Ariana Grande Breaks YouTube Premiere Record With 'Thank U, Next' Video
Ariana Grande is a record-breaking queen. The pop star debuted the music video for her No. 1 hit "thank u, next" on Friday (Nov. 30), and it became the biggest video ever on YouTube's Premiere feature, which allows viewers to tune in to a new clip simultaneously, with a countdown clock and a group chat. At its peak, there were more than 829,000 simultaneous viewers.
The highly teased visual re-created scenes from the iconic 2000s flicks Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and 13 Going on 30.
Billboard's 2018 Woman of the Year went all out with celebrity cameos, including "cool mom" Kris Jenner wielding a video camera and the actual Aaron Samuels (actor Johnathan Bennett) in the Mean Girls scenes.
The breakup anthem is Grande's first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, and it has remained atop the chart for three weeks. She was the first woman to debut at No. 1 since "Hello" by Adele in 2015.
Arianators could not contain their excitement while watching and ended up breaking yet another YouTube record by sending more than 516,000 chat messages during the premiere. This all comes after the singer was crowned the most-streamed artist worldwide on Spotify.
Check out the "thank u, next" video below.