Positions (album)

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Positions
Ariana Grande - Positions.png
Standard cover. Limited edition DTC copies of the album were shipped with one of two alternative artworks.
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)
Studio
  • Grande's house (Los Angeles)
  • Champagne Therapy (Los Angeles)
  • Windmark (Los Angeles)
  • Capitol (Los Angeles)
  • Jungle City (New York City)
Genre
Length41:07
LabelRepublic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
K Bye for Now (SWT Live)
(2019)
Positions
(2020)
Singles from Positions
  1. "Positions"
    Released: October 23, 2020
  2. "34+35"
    Released: October 30, 2020
  3. "POV"
    Released: April 19, 2021

Positions is the sixth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released by Republic Records on October 30, 2020. Grande worked with a variety of producers on the album, including Tommy Brown, Anthony M. Jones, London on da Track, Murda Beatz, the Rascals, Scott Storch, Shea Taylor, and Charles Anderson, accompanied by longtime co-writers Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx.

Positions is built around themes of endearment, romantic devotion and sexual intimacy. Musically, it extends the trap-infused R&B and pop sound of its predecessors, Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019). Guest vocals are provided by Doja Cat, the Weeknd, and Ty Dolla Sign, alongside Megan Thee Stallion on the deluxe edition. Upon release, Positions was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics, many of whom complimented Grande's vocals, but criticized the album's production style and lyricism. Publications ranked Positions on many year-end best albums lists of 2020.

Three singles were released from the album. The title track was released as the lead single, which debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100. It marked Grande's fifth number-one single in the United States, and made her the only act with five number-one debuts on the chart. The song was her third Hot 100 chart-topper in 2020, following "Stuck with U" and "Rain on Me", her respective collaborations with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. All the tracks of Positions charted simultaneously on the Hot 100. The album's second single, "34+35", debuted at number eight on the chart, and peaked at number two following the release of its remix with Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. "POV" was released to US adult contemporary radio on April 19, 2021, as the third single. Positions debuted at number one on US Billboard 200 chart, garnering Grande's fifth number-one album in the US. Elsewhere, it reached the top spot in Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

On April 19, 2020, it was first reported that Ariana Grande was working on new music.[1] She also declared in May 2020 that she had recorded a song with Doja Cat earlier that year.[2][3] In the same interview, however, Grande stated that she would not release an album during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.[4] On October 14, 2020, Grande announced on social media that her upcoming sixth studio album would be released the same month.[5][6] Three days later, she posted a slow-motion video in which she types out the word "positions" on a keyboard.[7] That same day, Grande's official website launched two countdowns counting down to October 23, 2020 and October 30, 2020.[8][9] On October 23, 2020, she confirmed via her Twitter account that the album was coming on October 30 and posted the cover art.[10] The tracklist was revealed the following day.[11] Grande released three slightly different Positions album covers on her social media. Each of them are beauty shots of the singer in black and white with varied posing. The covers were shot by Dave Meyers (who also directed the title track's music video), with creative direction by Stefan Kohli.[12]

Composition[edit]

Positions features guest vocals from (from left to right) Doja Cat, the Weeknd and Ty Dolla Sign.

Musically, Positions is an R&B[13] and pop[14] record with trap inflections. Its tracks also contain elements of hip hop, neo soul, disco, funk, microhouse, electro house, and chamber pop. Grande's vocals have been described as evoking mumble rap.[15][16][17] The opening track, "Shut Up", has been described as "a jewel box of an orchestral-pop number in which the singer tells off people too concerned with how she spends her time".[18] The second track, "34+35", has been described to have sexually suggestive lyrics.[19][20][21] The third track, "Motive", is a collaboration with Doja Cat. Grande had declared the two worked on a track together during an interview in May 2020.[22] The two would collaborate again on the remix of "34+35" alongside American rapper Megan Thee Stallion.[23] "Off the Table" is a collaboration with the Weeknd, and "tackles the idea of loving after loss head-on and with grace".[24] "Six Thirty" sees Grande "[shatter] established language norms and creates a new metaphor paradigm, comparing a person to a very specific hour of the day as represented on a clock".[25] Vulture's Rachel Handler described "My Hair" as "a witty, clever little ditty about reassuring an uneasy lover that it is, indeed, okay to touch Ariana Grande's almost frighteningly giant ponytail. It's also a classic horny bait and switch, kicking off like a sexy, swingy, '70s-esque doo-wop about fuckin'."[25] The eleventh track, "Love Language", is described as "disco-meets-new jack swing".[26] PopSugar and Idolator respectively reported that "Off the Table" sampled "2009" by Mac Miller, while "West Side" sampled "'One in a Million' by Aaliyah".[27][28] According to the album booklet, there are no officially credited samples in the album.

