After seven weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next," a follow-up to her hit album Sweetener, has finally fallen to number two while Halsey's "Without Me" has risen to the #1 spot.
Grande's reaction to Halsey usurping her throne was anything but competitive, however.
Though Halsey had a #1 billboard hit alongside The Chainsmokers for her performance in "Closer," this is the first time she's topped the charts as a solo act.
Halsey posted about the experience on Instagram, saying:
"#1 on billboard. wow. very overwhelmed and confused and so very very very VERY happy. This song came from a very lonely place, and brought me to one of the most loved and supported moments of my lifetime."
"This achievement is completely beyond my means of comprehending right now so I'll get back to you guys when I find more eloquent and compelling things to say. Right now my brain is a washing machine of emotion. On a very high cycle. I love you very much."
Instead of throwing shade, Grande took to social media to show her support for Halsey.
On her Instagram, she wrote:
"F*ck it up @iamhalsey. To girls on top all 2019."
Halsey responded to Arianna's message:
"Luv u bb. Dynamic women who are headstrong + compassionate all 2019."
Twitter loved the supportive relationship between the two pop stars!
halsey and ariana’s friendship <3 https://t.co/jMdbmT43kh— chrissy ☾ (@chrissy ☾)1546891560.0
halsey’s answer to ari’s instagram story 🦋💙 2019 will be their year https://t.co/Ka1rbfH8k8— chrissy ☾ (@chrissy ☾)1546895726.0
Every time Halsey or Ariana Grande show up in my feed, I instantly get healthy motivation— Sarah Young (@Sarah Young)1547380802.0
@MTV I’m here for both of them!!!— clt.princee (@clt.princee)1546963347.0
@PopAlarms @PopFactsNews BOTH ARE QUEENS THEY BOTH DESERVE— grandelicious 想像 (@grandelicious 想像)1546816132.0
You're not just imagining the girl power dominating the Billboard music charts.
When Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" rose to number three during Christmas (as it does annually), it marked the first time since 2014 that the three most popular songs were performed by female artists.
@PopAlarms females are taking over this chart and i love it 😍— ☾ (@☾)1546814881.0
@PopAlarms @PopFactsNews It's about time tbh— Nada Yasmine (@Nada Yasmine)1546814873.0
Both Ariana and Halsey's songs happen to be about famous break-ups as well.
Grande's song, available here, names names as she speaks about how grateful she is for the good men she's dated...
Ariana Grande - thank u, next youtu.be
...but Halsey takes a different tack. "Without Me" is available here.
Halsey - Without Me youtu.be
In October 2018, during an interview with Zach Sang, Halsey spoke of how the song was meant to address her toxic breakup with rapper G-Eazy:
"I'll tell you what. It happened when I looked at my relationships all around me."
"All of them – cause this song is not just about one — and it made me sit down and go 'I feel like I've given so much to relationships with people in my life and I'm getting nothing back'… and so I cut a lot of people out of my life."
"Some temporarily, obviously, because G and I are back together. And some permanently."
Halsey Talks Without Me, Justin Timberlake & G-Eazy youtu.be
Since recording that interview, Halsey and G-Eazy have broken up once again.
Why does Halsey's Without Me make me feel like I broke up with G-Eazy too— China Capala (@China Capala)1547343728.0
In our modern day and age, Ariana and Halsey know there's no need to be competitive with each other when both ultra-talented women created great songs that the whole world's into.
There's plenty of love to go around!
the fact that Ariana and Halsey both have the first two number one singles of 2019. Women are taking over this year… https://t.co/GpiqSsFwYh— ً (@ً)1546892251.0
Women empowering women is what we like to see! https://t.co/FVDn5STLBv— Z100 Portland (@Z100 Portland)1547269631.0
Hello, everyone! Don't be mad just because Ariana has lost her #1 song on Hot 100 this week, what really mean is wo… https://t.co/SRpWXLcwwi— Ariana Grande Charts (@Ariana Grande Charts)1546883901.0