Ariana Grande Breaks 20th Guinness World Records After ‘Positions’ Becomes A Hit

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How did Ariana Grande come to break the Guinness World Records?

Ariana Grande has exceeded expectations once again, as the pop sensation breaks the Guinness World Records. After over a decade of being under the spotlight, Ariana Grande has finally broken 20 prominent record titles, which have made her a place among the list of legendary icons throughout history.

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The “Princess of Pop”, as she is known among her fans who are called the ‘Arianators’, has lived up to her name once again, with accolades spanning from chart-topping music to many important awards to her name. And not just this, she has even shattered a lot of social media records.

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However, the major boost to her reputation as an artist and a musician comes from her latest album ‘Positions’, which has helped Ariana Grande earn her 20th Guinness World Records title and also breaking the record for most songs to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, according to guinnessworldrecords.com. What makes this achievement special is that Grande is the only artist in history to have accomplished this.

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According to guinnessworldrecords.com, her single ‘Positions’ reached No. 1 on November 7, 2020, with the singer achieving the Billboard Hot 100 chart spot for a total of 5 songs. Her other chart-topping songs include, ‘thank u, next (17 November 2018), ‘7 rings’ (2 February 2019), ‘Stuck with U’ (feat. Justin Bieber; 23 May 2020), and ‘Rain on Me’ (Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande; 6 June 2020).

Other than Ariana Grande, no other musician has been able to achieve this feat yet. Some of those who have gone the closest include, Mariah Carey, Drake, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and BTS.

The Guinness World Records titles held by Ariana Grande

Most streamed track on Spotify in one week (female)– “7 rings”, with 71,467,874 streams on Spotify for the week ending 24 January 2019.

Most followers on Spotify (female)– 54+ million followers as of 13 December 2020.


First solo act to occupy top three positions simultaneously on US singles chart – With “7 Rings” at No.1, “Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” at No.2, and “Thank U, Next” at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated 23 February 2019.


Fastest hat-trick of UK No.1 singles by a female artist – 98 days with songs “Thank U, Next”, “7 Rings”, and ““Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored”.

Most simultaneous Top 40 entries on US singles chart by a female artist – On the Billboard Hot 100 dated 23 February 2019, Ariana Grande had 11 tracks in the Top 40 except one from her No.1 album Thank U, Next. As well as occupying the top three positions with “7 Rings”, “Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “Thank U, Next”, Grande debuted with “Needy” (No.14), “NASA” (No.17), “Imagine” (No.21), “Bloodline” (No.22), “Ghostin” (No.25), “Fake Smile” (No.26), “Bad Idea” (No.27) and “In My Head” (No.38)

First female artist to replace herself at No.1 on UK singles chart– Grande spent three weeks at No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart with “7 Rings” before reaching the top with “Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored”, on 21 February 2019.

Most streamed track on Spotify in one week– 71,467,874 streams, with “7 Rings”.

First solo artist to replace themselves at No.1 on UK singles chart for two consecutive weeks– Ariana Grande spent three weeks at No.1 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart with “7 Rings” before reaching the top with “Break up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” on 21 February 2019, and then replacing herself at No.1 again with “7 Rings” on 28 February 2019.

Most popular Eevee tattoo– This black-and-white tattoo has been approved by 12,146 of the pop star’s Snapchat followers.

Most subscribers for a musician on YouTube (female) – 41.1 million subscribers.

Most MTV VMA nominations for Best Collaboration – 6 nominations, as of 30 July 2020.

Most followers on Instagram for a female musician– 219+ million followers as of 31 January 2021.

Most followers on Instagram for a female – 219+ million followers as of 31 January 2021.

Most streamed album by a female artist in one week (USA) – ‘Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande (USA) gained 307 million on-demand audio streams in the US in the week after the album’s release on 8 February 2019. In total, the 12 tracked album had been streamed 166,408,992 times on Spotify as of 14 February 2019, with only “Make Up” attracting less than 10 million streams for the week.

Most streamed album by a female artist in one week (UK) –’Thank U, Next’ by Ariana Grande gained 59 million on-demand audio streams in the UK in the week after the album’s release on 8 February 2019,

Most streamed pop album in one week (USA)– ‘Thank U, Next’ gained 307 million on-demand audio streams in the US in the week following the album’s release on 8 February 2019

Most streamed track in one week by a female artist on the Billboard charts – “thank u, next” was streamed 93,800,000 times for the week ending 6 December 2018.

Most monthly listeners on Spotify for a female – 76,729,036 monthly listeners.

Most streamed act on Spotify (female) – As of 13 December 2020, songs by Ariana Grande have been streamed 21.6 billion times on Spotify. “7 rings” and “thank u, next”, the 10th and 11th tracks on her 2019 album ‘Thank U, Next’, are Grande’s most popular hits with 1.32 billion and 1.22 billion streams registered, respectively. “7 rings” is Spotify’s most streamed track in a single week, posting 71,467,874 streams for the week ending 24 January 2019.

Most songs to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 – Grande has a total of five No.1 debuts on the US Hot 100 singles chart: “thank u, next” (17 November 2018), “7 rings” (2 February 2019), “Stuck with U” (feat. Justin Bieber; 23 May 2020), “Rain on Me” (Lady Gaga feat. Ariana Grande; 6 June 2020) and “Positions” (7 November 2020).

A little bit on Ariana Grande’s career as a musician

Ariana Grande breaking the Guinness World Records acts as a major impetus in her career as a musician in the music industry and the entertainment business. This comes off as one of her greatest achievements in her career, which kick-started in her teens.

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Grande is known for her high-range vocal prowess and her iconic voice which made her worthy of earning a place in the Billboard Top 100. She achieved this victory through her debut single ‘The Way’ which also featured late rapper Mac Miller, on her first album ‘Yours Truly’. The singer went on to release eight studio albums since then.

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