Ariana Grande has became the 15th female artist to have their first album release debut at #1 on Billboard’s album charts.
Despite leaking one week early, the 20-year-old’s debut LP ‘Yours Truly‘ went straight to the top of the charts with 138,000 copies sold in the first week of release. Following in the footsteps of pop icons such as Britney Spears and Beyoncé, Ariana is the first female artist to achieve this feat since Ke$ha released her debut album ‘Animal‘ back in 2010.
‘Yours Truly‘ has also debuted within the Top 10 in several other countries, hitting #7 on the UK album charts and #6 in Australia. The album boasts production from R&B legend Babyface and features rappers Mac Miller and Big Sean, alongside a collaboration with The Wanted‘s Nathan Sykes.
The former Nickelodeon star’s album was 3 years in the making, and has been met with outstanding critical acclaim. Grande has been hailed as “the new Mariah Carey” with the majority of praise going towards her incredible vocal performances and the 90’s R&B throwback sound.
Ariana has thanked fans for making ‘Yours Truly‘ go straight to #1, and posted the following message on her Twitter and Instagram accounts: “Dream come true… Thank you guys so much for making it possible.”
‘Yours Truly‘ may have only been released last week but Grande is already in the studio working on her sophomore album, which is slated for a February release. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the ‘Baby I‘ singer said “I’ve started working on it. I don’t want it to sound like an extension of Yours Truly. I want it to sound like an evolution.”
She went on to say that she wants to “explore more sounds and experiment a little bit”, confirming she has already recorded 2 songs that she wants to be included on the album.
If you haven’t already purchased ‘Yours Truly‘ then have a listen to our favourite tracks (below) and see what you’re missing out on! The album is available now.