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Ariana Grande makes iTunes history, after a slight delay

The US singer's second album in six months reached the number one spot in five minutes

Ariana Grande is the most-followed woman on Instagram. Courtesy FilmMagic
Ariana Grande is the most-followed woman on Instagram. Courtesy FilmMagic

It seems like people can’t get enough of Ariana Grande. Despite having kept her iTunes fans waiting longer than her Spotify followers, the pop star’s newest album took just five minutes to hit the top of the iTunes US chart.

Twitter users came out in force to voice their support for the album with one user calling the album the best he had ever heard and another crediting the 25-year-old with single-handedly saving pop music.

The album dropped just after midnight on February 8 on Spotify, but over on iTunes only the previously released tracks were available. Luckily, fans didn’t have to wait too long — by 1.30am it was available on iTunes in its entirety and Grande apologised to fans for the delay.

The new album includes title track Thank U, Next, which was released in November and reached number one in 13 countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and Lebanon. It also includes Imagine, a song believed to be inspired by the death of Mac Miller, Grande's ex-boyfriend who died in September last year.

The singer has been nominated for two Grammy awards this year and was supposed to be performing at Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles. Grande has since pulled out of the show after a disagreement with organisers. Producer Ken Ehrlich told press that she had cancelled as it was "too late for her to pull something together.”

On Friday Grande disputed his comment, tweeting: "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me. I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken.”

The singer is nominated for best pop vocal album for Sweetener and best pop solo performance for God is a Woman, but is now likely not to show up for the ceremony at all.

Updated: February 8, 2019 04:16 PM

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