American pop star Ariana Grande’s music video for the hit single titled “Thank U, Next” now holds the record of being the fastest song to get 100 million views on YouTube, the platform told AFP on Wednesday. After dropping the music video on Friday, it needed little more than three days to eclipse South Korea’s Psy, whose video for Gentleman took a few hours longer to hit 100 million views in 2013.
Grande, 25, had teased the video – which recreates scenes from several 2000s-era teen films including Mean Girls and Legally Blonde – for weeks after releasing the break-up anthem on 5 November. Thank U, Next also broke the record for most views in the 24 hours after its YouTube release with 55.4 million, smashing the previous record of 45.9 million views held by Korean boy band BTS for Idol.
In the song, Grande reflects on former loves including rappers Big Sean and the late Mac Miller as well as the comedian and actor Pete Davidson, with whom she had a brief but heavily publicised engagement. The track earned Grande, who launched her career acting in a series for the youth network Nickelodeon, her first number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, a music industry standard chart based on sales along with online streaming and radio play.
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