Ariana Grande: A Discography Look-Back
Mon, April 19, 2021

Ariana Grande: A Discography Look-Back

Ariana Grande's second album "My Everything" sold the highest number of copies among all of her albums with 1,920,000 copies worldwide. / Photo credits by buzzfuss via 123rf

 

 

Ariana Grande has got a distinct popstar sound. It’s the perfect mix of soprano and alto that demonstrates her range and makes her songs fit the bill, regardless if they are about the highs and lows in her life. Though her celebrity status means she will only appeal to those of us unashamed to just let go and feel the music no matter who the singer is, what stands out in her most recent work is just how willing she is to deconstruct herself and her problems. 

That’s not something she was readily able to do in the past, but over the years, the (very public) events in her life have given her a lot to think about, so much so that she has managed to stir the tragedies around her life as motivation to keep going. 

Admittedly, her previous albums sounded pretty standard for a pop star starting off her career, but from there, she has managed to recreate herself each time. Here’s a look back at the performance of her previous albums. 

 

Yours Truly (2013)

Fresh off of her Nickelodeon career, Grande built a small following when she starred in “Victorious” and later on in the “Sam and Cat” spin-off, which she starred in alongside Jeanette McCurdy, known for playing “Sam” in “iCarly.” This small following, coupled with a handful of admirers who followed her home-made singing videos of songs by her favorite artists, slowly launched Grande into the mainstream. 

For many years after “Sam and Cat” wrapped after only one season, people could only see Ariana as her Nickelodeon alter ego Cat. And it might have had something to do with the fact “Yours Truly” sounded exactly like an album a Nickelodeon sitcom graduate would make.

Nonetheless, Chart Masters, a website providing impressive music industry insights and charts, reported that “Yours Truly” still sold 1,080,000 copies globally. In the US, it sold 610,000 copies; 40,000 in Canada; 50,000 in Latin America; and 255,000 in Asia. 

 

 

My Everything (2014)

Just a year after “Yours Truly” came out, “My Everything” was released, and Grande seemed a little more free exploring and sharing her more adult problems and desires. By all means, it still sounded like a manufactured pop star, but compared to the almost ditzy and whimsical tunes of “Yours Truly,” “My Everything” was the right call for Grande’s budding music career, American online magazine Pitchfork said. It added that the album was “refreshingly grown-up” and a nice transition and message that proved that Grande has what it takes to deviate from her “squeaky clean” image and try to speak her mind outside it. 

Perhaps as a result of this slow transition, “My Everything” sold 1,920,000 copies worldwide. In the US, the album sold 750,000; 75,000 in Canada; 190,000 in Latin America; and 475,000 in Asia. 

 

Dangerous Woman (2016)

By now, it is safe to say that Grande has made it clear that she’s shedding her Nickelodeon image for a more mature perspective befitting her age. It’s only natural, after all, that she grows with her music. For “Dangerous Woman,” Pitchfork’s rating was 7.6, in large part because it “wobbles a couple of times before finding its feet in the second half.”

Pitchfork explained that while “Dangerous Woman” wasted no time in pushing the point across that this is an inherently sexual album. (If you don’t realize it, try to read the lyrics of “Side by Side” and put it in a sexual context.) It still didn’t make as much as “My Everything,” though, as the global sales were only at 1,020,000 copies. In the US, the sales were lower, too, with 415,000 copies sold. Over in Canada, it sold 45,000 copies, 90,000 in Latin America, and 220,000 in Asia. 

 

Ariana Grande embodies a true pop star with her massive vocal range that can hit soprano to alto notes. / Photo credits by Anton Oparin via 123rf

 

Sweetener (2018)

Now we move on to one of Grande’s most divisive albums to date: “Sweetener.” Both sides of the spectrum have so many things to say about this album. Even those who stan for Grande, dedicating their online presence to the propagation of the message that their fave is the best, felt hesitant about the album. Oddly, it still got an 8.1 rating on music news website Pitchfork for how graceful Grande was able to manage the situations in her life around the time the album was released, mainly, the Manchester bombing, which caused her to experience PTSD that she fought off to arrange a charity concert for the city, and her breakup with long-term boyfriend Mac Miller.

 “Sweetener” sold 700,000 copies globally, with 310,000 in the US; 30,000 in Canada; 20,000 in Latin America; and 90,000 in Asia. 

 

thank u, next (2019)

The perfect way to describe the release of “thank u, next” is the suddenness and emotional quality of it at the same time. It’s an odd combination, to say the least, but one that has worked so effortlessly. Take the “thank u, next” single for instance, which immediately got 909,700,000 streams on Spotify after it was dropped. “7 Rings” followed closely in the success of “thank u, next,” amassing 884,272,000 streams on Spotify. 

The global sales of the album may leave much to be desired at only 505,000, but the heart and emotion Grande was able to add in the album was unparalleled compared to her previous albums. She mixed the heart-wrenching with the saccharine-sweet so perfectly it hurt. 

In the US, the album sold 260,000 copies; 25,000 in Canada; 10,000 in Latin America; and 61,000 in Asia.