Ariana Grande may have skipped the Grammy Awards two weeks ago, but that appears to have had no effect on her album sales, with her latest release, “Thank U, Next,” topping the Billboard chart for a second time.
Last week, “Thank U, Next” (Republic) became Grande’s second No. 1 album in six months, with notably high streaming numbers for a pop album. In its second week out, its totals fell by more than 50 percent, with 169 million streams and 20,000 copies sold as a complete album, according to Nielsen. But that was enough to stay on top.
Billboard reported that it was the first time that a solo female artist has had more than one week at No. 1 on the chart since Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” notched four weeks at the end of 2017. (Last October, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper spent three weeks at the top with “A Star Is Born”; this week, that soundtrack is No. 3.)
Also this week, the “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack rose one spot to No. 2; look for it to remain strong on next week’s charts, thanks to the best actor Oscar for its star, Rami Malek. The duo Florida Georgia Line opened at No. 4 with “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country,” and in fifth place is Drake’s mixtape “So Far Gone,” which first came out 10 years ago but was not commercially released until last week.
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