During its first week, the album earned 360,000 equivalent units in the United States—with 116,000 from traditional album sales, and 228,000 from streaming equivalent albums—the best of Grande’s career. Thank U, Next gives Grande her fourth No. 1 overall, and her second No. 1 in less than six months. Additionally, according to Billboard, the album had the biggest streaming week ever for a female artist’s album or a pop album.
Grande dropped Thank U, Next on Feb. 8 via Republic Records. It opened at No. 1 less than six months after her album Sweetener topped the chart on Sept. 1, 2018. That period of five months and 22 days is the shortest duration between new No. 1s on the Billboard 200 for a woman since 1974 to 1975 when Olivia Newton-John landed two No. 1s with five months and three days between them.
In comparison, Sweetener debuted with 231,000 total copies when it landed No. 1. Before Sweetener, 2013’s Yours Truly and 2014’s My Everything also climbed to the No. 1 spot. The singer’s 2016 album Dangerous Woman peaked at No. 2.