Single Review: Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next

Ariana Grande thank u next

Ariana Grande drops track about her exes out of the blue
It is only little over two months ago that Ariana Grande released her latest album Sweetener, but she is ready to kick off the next era already. A lot has happened in Ari’s personal life since then. Her ex-boyfriend rapper Mac Miller overdosed and passed away while her relationship with comedian Pete Davidson (to whom she was engaged) ended. When Davidson made fun of their break up in a preview of the next SNL episode, Grande took to Twitter to hit back using some lyrics of a new track titled ‘thank u, next’. Just before the episode actually aired, Grande dropped the tune and announced that it is the lead single of an album with the same name.

For us who were expecting a big old diss track following the tweets, the outcome might be surprising. ‘Thank u, next’ is a playful tribute to her exes that does not talk down on them, but at the same time shows Ariana is happy to move on. In the first verse she name drops four of her former lovers, singing: “Thought I’d end up with Sean, but he wasn’t a match. Wrote some songs about Ricky, Now I listen and laugh. Even almost got married and for Pete, I’m so thankful. Wish I could say “Thank you” to Malcolm, ’cause he was an angel.” The lines dedicated to Malcolm (Mac Miller) are a heartbreaking moment in a track that is otherwise quite hopeful. In the second verse she states she does not need anyone else but her friends and herself (‘this one gon’ last, ’cause her name is Ari’), while she expresses the hope to once happily marry in the middle-eight while honouring her mother.

So now we know about the lyrics, but what about the actual tune!? Grande continues her brand of breezy, airy tunes with light electronic productions. Her vocals sound so effortlessly divine and add to the ethereal, soaring quality of her tunes. The production by Crazy Mike, Scootie and TBHits combines elements from contemporary R&B and synth pop and Ariana wasn’t lying when she stated in the middle-eight that ”least this song is a smash’. Ariana did not even properly finish her imperial phase, only to surprise us with the next one!

Update: Ariana performed the track live on the Ellen show. She tripped, she giggled and still slayed. With Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx by her side, she performed a show inspired by her favourite movie, The First Wives Club. The choreography was cute and their enthusiasm contagious. Ariana sounded more than decent and this will all definitely add to the success of the track that already broke streaming records on its first day. Watch the performance here. 

 

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