Ariana Grande is First Ever Artist to Top U.K. Charts!
Ariana Grande has set yet another milestone record by becoming the first ever artist to have a No. 1 U.K. single based on combined sales and streaming, according to Billboard.com.
Grande's hit single "Problem", which features Iggy Azalea sold 113,000 copies last week, including 106,000 sales and 712,000 streams, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC), which compiles the British singles chart. According to the company's measures, a stream must be played for 30 seconds or more to register with 100 streams equivalent to 1 download sale.
The incorporation of audio streams into the Official U.K. Singles Chart was first introduced last week. "Problem" marks Grande's first song to hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts.
Commented Grande's manager Scooter Braun, "Landing her first Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart is an incredible achievement and another benchmark in the continued global success of "Problem." He added, "Thanks to the loyal U.K. fans whose incredible support has made this possible. This is your Number 1, too."
ARIANA GRANDE first landed at the top with her first full-length album for Republic Records, Yours Truly. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Billboard Digital Albums Chart, and iTunes Overall Albums Chart. Moreover, it yielded the game-changing pop smash "The Way" featuring Mac Miller. One of 2013's defining songs, the single went double-platinum, hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. In the aftermath, she was named "Best New Artist" at The American Music Awards in 2013.GRANDE's magnetic charm, impressive voice, and astounding presence have enchanted millions of fans worldwide. 2014 saw her reach incredible heights right out of the gate. The first single from her sophomore album, "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea, saw her become the "youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week".
In addition to ranking as the 4th "highest digital song debut for a female artist" and 8th highest ever, the platinum smash debuted at #1 on 50 countries, topping the iTunes overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. At radio, it went Top 10 at Top 40 and Top 5 at Rhythm. Other accolades followed throughout the year with GRANDE winning "Favorite Breakout Artist" at the People's Choice Awards 2014, the "Young Influencer Award" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the "Radio Disney Chart Topper Award", and more.
Grande made her Broadway debut in the musical '13.'