Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100, Breaks New Streaming Record
After dropping to No. 2 last week on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, Ariana Grande's hit "thank u, next" rises to the top of the chart once again this week, for a total of four weeks at No. 1 so far. Last week's No. 1, Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," drops to No. 2 this week.
The premiere of Ariana's "thank u, next" music video on Friday, November 30, helped the song surge in streaming. The video broke Vevo and YouTube's 24-hour views record in less than a day, which had a very obvious effect on streaming elsewhere, too.
So much so, that "thank u, next" racked up a jaw-dropping 93.8 millions streams in the U.S. last week, according to Billboard and Nielsen Music. This is the biggest weekly total streams for a song by a female artist, ever. Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" previously held held the record after garnering 84.5 million streams in a week back in September 2017.
This new feat comes less than a week after Ariana was honored with Billboard's Woman of the Year award at their annual Women in Music event. Earlier today we named Ariana's Sweetener one of the 20 best albums of 2018.
Another noteworthy Hot 100 move this week is pop icon Mariah Carey's holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas is You" rising to No. 7, the song's highest position ever! Fans are hoping the song hits No. 1 before the season is over, which would give Carey her 19th No. 1 hit, further cementing her already-held title of the solo artist with the most No. 1's on the Hot 100.
Also, Meek Mill's "Going Bad" featuring Drake, off his recent hit Championships album, debuts at No. 6 this week, giving Meek his first-ever Top 10 hit on the Hot 100, and giving Drake his 33rd (!) Top 10 hit, cementing his title as the male artist with the most Hot 100 top 10 hits.