Is Ariana Grande the Next Mega Popstar?
Ariana Grande’s latest album My Everything has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, making it her second LP to reach the top spot in less than a year.
It’s an impressive feat for the 21-year-old pop artist, who has already been a major name in the music scene this summer. According to Billboard, the album, which hit shelves on August 25, sold 169,000 copies in its first week. That makes My Everything the second largest sales week for a female pop artist in 2014, following Lana del Rey’s Ultraviolence, which sold 182,000 copies. The sales also topped Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly, which came out early last September, reached No. 1 after selling 138,000 copies in its debut week.
Grande is the first woman to have her first two albums reach No. 1 in the same year since 2010, when Susan Boyle bowed atop the list with consecutive LP’s, 2009’s I Dreamed a Dream and 2010’s The Gift. Per Billboard, she is also only the third woman since the start of the SoundScan era (in 1991) to reach that milestone. LeAnn Rimes’s first two albums Blue and You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs also debuted at No. 1 in 1996 and 1997.
My Everything features three of Grande’s biggest singles so far: “Problem,” her track with Iggy Azalea, “Break Free,” which features Zedd, and “Bang Bang,” her collaborative song with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. All three of those songs reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Grande is only the second female artist to have three top 10 hits at the same time (with Adele being the first).