Ariana Grande has premiered atop of the Billboard Hot 100 and, in the process, has tied a Mariah Carey chart record.
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Ari and Justin Bieber‘s ‘Stuck With You’ has opened at #1 on the coveted count, after what was initially billed as a fierce battle with Tekashi 6ix9ine (whose ‘GOOBA’ ironically starts at #3).
The feat sees the duo each make their third #1 debut on the Hot 100, joining Carey and Drake as the only artists with that many openings on the chart.
So what are the numbers saying?
Per Billboard, ‘Stuck’ was anything but that commercially, shifting a whopping 108,000 downloads, amassing 28.1 million US streams, and commanding a radio audience of 26.3 million.
The release also benefitted in earnest from a variety of bundle configurations
These included, but were not limited to, copies autographed by Grande and Bieber, cassettes, CDs and vinyl singles — each of which came with a digital download (which also counted).
As reported, proceeds from sales and streams of ‘Stuck’ partially benefit the First Responders Children’s Fund amid the coronavirus crisis.
It goes without saying that the bundling methods employed will no doubt spark ample debate. Especially after a similar approach was taken by Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj in the preceding week. That said, whichever way it’s diced or sliced, a #1 is a #1…ay.