Release and singles[edit]

On October 27, 2020, Grande announced that limited-edition CDs of Positions with two alternate cover artworks are to be released in conjunction with the album, and were made available for preorder on Grande's website.[29] On October 30, 2020, limited quantity of Positions standard edition CDs, autographed by Grande, were issued DTC on the website.[30]

The title track "Positions" along with its music video was released on October 23, 2020, as the album's lead single.[31][32][33] "Positions" was a global success. It debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's fifth US number-one single and extending her record of being the first artist to have five number-one debut singles on the chart.[34] Spending 17 weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100, it tied "Thank U, Next" as Grande's longest-running top 10 single in the United States. The track also peaked at number one on the U.S Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart in December 2020, becoming Grande's seventh number one single and 17th top ten single on the chart. It also remained at the pole position for seven consecutive weeks, becoming Grande's longest running number one single on the pop airplay chart surpassing "7 Rings".[35] In April 2021, "Positions" was certified double platinum by the RIAA, for moving over 2 million units in the United States.[36]

"34+35" was released on October 30, 2020, serving as the second single from the album.[37][38] A commercial success, it debuted at number eight on the Hot 100, marking Grande's 18th career top ten single, tying her with Beyoncé for the eighth-most top ten entries among women.[39] Following the release of the remix, "34+35" reached a peak of number two on the chart dated January 30, 2021, becoming Grande's 12th top five hit in the United States.[40] The track also peaked at number one on the U.S Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart in February 2021, becoming Grande's eighth number one single and second number one single from Positions. It replaced the title track which dominated the chart for seven consecutive weeks, making Grande the first artist to replace herself at number one with two solo songs.[41] It remained at the pole position for three consecutive weeks.[42] The track also peaked at number one on the U.S Rhythmic Top 40 airplay chart, becoming Grande's third number one single.[43] In April 2021, "34+35" was certified double platinum by the RIAA, for moving over 2 million units in the United States.[44]

On January 14, 2021, Grande released a remix of "34+35" featuring Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion. On February 1, 2021, Grande teased a deluxe edition of Positions, featuring five additional tracks, including the 34+35 Remix.[45][46] On February 19, 2021, she released the deluxe edition.[47][48]

"POV" was sent to American adult contemporary radio stations on April 19, 2021, as the album's third single.[49] Following the release of the album, "POV" debuted at number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.[39] "POV" entered the top ten of the U.S Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart at number ten on the issue dated May 15, 2021. It became the third consecutive top ten hit from Positions and Grande's 19th top ten single. The same week Grande had three songs in the top ten of pop airplay chart, title track, "34+35" and "POV" making her the first artist to post three concurrent top ten hits in the survey's history.[50][51]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.7/10[52]
Metacritic72/100[53]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[54]
Clash8/10[55]
Consequence of SoundB+[14]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[56]
The Guardian3/5 stars[16]
The Independent3/5 stars[17]
NME3/5 stars[57]
Pitchfork7.4/10[58]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[59]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[15]

Positions received generally favorable reviews from music critics, most of whom agreed that Grande "does not break any new ground" with it.[60] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 72 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[61]

Louise Bruton of The Irish Times labeled Positions a "big orgy of breathless R&B songs" that solidify Grande as one of pop music's leading voices, despite the scarcity of "bangers".[13] Mary Siroky of Consequence of Sound detailed the album as "showy", "wildly theatrical", filled with romance and flirtation, establishing a blend of Dangerous Woman (2016), Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019), while dismissing the guest appearances as its weakest songs.[14] Pitchfork's Dani Blum wrote that Grande is "both in love and scared of it" in Positions, as she tries to heal herself in "new giddy romance"; Blum further noticed that the album does not broaden her sound "the way her past few albums have".[58] Brenton Blanchet of Clash called it refreshing, giving plaudits for "beautifully layered" orchestrations and sweet harmonies, but asserted that Grande stays in a comfortable genre "she's all too familiar with".[55] Vulture's Craig Jenkins appreciated the "effortless" vocals, and pinpointed how the album is "risqué and unsubtle" in nature, but underlined its safe formula and presence of filler tracks.[62] Hannah Mylrea of NME affirmed that Positions is "jaw-droppingly good fun", however, observed that the washy melodies result in indistinct songs, deficit of Grande's "trademark sparkle".[57]

