The first single from the most anticipated album of the year achieved astounding first-week sales of 435,000-plus, making for the biggest single debut of the year so far and fourth highest for a female artist ever. She also becomes the “Youngest Woman to Debut with More Than 400,000 Downloads”, and it’s now the eighth highest digital song debut of all-time.
Problem has also enjoyed the highest digital song debut since Katy Perry’s “Roar” last August. Meanwhile, it arrives in at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart this week. In addition, it bows at #1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart.
Moreover, this Problem is on absolutely everyone’s mind, and that’s a good thing Tastemakers and gatekeepers ranging from Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and Huffington Post to Time, USA Today, and Pitchfork have extolled this massive hit. Rolling Stone recently premiered the lyric video. [Take a watch here] She also performed the single live at the Radio Disney Music Awards and iHeartRadio Music Awards in the past week as well.
As soon as the track became available, it seized #1 on iTunes in thirty-seven minutes, enjoying one of the fastest #1 debuts in the digital retailer’s history. It went on to become a veritable global phenomenon, going #1 on iTunes overall Top Songs chart in more than 50 countries, Top 5 in 62 markets, and top 10 in 70 markets. At radio, it’s #1 most added at both Top 40 and Rhythm.
Produced by and co-written with hit-makers Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, the track sees the diva let out a little attitude alongside an unshakable and bouncy hook. In between her powerhouse verses, hip-hop sensation Azalea fires off a snappy and snazzy verse punctuated by slick whispers from none other than Big Sean. This is a good kind of problem to have. Get it here
The award-winning and chart-topping multi-platinum singer is readying her second full-length for Republic Records, due out this summer. Grande stands poised to keep making history this year. Expect big news soon