Ariana Grande freaked out when one of her heroes unwittingly quoted her latest song.
Before she released her new single Thank U, Next, she let two former flames - Big Sean and Ricky Alvarez - hear it in advance. She has to have at least a few No. 1s already, right?
Per Billboard, the song is also the 32nd song in the chart's 60-year history to debut at No. 1 and the first by a woman in three years (the last female-fronted single to do so was Adele's "Hello" in 2015). After Billboard revealed the breezy and lovely single has zoomed on up to the top of the Hot 100, Grande tweeted, "for once i don't really have words. i love u so much and thank u".
Pop music gets a bad reputation for superficiality and catering to teenage girls, but Grande's "thank u, next" helps reinvent that perspective and shows how pop songs can be just as powerful as songs from any other genre. @billboardcharts HOT 100 #1!
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The rest of the song is a powerful statement from Grande regarding how she has someone new in her life - herself.
"I've loved, and I've lost, but that's not what I see". Fantastic achievement ... as for me, every song you have ever recorded is #1, including all the ones I have on my old computers, teehee, but I'm so happy you got this billboard credit to your name!
Sweetener is out now via Republic Records. The song was streamed over 9 million times worldwide and 4 million in the U.S.in a single day. The "thank u, next" parent album is expected to be released in the near future. So much so, the pop singer joked about getting the whole awkward tweet of Mark Hamill explaining himself tattooed on her forehead. May the ponytail be with you.