Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ Debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100, Luke Combs’ ‘Forever After All’ Launches at No. 2


The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Nov. 7) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 3). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s a deeper look at the coronation of “Positions,” released Oct. 23 on Republic Records as the title track from Grande’s new album, released Oct. 30. The song is the 1,113th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 62-year history.

Streams, sales & airplay: “Positions” drew 35.3 million U.S. streams and sold 34,000 in the week ending Oct. 29, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also tallied 19.9 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Nov. 1.

The track opens at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, where it’s Grande’s third leader, No. 2 on Digital Song Sales and No. 41 on Radio Songs.

(Breaking down the song’s first-week sales, it sold 31,000 digital downloads and 3,000 CD singles that were available in Grande’s webstore for $5 each.)

Grande’s 5th No. 1 … & record 5th No. 1 debut: Here is a recap of Grande’s five Hot 100 No. 1s, all of which have debuted in the top spot.

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Debuted No. 1
“Thank U Next,” seven, Nov. 17, 2018
“7 Rings,” eight, Feb. 2, 2019
“Stuck With U,” with Justin Bieber, one, May 23, 2020
“Rain on Me,” with Lady Gaga, one (to date), June 6, 2020
“Positions,” one (to date), Nov. 7, 2020

Grande makes history as the first artist with five Hot 100 No. 1 debuts. She extends her lead over Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Drake and Travis Scott, each with three.

Grande also becomes the first artist with three No. 1 Hot 100 debuts in a single year, as “Positions” joins “Rain on Me” and “Stuck With U” as her three 2020 chart-topping entrants.

Earning the trio in a span of five months and two weeks, Grande bests Travis Scott (a week shy of a year in 2019-20) for the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 Hot 100 debuts.

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