Chart Check: Ariana Grande Makes Hot 100 History With New Single ‘Focus’

Published: Monday 16th Nov 2015 by Rashad

Let’s face it:  Adele-mania is still very much running rampant.

While most artists see a severe decline in sales after a massive premiere week, reports have it her hit, ‘Hello,’ was greeted by news of 635,000 units moved its second week.  With this the powerhouse diva now occupies the number 1 and number 3 spots in history books for ‘most singles sold in a week.’

Yet, while Adele is definitely the one to watch this season, the focus isn’t entirely on her as fellow powerhouse, Ariana Grande, is posting mega-numbers in her own right. ‘Focus,’ the lead single from her forthcoming LP ‘Moonlight,’ is shining with an impressive top 10 debut on the wings of 113,000 sold and strong streaming numbers.  The tune’s chart placement gives her the distinct honor of being the first artist in history to debut in the top 10 on the Hot 100 with singles from his or her first three albums.

Nice going Ari and Addy!  Joined by Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift, the ladies put some much needed estrogen back into the Hot 100’s top 10. See last week’s updated chart below:

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  1. Truth November 16, 2015

    Means nothing. She’s not going to break through Adele’s stranglehold. I guess the donut licker is content being an also-ran.

    • You H*es Are Simple November 17, 2015

      The hot 100 consists of 100 entries. There’s room for music other than sad ass Adele songs. There’s room for everyone except for you know who ????

  2. TheGuest101 November 16, 2015

    I’m happy for Adele. She’s wonderfully authentic and I cannot wait to see her new album slay lives, critically and commercially but…

    I’d love to see a BLACK male or female SINGER occupying the charts like days of past – the 70s/80s especially. Where’s our generations Whitney Houston or Peabo Bryson?

    It makes me sad that record companies aren’t investing in and promoting BLACK vocalists like they use to do. John Legend did it last year and I know we have Beyonce and Rihanna (and others) now, I’m thankful for them but I NEED more than that.


    • Eldela November 16, 2015

      Your post veered into something entirely off topic.

    • OMG Logic!!! November 16, 2015

      Artists of color have occupied the top of the charts all year long. I think it’s okay for the White girl to her time in the spotlight, don’t you think?

    • black heart people November 16, 2015

      why does it have to be about race ..people tired hearing pure s** song thats what black people can only sing about

      • You H*es Are Simple November 17, 2015

        Wow stupid s**** you really let your idiot b*tch flag fly. Probably the stupidest comment I’ve ever seen posted on TGJ

  3. Dime a’ Dozen November 16, 2015


    The charts are FUQING AWFUL today.

    Why is it that I see a PLETHORA of white artists, all of different music styles, charting but the Black artists who are charting are either Pop-rappers or dance-rappers.

    So, they can promote white acts singing soul, r&b, country, folk, rock etc. but only promote Black acts doing the stereotypical hip-hop sound?

    But whatever… there haven’t been true Black superstars since MJ and Whitney and their dead so…!!!

    • Delroy Dussard November 16, 2015

      I couldn’t agree with you more the music industry is close to death as far as I am concerned. I thought last year was bad but this year music has been pathetic across all genre’s. I have only heard a handful of songs this year that I have liked or even remember and this peados dream is horrible to watch dance wise the music is horrible the dance moves are pathetic and looks the same as the one with iggy rant over need better decent musicians and vocalist not studio enhanced auto tuned trash

  4. What now November 16, 2015

    Damn the Payola is REAL!!!!! She went from bottom of Bubbling Under Charts to top 10 in 6 blinks of the third eye. Slay I guess

  5. la femme November 16, 2015

    Why we acting like the single didn’t sell over 200K first week like Problem did after a whole month of hyping it

  6. Barb-wire November 16, 2015

    Still a horrible song, I listened to it once and I do not want to listen to her music ever again. What garbage.

    • Chaelin Lee (p.k.a – CL) is coming | 재 이현 김 November 16, 2015

      That’s people felt when your fave released anaconda.

      • Chaelin Lee (p.k.a – CL) is coming | 재 이현 김 November 16, 2015

        That’s how*

      • Delroy Dussard November 17, 2015

        I like nicki but I hate that trashy song and star ships

  7. Linear November 16, 2015

    I am so tired of people using the comments section of Adele and Ariana posts to bemoan about the state of black music, and cry about wishing black artists could make similar moves. What does any of that have to do with Ariana Grande? Is she sabotaging black artists? Is her team going out of their way to make sure that any and all of her black counterparts don’t receive as much notoriety as she does? The answer is no. You wanna know why Ariana, Taylor and Adele are winning? Because they all have very powerful and expensive handlers who know how to manipulate the market in their favor. Don’t begrudge them for having their affairs in order enough to prosper.