Chris DeVille of Stereogum lauded the "impeccable" vocals, but downplayed the "least stimulating" production. He dubbed Positions as a solid Grande album, but deemed it a premature "disappointment" in comparison to Sweetener and Thank U, Next.[63] The Telegraph's Kate Solomon described it as "sultry sexjams and thinly veiled euphemisms" with X-rated lyrics, softened by Disneyfied strings, but despite the singer shining new confidence, Positions "doesn't quite hit the spot".[56] Carl Wilson of Slate classified the album as Grande's "most shamelessly sexed-up set" and "back-to-basics-plus album" with relaxed and familiar music, that turns "bedroom calisthenics" and "mundane" romance into "bubbly pop fodder", yet avowed that it feels trivial amidst her other projects.[64] The Independent writer Adam White highlighted the album's push-and-pull dynamic, but felt the singer sticks to her comfort zone, and noted that Positions has "Spotify syndrome"—short songs to aid playlisting.[17]

David Smyth of Evening Standard praised Grande's voice as "a thing of great beauty", but remarked that she "isn't firing as hard as she was when she released her last two albums".[65] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian concluded that the album proceeds at a tiring pace, causing the individual tracks blur into "one long slow-motion shot", without a climax.[16] Naming Positions a misstep in Grande's career, The Fader's Shaad D'Souza denounced its conversational style of vocals, "low-effort" lyrics and trend-chasing production. He thought the songs lacked distinction and punch, dissolving into a "swamp of icy drum hits and aimless melisma".[66] Calling it a product of pandemic fatigue, Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine wrote that Positions leans on "the same midtempo trap-pop" that were on Grande's previous albums, and criticized the lyricism for its "empty" pillow talk and repetitive hooks.[15] Bobby Olivier of Spin found the album "sultry yet forgettable", with several "uninspired" or "unmemorable" tracks.[67]

Year-end lists[edit]

Several publications listed Positions in their rankings of best albums of 2020. Additionally, some of its tracks were also named amongst best songs of 2020: "Positions",[68] "34+35",[69] "POV",[70] "Just like Magic",[71] "Nasty",[72] "My Hair",[73] "Motive",[73] "Love Language",[73] "Six Thirty",[74] and "Off the Table".[74]

Positions on year-end lists
Publication List Rank Ref.
34th Street Magazine Street's Favorite Albums of 2020 N/A [75]
The Argonaut Top Ten Albums of 2020 5 [76]
Billboard Top 50 Best Albums of 2020 11 [77]
The 25 Best Pop Albums of 2020 N/A [78]
Clash Clash Albums Of The Year 2020 49 [79]
Complex The Best Albums of 2020 36 [80]
Deborah Cardoso's Favourite Albums of 2020 4 [74]
Edwin Ortiz's Favourite Albums of 2020 10
Katherine Shelby's Favourite Albums of 2020 7
Glamour The 30 Best Albums of 2020 N/A [81]
The Guardian The 50 Best Albums of 2020 40 [82]
Alim Kheraj's Albums of 2020 N/A [73]
Eve Barlow's Albums of 2020 N/A
Michael Cragg's Albums of 2020 N/A
British GQ Best Albums of 2020 7 [83]
Insider The 20 Best Albums of 2020 10 [84]
KIIS-FM Tanya Rad's Favorite Albums of 2020 N/A [85]
The Los Angeles Times The 10 Best Albums of 2020 6 [86]
New Statesman Albums of the Year N/A [87]
The New York Times Best Albums of 2020 (Jon Caramanica's list) N/A [88]
The Observer Scene's Best Albums of 2020 16 [89]
PopBuzz The 20 Best Albums of 2020 20 [90]
PopMatters The 20 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2020 8 [91]
PopSugar The 50 Best Albums of 2020 25 [92]
Rolling Stone The 50 Best Albums of 2020 22 [93]
Uproxx The Best Albums Of 2020 20 [94]
The Best Pop Albums of 2020 4 [95]
USA Today The 10 Best Albums of 2020 4 [96]
Vogue The 20 Best Albums of 2020 6 [97]
What Hi-Fi? 20 of the Best Albums of 2020 N/A [98]
Yahoo Entertainment Jen Kucsak's Top 10 Albums of 2020 10 [99]
Young Hollywood The Best Albums of 2020 4 [100]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Positions debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 174,000 album-equivalent units, which includes 173.54 million on-demand streams and 42,000 album sales, in its first week.[101] This became Grande's fifth US number one debut and the fourth album by a female artist to reach number one in 2020.[101] Positions achieved the highest one-week total for an album since bundles stopped factoring into chart and sales rankings (October 9, 2020), later surpassed by Taylor Swift's Evermore (2020).[101] Positions also became Grande's fifth chart-topper on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart.[102] All 14 tracks of Positions charted simultaneously on the US Billboard Hot 100 dated November 14, 2020, becoming Grande's second consecutive album to do so, following Thank U, Next (12 songs). Grande's career Hot 100 count expanded to 66 entries, the fourth-most among women.[39] In its second week, the album remained at number one on the chart, with an additional 83,000 units and moving a further 99.5 million on-demand streams. It was her second album to spend its first two weeks at number one after Thank U, Next.[103] In its third week, the album slipped to number four on the chart, earning 75,000 more units.[104]

