Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ video ‘broke’ YouTube as it smashed the site’s premiere record

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Ariana Grande‘s ‘Thank U, Next’ video has broken YouTube’s premiere record, with 829,000 fans viewing the clip at the same time upon its release.

The throwback video – which references classic ’00s films including Mean Girls – was unveiled yesterday (November 30), and begins with high-school students spreading gossip and rumours about Grande.

Now, it has been reported that the newly-released visuals have already broken a huge record. According to Forbes, 829,000 viewers streamed the video simultaneously. 516,000 chat messages were also sent on the platform, with fans eager to unpick every moment.

YouTube’s official Twitter account posted: “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!”

At present, ‘Thank U, Next’ holds over 39,500,000 views on YouTube. It’s said that the video hit the one million mark in less than 34 minutes.

The records are coming in thick and fast for Grande, with it being revealed yesterday that she is the most streamed artist worldwide on Spotify. Earlier this month, ‘Thank U, Next’ also became the fastest song in Spotify history to surpass 100 million streams.

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande has shared an emotional letter about the Manchester attack in her new docu-seriesAriana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries.

Telling fans that the day of the attack “will leave me speechless and filled with questions for the rest of my life”, Ariana said: “Music is an escape. Music is the safest thing I’ve ever known. Music – pop music, stan culture – is something that brings people together, introduces them to some of their best friends, and makes them feel like they can be themselves.”