Ariana Grande video breaks YouTube Record

Pop star Ariana Grande's new song video "Thank U, Next" has garnered a 55 million YouTube views.
Pop star Ariana Grande's new song video "Thank U, Next" has garnered a 55 million YouTube views.

Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" video has smashed YouTube's all-time record for most views in the first 24 hours of release.

The video, an homage to female-driven movies from the early 2000s, dropped on Friday after weeks of buildup -- and set the record in just under 22 hours.

"Thank U, Next" garnered a record 55 million views in its first 24 hours, YouTube said on Monday, pushing it past the previous record holder, K-pop supergroup BTS, which notched 45.9 million views for their Idol music video in the first 24 hours in August.

In addition, according to YouTube, it set the record for most-viewed video that used YouTube's Premiere scheduling feature with 829,000 viewers watching simultaneously at its peak.

Grande fans sent over 516,000 chat messages during the video debut, also a record for YouTube Premieres. The initial traffic spike caused a delay in comments posting to the video, according to YouTube.

The video is saturated with references to movies Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going On 30 and Legally Blonde.

It features cameos by Mean Girls actors Jonathan Bennett and and Stefanie Drummond -- with Kris Jenner as the dancing/camcorder-brandishing mom.

It also includes appearances by YouTube stars Colleen Ballinger and Gabi DeMartino, Jennifer Coolidge , singer Troye Sivan, and "Thank U, Next" co-songwriters Tayla Parx and Victoria Monet.

The record-breaking video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis.

Australian Associated Press