Ariana on Top

Brooke Griffin, Staff Writer

Ariana Grande recently made history on February 23rd by becoming the first to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since The Beatles. She’s the first ever solo artist to achieve this accomplishment. She holds this record with the songs “7 Rings,” “Break Up with Your Girlfriend,” and “Thank U Next”, all from her fifth studio album released on February 8, 2019.

The album features a total of 12 songs which have all made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously. “Thank U, Next” joins “Lemonade” as the only female albums in history to have all of its tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Beyoncé achieved this record back in 2016. Her album also featured 12 songs.

The Beatles are the only act to chart in the Billboard Hot 100’s top five spots simultaneously. The week of April 4, 1964, they ranked at numbers 1-5 with their songs “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me,” respectively. They also hold a variety of Billboard records, with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “She Loves You,”

The Beatles are the only act to have three consecutive number ones on the Billboard Hot 100.  The Fab Four hold one of the most vaunted records in all of Billboard chart history: the most Billboard Hot 100 number ones of all time, that being 20. The Beatles reign as the Number one artist of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 55 years. The band processes the most Billboard Hot 100 top 10s among 34 groups, from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in 1964 through “Free as a Bird” in 1996.

Ariana Grande and The Beatles aren’t the only artists who have come close to holding the top three spot record. Last year in 2018, Drake almost won this title with his songs “Nice for What,” “Nonstop,” and “God’s Plan.” They held spots 1, 2, and 4.

Ariana has had a streak of success recently with winning her first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album on February 10th, just under two weeks before obtaining her Billboard Hot 100 record. Although she was not able to accept her award because she did not attend the Grammy’s due to dispute with the show’s producers, she went to Twitter to explain and thank her team and everyone who helped her.

Her Grammy was for previous album “Sweetener”, which came out in August of 2018. She went up against Camila Cabello with “Camila”, Kelly Clarkson with “Meaning Of Life”, Taylor Swift with “Reputation,” Shawn Mendes with “Shawn Mendes,” and P!nk with “Beautiful Trauma.” “Sweetener” is Grande’s third number one album on the Billboard 200 that features her hit singles “no tears left to cry” and “God is a woman.”

Those aren’t Grande’s only accomplishments. Back in 2014, she won a Bambi award for Shooting Star. In 2014, she won an iHeartRadio Music award for iHeartRadio Young Influencer. She has won two Kids’ Choice awards for Favorite TV Actress for Sam & Cat in 2014 and for Favorite Song for her song “Bang Bang,” shared with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj in 2015. She has won 2 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), Best Pop Video in 2014 with “Problem” and Best Pop Video in 2018 with “No Tears Left to Cry.” She won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist in 2014. She also won a Teen Choice Award in 2014 for Choice Single: Female Artist shared with Iggy Azalea for their song “Problem.”