To say that Ariana Grande has had a busy year is as obvious as it is a pretty big understatement. Fresh off her second album in less than a year and a not-quite-corrected hand tattoo, the 25-year-old singer has joined this little band called the Beatles in making musical history. If you find that sentence hard to believe, don’t worry – even Grande herself seems to be having some trouble wrapping her head around it.
The history-making in question revolves around Grande climbing the ladder into the heavens of pop to join the Beatles as the only other artist to simultaneously hold the first, second and third spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 60-year lifetime. Grande’s “7 rings”, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”, and “thank u, next” join the Fab Four’s “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist & Shout,” and “She Loves You” as the only two trios to hold the honour.
— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) February 19, 2019
Though pulling off this chart magic may seem more doable in the binge-listening era of streaming, it’s a feat that try as he might (and oh did he try), not even Drake could pull off – the Toronto rapper landing the number 1, 2, and 4 spots in the wake of last year’s Scorpion is the closest anyone has come to achieving what Grande and the Beatles have. Ariana Grande knows this, though – which is why the news of her accomplishment seemed to leave even her in disbelief:
i laughed when i saw this bc i thought y’all edited it. 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. https://t.co/133Fp690fT
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2019
Grande’s next hurdle: join the Beatles in their record for holding the top five consecutive spots on the Billboard charts. Given how much of an unstoppable pop force Grande seems to be right now – not to mention that she achieved such honours with an album that isn’t even two weeks old yet – makes us think such achievements might not be out of the question.