Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next (Republic Records)

Carla Harmon
February 14, 2019

And Grande has got in front of this potentially stifling maelstrom by satirising her own fans in the video to the album's title track.

The success of her album release is no surprise after her single, "thank u, next" dominated the charts.

Ariana Grande dropped her fifth studio album on February 8, and, no, you're not having deja vu: "Thank U, Next" arrives less than a year after her last album, "Sweetener", which debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in August.

If there's anything we learned over the last couple of weeks, it's that tattoos aren't one of Ariana Grande's strengths.


Grande will then take the tour overseas, where she is set for worldwide performances in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland, among other stops. She has gone through these similar feelings in the past year. The titular single breakup anthem, however, was eventually topped by "7 rings". This album is easily one of the best that Grande has written. She contemplates the problems she has in her relationship and how her partner isn't reciprocating her feelings, "Imagine a world like that/ We could lie until I'm 'sleep on your chest/ Love how my face fits so/ good in your neck/ Why can't you/ Imagine a world like that".

The song was "closure" for Grande and for her mom, Joan Grande. It was her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, served as the launching point for one of Grande's most successful projects and proved that a pop star looking to hip-hop for inspiration in the streaming age could pay huge dividends.

But the new tracks released in thank u, next are what really sets the album apart from more happy-go-lucky projects like Sweetener. The chorus belts out: "Don't want you in my bloodline, yeah / just wanna have a good time, yeah".

Nonetheless, far from conveying bitterness or resentment, "Thank U, Next" is a handsome tribute to those who have poured into our lives and helped us grow on our own life journeys, even if in the end they weren't "the one" for us.


But it is also quite apparent who she is referencing. Apple Music said Grande's "thank u, next" became the streaming service's biggest day one global pop album and biggest day one global for a female artist.

Yes, the songs may conflict, but this adds to the beauty of the album as she relates her songs to her emotionally diverse audience.

Another wonder song that rounds out the album is "Fake Smile". It is remarkable that Grande was compelled to compose and record this album within five months of the release of "Sweetener", much in the same vein that West funneled his grief into an experimental album.


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