Ariana Grande breaks YouTube record with Thank You, Next

Ariana Grande's Thank You, Next has been wildly popular even before the music video started breaking records. Pic credit: Ariana Grande/YouTUbe
Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next was wildly popular even before the music video started breaking records. Pic credit: Ariana Grande/YouTube

Ariana Grande has a lot to be grateful for right now, including the screaming success of her new music video for Thank You, Next.

There’s no arguing that Ariana’s new song is a hit, especially after it smashed the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours.

The music video for Thank You, Next was released at midnight PST on Friday night and within 22 hours of being on YouTube, Ariana’s latest hit was viewed more than 46 million times according to Variety.

That beat the old record held by K-pop supergroup BTS, who previously snagged the viewing record for their release of Idol back in August.

The YouTube record is not the only one broken by Thank You, Next, giving Ariana Grande even more to be grateful for. During the initial release of the music video, YouTube announced that there were 829,000 viewers watching at the same time at it’s highest point.

There was also a chat record set when the music video debuted as more than 516,000 messages were posted during the initial premiere, causing delays in the posting system.

A lot of different things can be credited for Ariana Grande’s most recent success, including her recent break up with Pete Davidson. While she mentioned several of her exes in the song itself, Ariana left out Pete’s name but it’s clear that the song itself and the timing was inspired by their split.

Then there’s the music video itself, which pays homage to a list of popular movies including Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and 13 Going On 30.

Thank You, Next also got a Kardashian boost with Kris Jenner’s cameo. She appears during a talent show scene borrowed straight from Mean Girls and plays the overzealous audience mom who wants to capture the whole performance on film.

There’s no denying that Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next is creative both in song and as a music video. Previous record breakers on YouTube in addition to Ariana Grande and BTS include Eminem, Taylor Swift, Blackpink, Psy and Adele.

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