Congrats are in order for Ariana Grande! The young songstress recently achieved an impressive (and rare!) music industry feat.
Billboard announced on February 19 that the singer had claimed all top three spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. That’s a major accomplishment in its own right, but what makes it even more historic is the fact that Ariana is the first artist to achieve this feat since the Beatles did for the first (and last) time in 1964.
The legendary music group held all top three spots (for “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”) for a whopping five weeks in 1964 — March 14, 21, and 28, and April 4 and 25.
During the week of April 4, 1964, the Beatles actually held the entire top five with their various singles.
The song “7 Rings,” Ariana’s second single from her new album Thank U, Next, has topped the Hot 100 for four weeks straight. Her latest single, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” debuted and is holding at No. 2, while title track “Thank U, Next” is currently sitting at No. 3 after previously spending seven weeks in the No. 1 spot.
The pop star was, understandably, stunned. She responded to the announcement by tweeting, “wait what,” soon followed by another tweet that read, “what the f*ck is going on.” As it turns out, she genuinely didn’t believe she’d accomplished this feat.
“I laughed when I saw this bc i thought y’all edited it,” she later explained via Twitter, continuing, “thank u from the bottom of my heart. for so many reasons. first time since the beatles huh. that’s wild. i thought this was a joke when i saw it i’m not kidding. i love u. so much. always have n will. thank u for everything.”
Of course, Ariana’s recent string of successes hasn’t been without controversy. Earlier this year, she faced accusations of racial appropriation for “7 Rings” and its accompanying music video. Check out the video to see how Ariana responded to that backlash.
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