Following the release of the deluxe version, Positions returned to the top two of Billboard 200 at number two on the chart dated March 6, 2021, selling 49,000 equivalent album units (up 66%) within its 17th tracking week.[105] Following the release of its vinyl and cassette editions, Positions returned to the top ten of Billboard 200 at number six on the chart dated April 24, 2021, selling 54,000 equivalent album units (up 138%) within its 24th tracking week.[106] Positions also peaked at number one on the Billboard Vinyl Albums Chart on the week ending April 15, 2021, becoming Grande's first chart topping album.[107] Selling around 32,000 vinyl LPs in a week, Positions scored the largest sales week for vinyl albums by a female artist since MRC Data began tracking sales in 1991, until Evermore broke the record in May 2021.[108] On April 6, 2021, Positions was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for moving one million units in the United States.[109]

In the UK, Positions debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming her fourth number one album. For the second time, Grande achieved a chart double with the title track at number one as well. Grande achieved this in 2019 when her album Thank U, Next and single "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" topped the album and singles chart respectively. She is the fourth artist to achieve a chart double in 2020 after Drake, Eminem, and Stormzy, and the second female artist to achieve this feat twice since Rihanna in 2011.[110] In April 2021, Positions also topped the UK's Official Vinyl Albums Chart.[111]

In Canada, Positions debuted at the top spot of Billboard Canadian Albums chart, yielding Grande her fourth Canadian number-one album and third consecutive number-one album.[112] It remained at number one for two consecutive weeks.[113] All 14 tracks of Positions charted on the Canadian Hot 100 simultaneously—Grande's third album to do so, after Sweetener and Thank U, Next. The title track became Grande's fifth Canadian number-one hit and "34+35" debuted at number eight and later peaked at number five, becoming Grande's 18th top ten hit in the country.[114] In Ireland, Positions debuted atop the Irish Albums Chart, becoming Grande's fourth consecutive number one album in the country. It was the most downloaded and most streamed album of the week. Joining Madonna, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, Grande became the fourth female soloist to claim at least four number-one albums on the Irish Charts.[115]

Aided by Positions, Grande placed at number eight on the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's top global artists list of 2020, ranking third amongst women.[116]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes and Tidal.[117][118]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Shut Up"
2:37
2."34+35"
2:53
3."Motive" (with Doja Cat)
2:47
4."Just like Magic"
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Taylor
2:29
5."Off the Table" (with the Weeknd)
  • Brown
  • Shintaro
  • Franks[a]
  • Sayles[a]
3:59
6."Six Thirty"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Taylor
  • Renea
  • Dylan Teixeira
3:04
7."Safety Net" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
3:28
8."My Hair"
2:38
9."Nasty"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Monét
  • Sayles
  • Thomas
  • Teixeira
  • Riddick-Tynes
  • Brown
  • The Rascals
  • Sayles
  • Nami
3:20
10."West Side"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Monét
  • Herrera
  • Ammar Junedi
  • Brown
  • Xavi
  • Junedi[b]
2:12
11."Love Language"
  • Brown
  • Sayles
  • T. Parker
2:59
12."Positions"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Charles
  • London Holmes
  • Angelina Barrett
  • James Jarvis
  • Brian Vincent Bates[c]
2:52
13."Obvious"
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Sayles
  • Conerly[c]
2:28
14."POV"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Parx
  • Oliver Frid
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Frid
3:21
Total length:41:07
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)[117]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Someone like U" (interlude)
1:16
16."Test Drive"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Parx
  • Monét
  • Lindstrom
  • Zachary Foster
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Murda Beatz
  • Zachary Foster
2:02
17."34+35 Remix" (featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion)
  • Grande
  • Dlamini
  • Megan Pete
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Johnson
  • Parx
  • Monét
  • Nicholson
  • Herrera
3:03
18."Worst Behavior"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Parx
  • T. Parker
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • T. Parker
2:04
19."Main Thing"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Sayles
  • Herrera
  • Conerly
  • Yonatan Watts
  • Brown
  • Franks
  • Xavi
  • Sayles[a]
  • Conerly[a]
  • Yonatan Watts[a]
2:09
Total length:51:41

