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Ariana Grande is the first woman to land No. 1 on the Hot 100 in three years

Ariana Grande is the first woman to land No. 1 on the Hot 100 in three years

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Thanks to her surprise break-up anthem, Ariana Grande is the first woman in three years to land a single at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Grande released her latest song, Thank U, Next, on 3 November following the dissolution of her engagement to comedian Pete Davidson. Prior to the song’s release, Davidson joked about the break-up on Saturday Night Live.

Fans immediately rallied around the song. Following its surprise debut, it broke streaming records on Spotify. It now boasts more than 45 million streams, making it the third-biggest streaming debut of 2018.

Today (12 November), it de-throned Maroon 5’s Girls Like You and became the number one song on the Hot 100.

On Twitter, she wrote she didn’t ‘have words’ following the honor.

This is Grande’s first ever single to debut in the number one slot.

Earlier this year, her song No Tears Left to Cry from her fourth studio album, Sweetener, earned third place on the Hot 100.

She came closest in 2014, when her song Problem reached spot number two but never made it to the coveted highest spot.

The last woman to debut a song at number one was Adele, with Hello in 2015.

In 2018, only Beyoncé, Camila Cabello, and Cardi B have topped the list — and now Grande.

Joining the big leagues

Only 32 songs, including Thank U, Next, have ever debuted at number one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.

Michael Jackson was the first artist to accomplish this in 1995 with his single You Are Not Alone.

Only weeks later, Mariah Carey became the first woman to have a single debut at number one with her song Fantasy. She’s also the only artist to have done this three times. Following Fantasy, her songs One Sweet Day and Honey also debuted at number one.

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