously: Grande and The Beatles. For five weeks in March and April 1964, the British icons held those spots with “Can’t Buy Me Love” at No. 1, “Twist and Shout” at No. 2, and “Do You Want to Know a Secret” at No. 3.
Drake came close to joining these acts when he placed No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 in July 2018 with “Nice for What,” “Nonstop” and “God’s Plan,” respectively.
Grande’s music video for the title track — filled to the brim with rom-com references and her own Mean Girls Burn Book — brightened the spotlight on her musical ode to ex-boyfriends. Then the tattoo fiasco drew attention to “7 Rings,” which is in its fourth week on the airwaves, and the drama with the Grammys (she won a statuette but didn’t attend the ceremony over a conflict with the show’s producer) kept Grande in the headlines.
All her hard work is now paying off in a big way.
By Nick Romano