Notes[edit]

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] these contributors are only credited on digital releases of the album
  • Track titles are stylized in all lowercase, except "34+35 Remix".
  • CD releases of the standard edition of Positions credit Doja Cat and the Weeknd as featured artists instead of co-lead artists on "Motive" and "Off the Table", respectively.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[119]

Musicians[edit]

  • Ariana Grande – lead and backing vocals (all tracks)
  • Doja Cat – lead vocals (track 3) and featured vocals (track 17)
  • The Weeknd – lead vocals and backing vocals (track 5)
  • Ty Dolla Sign – featured vocals and backing vocals (track 7)
  • Megan Thee Stallion – featured vocals (track 17)
  • Peter Lee Johnson – strings (tracks 1, 2, 6, 8, 14, and 17)
  • Madison Calle – harp (track 1)
  • Gerry Hilera – concertmaster (tracks 5, 6, and 11)
  • Paula Hochhalter – cello (tracks 5, 6, and 11)
  • Ross Gadsworth – cello (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • David Walther – viola (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Rodney Wirtz – viola (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Ana Landauer – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Ashoka Thiaragarajan – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Ellen Jung – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Gerry Hilera – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Lorand Lokuszta – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Mario De Leon – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Michele Richards – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Neil Samples – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Phillip Levy – violin (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • David Campbell - string arrangements (tracks 5, 6, 11, and 14)
  • Dammo Farmer – bass (track 8)
  • Tarron Crayton – bass (track 11)
  • James Jarvis – guitar (track 12)
  • Murda Beatz – drums (track 16)
  • Zachary Foster – programming (track 16)

Production[edit]

  • Tommy Brownproduction, executive production
  • Mr. Franks – production (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 12–14, 16 and 18–19), co-production (tracks 3, 5, and 17)
  • Peter Lee Johnson – production (tracks 1, 2, and 17)
  • Travis Sayles – production (tracks 1, 9, 11, and 13), co-production (tracks 5, 15 and 19)
  • Xavi – production (tracks 10 and 19), co-production (track 2 and 17)
  • Murda Beatz – production (tracks 3 and 16)
  • Shea Taylor – production (track 4), co-production (track 6)
  • Shintaro – production (track 5)
  • Nami – production (track 9), co-production (track 6)
  • Keys Open Doors – production (track 7)
  • The Rascals – production (tracks 7 and 9)
  • Scott Storch – production (track 8)
  • Tommy Parker – production (tracks 11 and 18)
  • London on da Track – production (track 12)
  • Josh Conerly – production (track 13), co-production (track 19)
  • Oliver "Junior" Frid – production (track 14)
  • Pop Wansel – production (track 15)
  • Sam Wish – production (track 15)
  • Zachary Foster – production (track 16)
  • Ariana Grande – vocal production (all tracks), vocal arrangement (tracks 1–14 and 17)
  • Tayla Parx – vocal production (track 14)
  • Joseph L'Étranger – co-production (track 3)
  • Anthony M. Jones – co-production (track 8)
  • Charles Anderson – co-production (track 8)
  • Ammar Junedi – co-production (track 10)
  • Marqueze Parker – co-production (track 15)
  • Yonatan Watts – co-production (track 19)

Technical[edit]

  • Randy Merrillmastering
  • Serban Gheneamixing
  • Mike Dean – mixing (track 17)
  • Ariana Grande – engineering (tracks 1–8 and 10–19)
  • Billy Hickey – engineering (tracks 1–8 and 10–19)
  • Brendan Morawski – engineering (track 8)
  • Sam Ricci – engineering (track 9)
  • Shawn "Source" Jarrett – engineering (track 17)
  • Brandon Wood – assistant recording engineering (tracks 4 and 6)
  • Andrew Keller – assistant recording engineering (track 8)
  • Sean Klein – assistant recording engineering (track 8)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[163] Gold 10,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[164] Platinum 60,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[165] Platinum 15,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[166] Gold 10,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[167] Gold 10,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[168] Gold 100,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[109] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release history for Positions
Region Date Format(s) Version Label Ref.
Various October 30, 2020 Standard Republic [169][170][171]
February 19, 2021
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Deluxe [47]
March 26, 2021 CD [172]
April 9, 2021 LP Standard [173]
Japan CD Deluxe Universal Music Japan [174]

See also[edit]

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