Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ Debuts at No. 1

Ariana Grande earns her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Sweetener.

The pop superstar’s fourth album tops the chart with 231,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Of that number, 127,000 are from traditional album sales.

Sweetener is Grande’s third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 2014’s My Everything and her 2013 debut Yours Truly both opened at No. 1, while 2016’s Dangerous Woman debuted and peaked at No. 2.

Grande scores the second-largest week for an album by a woman in 2018 following Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, which opened with 255,000 units. Sweetener also has the largest streaming week for a pop album by a woman with 126.7 million on-demand audio streams.

A grateful Grande thanked her loyal fans. “i jus wanted to say thank u so much,” she tweeted. “ik these things don’t really matter but i am over the moon grateful n i just want to thank u for all ur warmth n for receiving this project w such love thank u for all that u do.”

Travis Scott’s Astroworld falls to No. 2 after spending two weeks at No. 1. The Houston rapper sold 110,000 units in his third week, down 46 percent.

Nicki Minaj’s Queen moves 2-3 in its second week (95,000). Her Young Money labelmate Drake’s Scorpion slides 3-4 (93,000), while Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys holds at No. 5 (57,000).

Slime Language, the debut compilation from Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records, enters at No. 8 with 41,000 units, of which 38,000 are streaming equivalent album units.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance falls 6-9 (41,000) and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy drops 8-10 (34,000).

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Ariana Grande – Sweetener – 231,000
2. Travis Scott – Astroworld – 110,000
3. Nicki Minaj – Queen – 95,000
4. Drake – Scorpion – 93,000
5. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys – 57,000
6. Aretha Franklin – 30 Greatest Hits – 52,000
7. Cole Swindell – All of It – 50,000
8. Young Thug – Young Stoner Life: Slime Language – 41,000 units
9. Juice WRLD – Goodbye & Good Riddance – 41,000
10. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy – 34,000