“I’m so f*cking grateful for my ex”, Ariana Grande sings. And she is right. The video clip of ‘Thank you, next’, a tribute to her exes and a self-love statement in one, has broken the record of most clicked video on YouTube in 24 hours. The clip has now been viewed more than 60 million times.
According to Variety, Ariana’s new music video, released on Friday evening, was searched 46 million times in less than 22 hours. With that she immediately broke a first record. Until Friday, that record was in the hands of the South Korean boys band BTS. The clip with their single ‘Idol’ was clicked 45.9 million times in the first 24 hours of the video on YouTube.
So, the list of the 10 most popular music videos on YouTube in the first 24 hours before Ariana dropped her bomb:
1. BTS, “Idol” – 45.9 million
2. Taylor Swift, “Look What You Made Me Do” – 43.2 million
3. Eminem, “Killshot” – 38.1 million
4. Blackpink, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” – 36.2 million
5. Psy, “Gentleman” – 36 million
6. BTS, “Fake Love” – 35.9 million
7. Twice, “Yes or Yes” – 31.4 million
8. Nicky Jam feat. J. Balvin, “X (EQUIS)” – 29.7 million
9. XXXTentacion, “Sad!” – 27.7 million
10. Adele, “Hello” – 26.3 million
Thank You, Next broke even more records. Ariana’s fans watched the video massively via YouTube Premieres, at the peak 829,000 people watched the clip simultaneously. During the debut of the video, viewers exchanged 516,000 messages, including a record.
The video clip with Ariana’s new single is packed with references to chick flicks like Mean Girls and Legally Blonde as well as revelations about her private life including her recent break with comedian Pete Davidson.
The biggest revelation is undoubtedly the moment Ariana quashes the infamous ‘Mean Girls’ scene on which she opens the ‘burn book’ in which her 4 exes are treated: Ricky Alvarez, Big Sean, Mac Miller and Pete Davidson. On this last page you can live: “Love you always”, “Sry I dipped” and “HUUUUUUGE”, which is a reference to his… You know.
On her latest album is also a song called ‘Pete Davidson’. When a fan on Twitter asked how long the number was, Grande responded with: “about 10 inches?”. 25 centimetres so… Ariana and Pete formed a couple for only 5 months and blew off their famous engagement in October.