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Ariana Grande Is First Artist Whose First Two Billboard Hot 100 Leaders Debuted at No. 1

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Ariana Grande attends Billboard Women In Music 2018 on Dec. 6, 2018 in New York City.

'7 Rings' follows 'Thank U, Next' in starting at the summit.

Ariana Grande makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first artist whose first two No. 1s debuted at the pinnacle.

As previously reported, Grande's new single "7 Rings" soars in at No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Feb. 2, arriving as the week's most-streamed and top-selling song. It follows her first leader, "Thank U, Next," which launched at No. 1 on Nov. 17 and ruled for seven weeks.

While Grande is the fifth artist with multiple No. 1 Hot 100 debuts in the chart's 60-year history, joining Mariah Carey (the leader with three), Justin Bieber, Drake and Britney Spears (two each), no acts before Grande debuted at No. 1 with their first two Hot 100 leaders.

Bieber came within one spot of achieving the feat. "What Do You Mean?" bowed as his first Hot 100 No. 1 on Sept. 19, 2015, and follow-up "Sorry" started at No. 2 that Nov. 14, before reaching the top on Jan. 23, 2016.

After logging 34 Hot 100 entries beginning in 2013 and reaching a No. 2 high in 2014 with "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, Grande has now reigned with two of her last three charted titles. Bieber had a similar trajectory, first leading with his 47th entry, ending a record wait (by total career-opening titles). He's since upped his count to five Hot 100 No. 1s.