    Most black artists today have incompetent teams and management who barely know what they’re doing and have little industry pull. Why? Because most of them are too cheap to come out of their pockets to pay for the higher grade marketing that Ariana has. That wasn’t the case with Whitney and MJ. They were able to peak the way they did is because they had intelligence and money behind them to make sure their presence was felt and work was received. Tinashe, Ciara, August Alsina and hacks like them are all too cheap or broke to do the same, and so they flop. The same way Jessie J, Rita Ora and just about every hard rock band today flops for similar reasons, so miss me on the “black” thing. It’s a competence thing.

    In the 70s, 80s and 90s black artists were smarter and their teams knew what they were doing. These days, black artists are either clueless or cheap, so they fail. They’ll do better on the charts when they stop thinking that their careers are a Tumblr account, become better chess players and stop hiring the music industry equivalent to a public defender. Until then they will continue to flop while a bunch of idiots come to TGJ to complain about it.

    • Lisa November 16, 2015

      I hear they’re selling chill pills at Walgreens, get you some

    • Chaelin Lee (p.k.a – CL) is coming | 재 이현 김 November 16, 2015


    • When Rihsus Says Yes… November 16, 2015

      All that yip yapping and you still ain’t said shyt. Gurl, dust!

    • Pray for the Youth November 16, 2015

      “You wanna know why Ariana, Taylor, and Adele, are winning? Because they all have powerful and expensive handlers who manipulate the market in their favor…” I COMPLETELY agree that, THAT is the reason why theyre winning. Because It certainly isn’t their talent… (I would exempt Ariana because she is exceptionally talented imo, but my problem with her is that she is capable of being great, but she’d rather satisfy the radio with those microwaveable, mediocre records, so she stays). I do want to say also that artists like Taylor and Adele do not need the market manipulated in their favor. The market it is already in their favor. That’s the problem. That’s what everyone in this post is saying. Of course, black people have and can still be successful in spite of, but just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean anything has changed. I do agree with you though that posts about other artists like this one isn’t the place for these concerns. Adele and Taylor aren’t at fault for anything…. Even if they are half as talented as their black counterparts but gain twice the amount of recognition… Seriously though, it’s not.

  8. Chaelin Lee (p.k.a – CL) is coming | 재 이현 김 November 16, 2015

    Cute song. Can never say that I hated an Ariana song. She’s talented pretty and young. But CL still wears this hair better than her.

    • When Rihsus Says Yes… November 16, 2015

      Shut your ching-chong a*** up.

  9. ????Queen Molly???? November 16, 2015

    Congrats Ariana knew focus would be a hit.

    • When Rihsus Says Yes… November 16, 2015

      You are my favorite troll in the comment section. You give zero fvcks, and I love it.

  10. King Stephy November 16, 2015

    Slay Ariana! Precious baby.

  11. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 16, 2015

    Good job for Ariana! I’ll be surprised if the single actually ascends on the chart, after the backlash it’s received recently. I think she just needs to promote it Mose, so that people will get used to it. She claimed that no other song on the album is like it and that it’s simply a “transitional” single from the precious era to the new era, so I really hope her next single will take a risk musically and ultimately become her first #1.

  12. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 16, 2015

    I have no idea why Taylor would choose to release “Wildest Dreams” when the fans were practically begging her for “New Romantics”. Plus, since it’s a deluxe edition track, it would ultimately increase the albums sales, since everyone that has a standard copy already has “Wildest Dreams”. Honestly, she should’ve even considered “I Know Places” as another option too, but since she feels like dropping the ball, she can go ahead and do that. By the way, she hinted that “Out of the Woods” is the next and final single, which is dumb and a waste of time because it’s already gold and it charted in the top 20 as a promotional single.

  13. IG: @mixedboy November 16, 2015

    Good for her. Slow news day tho

  14. Ciah’s Turtle November 16, 2015

    the video was still late

  15. Courtney November 16, 2015

    oh please that’s not news worthy having the lead singles from your first three albums open high on the Hot one hundred if it had debuted at #1 then yes though the first female to do that was Mariah Carey with Fantasy in October 1995 and she duplicated with One Sweet Day featuring Boyz II Men in December 1995 and Honey in September of 1997 becoming the only female Artist to have 3 Billboard Hot 100 #1 debuts

  16. JOHNVIDAL November 16, 2015

    What kind of basic and invented “record” is this? LMAO

  17. King Mark111 /.\ November 16, 2015

    I’m confused, what records is this? Because All of Rihanna first singles went top 2, #1 and top 5 on each and every album.

    • King z November 16, 2015

      They may have GONE top 10, but they did not DEBUT there like ari’s

  18. @JanetCIARA_ November 16, 2015

    OMG Alessia Cara slaying!!!

    You guys plz support ger!

  19. Uh November 17, 2015

    Why are these twats imitating my generation’s aesthetics ?

  20. Uh November 17, 2015

    Why are these t-w*ts imitating my generation’s aesthetics ?

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