Ariana Grande dethrones Selena Gomez as most followed woman on Instagram
Just last week, Ariana Grande became the first artist since The Beatles to have three songs in the three top spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Now, the “7 Rings” singer has claimed another prize: most followed woman on Instagram.
The 25-year-old, who has 146 million followers, took the title from Selena Gomez, who had been the most followed woman for the previous three years.
Grande posts multiple times a day via Instagram proper and its stories feature, sharing behind-the-scenes looks at her music videos, photos of her pets, and selfies.
Monday, she shared a parody remake of her “7 Rings” music video from actress Julia Acks, singing the song (which samples the melody from The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things” as Maria Von Trapp.
Grande’s social media often feels unfiltered and spontaneous, with the illusion that she is sharing with her audience exactly what she would be sharing with friends. Prior to awards season, Lady Gaga, for instance, posted a lot of obscure photos that seemed more performance art than real life. Taylor Swift’s Instagram is curated and meticulous — her account follows no one, and she uses photos to drop clues about her upcoming music (do those seven palm tree emojis mean her seventh album is coming???)
Grande’s instagram has been a gateway for fans into her glamorous and (sometimes dramatic) life, whether it be a lightning fast engagement and subsequent breakup with Pete Davidson or a tattoo on her hand that accidentally translated to “Japanese-style barbecue grill.” Which, of course, even she made fun of — where? — on Instagram (as well as Twitter, where, by the way, she has over 61 million followers).