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Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Breaks YouTube Record

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Ariana Grande‘s newly-released “thank u, next” music video has just broken a YouTube record. The clip, inspired by some of the best female-led movies such as Mean Girls, Bring It On, and Legally Blonde, has taken the honors of being YouTube’s most-viewed video within the first 24 hours of its premiere.

Having dropped at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST Friday, within 24 hours Grande managed to pull in 50.2 million views, surpassing K-pop supergroup BTS’s “Idol” music video and its 45.9 million views. And to top it all off, 829,000 viewers were watching simultaneously at its peak and over 516,000 chat messages were sent during the video’s debut, causing a temporary delay in comments being posted.

Below are the previous 10 most-viewed YouTube music videos in the first 24 hours:

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, u next” has also earned Ariana Grande her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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p.s. we set a new @vevo record. that’s wild. i love u. thank u.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 1, 2018

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@ArianaGrande the thank u, next video was so good, it broke the internet (or at least delayed YouTube comments from posting for a bit).

Comments are still working on the video, they’re just delayed! https://t.co/osq64npfpt

— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 30, 2018

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incredible. also, terrifying. https://t.co/xYF1u8mWUd

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 1, 2018

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that’s …………. the wildest shit i’ve ever heard. https://t.co/PwW3GuNl3A

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 1, 2018

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thank u. i’m kind of still waking up so i feel like i may be dreaming all of this / i’m scared to acknowledge it or say anything yet. but man, this is wild. thank u so much. https://t.co/4WoR1Hhokb

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 1, 2018