EntertainmentAriana Grande ties with Taylor Swift with sixth #1 Billboard debut

Ariana Grande ties with Taylor Swift with sixth #1 Billboard debut

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Ariana Grande is seen on November 16, 2023 in New York City.  (Photo by DAMEBK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Ariana Grande is seen on November 16, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by DAMEBK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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10:13 AM EST, January 23, 2024

Ariana Grande has once again taken the music world by storm with her latest single, "Yes, and?," debuting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. This marks Grande's sixth #1 debut, tying her with Taylor Swift for the most #1 debuts among female artists. "yes, and?" is the first single from her upcoming seventh studio album, Eternal Sunshine, and represents a significant achievement for Grande, who co-produced the track. This is her first solo #1 hit since "Positions" in 2020​​​​.

Max Martin: A Record-Breaking Collaboration

The song's success also highlights the extraordinary career of Max Martin, Grande's co-writer and co-producer. With "Yes, and?," Martin surpasses The Beatles producer George Martin by achieving the most #1 hits in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, a staggering 24 in total. This achievement also ties him with John Lennon for having penned the second-most #1 hits, trailing only behind Paul McCartney's record of 32​​​​.

A Rare Musical Feat

The debut of "Yes, and?" at number one is a rare accomplishment in the music industry. Since the Billboard Hot 100's inception, only 74 songs have achieved this feat out of over 1,100 that have hit the top spot. This indicates a highly anticipated release, a strong, supportive fan base, and effective promotional strategies. The practice of songs debuting at number one has been historically rare, with Michael Jackson being the first artist to achieve this in 1995 with "You Are Not Alone."

Conclusion: Grande's Growing Legacy

Ariana Grande's latest success with "Yes, and?" is more than just another chart-topper; it's a testament to her enduring popularity and evolving artistry. As she prepares to release her seventh studio album, Eternal Sunshine, Grande continues to cement her place in music history while propelling collaborators like Max Martin to new heights. Her ability to consistently debut at the top reflects her musical talent and deep connection with her audience. As she ties with Taylor Swift for this unique record, Grande's career trajectory continues to be one of groundbreaking achievements and artistic evolution.

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