Ariana Grande surprised the US music industry in September 2013 when her debut album Yours Truly entered the charts directly at #1. By then she was already a celebrity, but as an actress thanks to her role in TV sitcom Victorious. She has continued to grow album after album since this perfect transition. It’s time to review the first part of her career now that a fourth album is rumored to be in the making.
Nowadays social media is so big that some singers look incredibly popular while they have sold relatively few records. This impression is even bigger when it comes to female pop stars. This category of artists enjoy an insane following online which isn’t always reflected into their chart history.
Grande‘s online following is not questioned. Her official Twitter handle @ArianaGrande is among the Top 25 most followed accounts at #14. In this ranking there is only Justin Bieber who is younger than her. What about her record sales then?
So far the young singer has released 3 studio albums, Yours Truly, My Everything and Dangerous Woman. The only time her name made the headlines though was due to the fateful bombing at her concert in Manchester last May. If millions of people came to know her after this tragic event, her arena concerts have been full of highly dedicated fans for a long time. How many copies have each of her records sold? Which era was the biggest? How does she compare against the likes Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Demi Lovato or Selena Gomez?
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Grande‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.