Ariana Grande Sets Pop Songs Chart Record as '7 Rings' Becomes Her Fourth No. 1 Since July
Grande passes Lady Gaga for the fastest accumulation of four leaders.
The coronation is record-setting, as Grande scores her fourth leader on the list in less than eight months, marking the quickest collection of four No. 1s by any artist in the chart's history.
Here's a rundown of Grande's six Pop Songs No. 1s, including her latest four since July:
"Problem" (feat. Iggy Azalea), July 12, 2014, two weeks
"Side to Side" (feat. Nicki Minaj), Dec. 24, 2016, five weeks
"No Tears Left to Cry," July 21, 2018, one week
"God Is a Woman," Nov. 10, 2018, one week
"Thank U, Next," Jan. 26, 2019, one week
"7 Rings," March 16, 2019, one week to date
"Tears" and "God" are from Grande's album Sweetener and "Next" and "Rings" are from follow-up Thank U, Next, released in August and February, respectively. "I never want to get lazy," Grande said ahead of being honored as Billboard's 2018 woman of the year in December. "I want to be able to do what is authentic and honest and natural. I feel like I've only scratched the surface of the artist I can be."
Grande narrowly bests Lady Gaga for the fastest accumulation of four Pop Songs No. 1s. Grande's span from charts dated July 21, 2018 through March 16, 2019 eeks out the win by a week over Gaga's stretch from July 25, 2009 through March 27, 2010, a run that encompassed the latter's leaders "LoveGame," "Paparazzi," "Bad Romance" and "Telephone," featuring Beyoncé.
Grande came within a notch of earning five Pop Songs No. 1s in her span of four toppers that started with "Tears": "Breathin," also from Sweetener, reached No. 2 in December.
The Pop Songs chart, which began in October 1992, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 167 mainstream top 40 stations.
"7 Rings," released on Republic Records, previously became Grande's second No. 1 on the all-genre, streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, beginning with its Feb. 2 start at the summit. "Next" debuted at No. 1 in November and ruled for seven weeks.
Meanwhile, "Next" logs a 13th week in the Pop Songs top five (holding at No. 4), marking Grande's longest stay in the region. "Side to Side" tallied 12 frames in the top five in 2016-17.
Plus, latest Thank U, Next single "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" bounds 17-13 on Pop Songs.
All charts will update tomorrow (March 12) on Billboard.com.