Following Ariana Grande’s new video for “Thank U, Next,” released on YouTube, Grande has a lot to celebrate about, considering it became an overnight hit. According to reports, the new track broke YouTube’s record for the most views ever during the first 24 hours of its publication.
After several weeks of build-up, including gossip surrounding her and Pete Davison’s breakup, the video – inspired by female-driven movies from the early 2000s – dropped at 12:00 pm PT on Friday, yesterday.
It set the record at approximately 22 hours. By Saturday morning around 9:30 am, and it had approximately 46 million views, beating out the previous record set by the K-Pop Supergroup, BTS, which generated almost 46,000,000 – 45.9 million, to be exact.
Reportedly, YouTube has stated that the video was viewed by 829,000 people at once, breaking another record for most views at once. Grande’s fans sent approximately 516,000 chat messages as well. The traffic was so intense that it caused a delay in YouTube’s algorithm.
Interestingly, “Thank U, Next” features allusions and references to some of the most popular movies from the early 2000s including Legally Blonde, 13 Going on 30, Bring it On, and Mean Girls.
Jonathan Bennett, Stefanie Drummond, as well as Kris Jenner also appeared in her music video. Other featured stars include Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx, Troye Sivan, Jennifer Coolidge, Gabi DeMartino, Colleen Ballinger, and more.
It’s worth noting that the song had to reference Ariana’s recent breakup with the Saturday Night Live alum, Pete Davidson, whom Grande just called off her engagement to last month, despite living together and even purchasing a pot-belly pig as a couple.
This all comes after Pete and Ariana officially ended it just a few months following the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller. There’s no question that it’s been a tough year-and-a-half for Ariana, who also endured the Manchester Bombing at her very own concert.
It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in England in recent memory, the fallout of which left Ariana and her fans reeling very hard. The death of Mac in September 2018, was just another blow for the 25-year-old singer.