Glittery pop sensation Ariana Grande has become the first recording artist to hold the top three spots of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously since The Beatles achieved it in 1964.
The ex-Nickelodeon star is just the second musical act in the 60-year history of Billboard’s Hot 100 to land all three top spots in a week. The Beatles managed to hold the podium back on April 25, 1964, with their now iconic hits “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret”.
Along with ruling the singles chart, Ariana Grande’s latest album Thank U, Next has premiered at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums table.
Her single “7 Rings” stands on the top of the Hot 100 for the fourth consecutive week, while “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” debuted at #2. Her single “Thank U, Next”, which stood at the top when it was released, dropped to #7 but has since jumped to #3 – thereby etching Grande’s name in music history.
The Billboard Hot 100 groups all genres and tallies data from radio airplay, streaming services and digital sales.
Interestingly, the chart’s top spot has now been held by a female artist for seven consecutive weeks – just one week away from beating 2018’s record of eight straight weeks. The all-time best year for female acts on the Billboard Hot 100 was 2016, when Rihanna, Adele and Sia shared top spot on the chart for 16 consecutive weeks.
Drake is the only other artist to have come close to The Beatles’ (and now Grande’s) feat after placing three singles at #1, #2 and #4 last year.
In retrospect, the table shows the dominance of pop over every other genre of music, displacing rock, electronica, R&B and rap. Maybe the world is going to end soon after all.