Ariana Grande has broken the UK record for the most streams of a song in a week, as her latest single 7 Rings reaches No 1 in the charts.
The track, which interpolates My Favourite Things on a tale of impulsive jewellery shopping, was streamed 16.9m times, beating the previous record-holder, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, which had 15.3m streams one week in December 2018.
7 Rings was also downloaded 15,000 times, adding up to a combined sales figure of 126,000 – the first time a song has sold over 100,000 in the UK since the Grenfell charity single Bridge Over Troubled Water in June 2017.
It is the US star’s fourth UK No 1 single, though it hasn’t been without controversy – rappers Soulja Boy and Princess Nokia have both accused Grande of plagiarism. Soulja Boy called her a thief on Twitter because of 7 Rings’ similarity to his track Pretty Boy Swag, adding: “Give me my credit … stop stealing my swag.” Princess Nokia compared 7 Rings to her song Mine, saying: “Does that sound familiar to you? Ain’t that the lil’ song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm … sounds about white.”
7 Rings is the third single from Grande’s forthcoming album Thank U, Next, which will be released on 8 February, just six months after her previous album, Sweetener.
Elsewhere in the chart, Scottish producer Calvin Harris earns his 22nd Top 5 hit as his Rag N Bone Man collaboration Giant rises to No 5, while Russ’s UK rap track Gun Lean, which has kickstarted a viral dance craze, jumps 25 places to No 9. The Greatest Showman soundtrack continues to top the album chart in its 28th non-consecutive week at No 1 – the same as the Beatles managed with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.