Ariana Grande’s album ‘Sweetener’ Debuts at No. 1
The ladies are back at top spot. As predicted, Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album Sweetener landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, bumping Travis Scott’s Astroworld out of its two-week stay at the top. This marks the singer’s third No. 1 album on the charts as it moved 231,000 equivalent album units—127,000 from traditional album sales. This beats projections that she would earn 220,000 units in her first week.
Sweetener also earned Grande’s best first-week numbers. It beat out her 2016 project Dangerous Woman, which garnered 175,000 album equivalent units. It also marks the most-successful streaming week ever for a woman pop artist, and sits only behind Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy as the biggest release by a woman in 2018.