From her starring role in Nickelodeon’s Victorious to the ponytailed pop star we all know today, Ariana Grande is one of the most influential and dominant musical figures of the decade. Whether it’s a boom in artists adapting to her trap-pop formula or the hordes of teenage girls trying on oversized sweaters and cat ears, her enduring chart success has shown that she’s just getting started.
Here are some of Grande’s most impressive career-spanning facts and figures as we gear up for the release of her sixth album, positions, on October 30.
4: #1 Singles
It’s hard to believe Grande didn’t have a Billboard #1 single until the ubiquitous self-love anthem that was “thank u, next.” Since then, Grande has racked up four number one hits, all four of which have debuted in the top spot. With her most recent chart-topper, “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga, Grande broke out of a tie with Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, and Drake for the most songs ever to open at the summit.
5: Albums in the Billboard Top 10
Since debuting with the doo-wop tinged Yours Truly back in 2013, each of Grande’s lead singles from her five previously-released albums have debuted in the Billboard Top 10. She is the only artist in history to accomplish this feat. After humbly starting at #9 with “The Way,” she followed up with “Problem,” “Dangerous Woman,” “no tears left to cry,” and “thank u, next.” Her latest single, “positions,” is well on track to follow the trend.
8: Guinness Book of World Records
In addition to her many musical accolades, Grande is successful enough that she can claim to be an equally outstanding human being as that one lady with the excessively long fingernails. She is the current holder of eight certifications from the Guinness Book of World Records. Her records mostly have to do with Spotify streaming on her massive singles “thank u, next” and “7 rings,” which became the song with the most-ever opening week streams—totaling nearly 15 million.
9: Original Holiday Hits
There have been countless comparisons made to the “Queen of Christmas” Mariah Carey throughout Grande’s career, but she can stake her own claim on the holiday season as well. Over the course of two Christmas-themed EPs and a couple of standalone tracks, Grande has recorded nine original Christmas songs. Throw on Christmas & Chill this December if you’re tired of hearing the old classics year after year.
There’s no better way to utilize all of the space in your Hollywood Hills mansion than filling it up with canine companions. A true animal lover, Grande currently owns 12 pets: 11 dogs (including Vogue cover star Toulouse) and a micro-pig with the impeccable name Piggy Smallz. Every one of her dogs was a rescue, and three are named after Harry Potter characters: Lily, Snape, and Sirius.
15: The Age She Hit Broadway
While known primarily as a pop princess and TV child star, Grande’s first love was actually musical theatre. She got her professional career started at the age of only 15 on Broadway, performing in the musical 13. However, Grande has been belting out the showtunes ever since she performed at age eight in a South Florida community theatre production of Annie, where she, of course, donned the iconic red wig of the titular role.
Remember Coachella? In April 2019, Grande brought her Sweetener World Tour set to the world’s flagship music festival. At age 25, she was the youngest person in the festival’s history to achieve headliner status and brought out guests like Nicki Minaj, Diddy and even a reunited ‘NSYNC. Grande was paid $8 million for her appearances over the festival’s two consecutive weekends.
46: Star-Studded Collabs
Despite her most successful album being a highly personal one-woman show, Grande is no stranger to collaboration, releasing 46 songs as a co-headliner over the course of her career. She has worked with modern artists as diverse as Young Thug and Lana Del Rey, as well as legends like Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, and even Andrea Bocelli. Her go-to collaborative partner is Nicki Minaj, who she has released six tracks with.
Most of these facts about Grande could be told through her very own body art. Ever since commemorating the release of her first album with a small heart on her toe, Grande has been to the tattoo parlour 55 times. Most draw reference to her own songs, critical life events, and of course, her favourite pop culture properties. Her life story is told through everything from her childhood area code, moving tributes to late ex-partner Mac Miller, and one of her largest, Spirited Away’s Chihiro; a character who Grande cites as a personal hero.
62: Baby, Baby, Baby
In what is a personal favourite outrageous fact about Grande, in her 2013 single “Baby I,” she ends up saying the word “baby” 62 times. For a song that stands at three minutes and 17 seconds in length, that’s approximately 18.9 babies per minute, nearing a third of the entire song. Regardless, the track contains some of her most impressive vocal runs and whistle notes.
Over the course of her 11-year singing and acting career, Grande has been the recipient of 130 competitive awards from award shows all over the world. That grand total includes three American Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, 12 Teen Choice Awards, and surprisingly enough, only a single Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Album for 2018’s Sweetener. That’s enough to take up quite a few trophy cabinets.
1964: History In The Making
While Drake once famously claimed that he has “more slaps than The Beatles,” there’s one record by the Fab Four that he hasn’t been able to touch—yet. Upon the release of Grande’s last album, thank u, next, she became the first artist since 1964 to occupy the entire top 3 of the Billboard charts with the album’s three singles. Impressively, all but one of the album’s tracks charted in the Top 40 in the same week. Of course, The Beatles had the entire top 5, but that’s another story.
29M: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
One of the most incredible achievements in Grande’s career so far was how quickly she was able to get back on stage and present the benefit concert One Love Manchester in the aftermath of a tragic bombing at a 2017 concert. With guest performers including Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, and Grande’s own show-stopping cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the show raised the equivalent of about $29 million CAD for the victims and their families.
204M: Instagram Followers
While the record was held for many years by fellow child star Selena Gomez, in February 2019 Grande passed her to become the most-followed woman on Instagram. She currently stands at 204 million as she continues to post almost exclusively selfies and dogs, which is a pretty winning combination. This past September, she became only the second person to hit 200 million, after soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
1.7B: Streams on YouTube
Despite hitting some impressive YouTube numbers on her recent singles, Grande’s most-viewed video on the platform is her Dangerous Woman single “Side To Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj. Racking up 1.7 billion views, or about a fifth of the world’s population, Grande’s visual ode to the stationary bike reigns supreme. Never underestimate the power of two famously rabid fandoms uniting.