Written by: Amber Haydar
Pop sensation, Ariana Grande, has finally earned her first #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with a track that addresses an empowering message of self-love and a reflection of her past, titled thank u, next.
The hit-single was well-received from the public the moment it was released, some fans dubbing it “the mother of all break-up anthems.”
Grande inspiringly displays vulnerability by addressing her ex-boyfriends by name in the first few lines of the track, before coming to the healthy conclusion that the most valuable relationship in her life is the one she has with herself.
Thank u, next is the title track of Grande’s fifth studio album, expected to drop later on this year or early 2019.
On May 22, 2017, Grande performed to a crowd of ecstatic, devoted fans in Manchester, United Kingdom during the European leg of her Dangerous Woman Tour. Tragically, as the concert came to an end, fans were leaving Manchester Arena as a suicide bomb was detonated. Twenty-three people were killed, including the attacker, and 139 people were wounded, more than half of them children. Thankfully, Grande had not been injured in the attack but she suffers from PTSD to this day because of it.
Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener, was released in August, three months prior to the surprise release of “thank u, next.” The body of work includes guest features from Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, and Missy Elliott. Sweetener’s lead single, no tears left to cry, is an uplifting dance-pop track that discusses her personal growth since the Manchester bombing and how she is stronger than ever before. Grande has now decided to write her own narrative about her past relationships, and that is how thank u, next came to be. The empowering message struck a chord with many and is now a worldwide hit.
On November 30, Grande released the music video to “thank u, next,” — which derives inspiration from early 2000s movies Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, and 13 Going On 30. The five-minute long video become the most watched video on Youtube and VEVO in the span of 24 hours, garnering over 55.4 million views.
Ariana Grande is embarking on the Sweetener World Tour, performing mainly songs from that album, as well as songs from upcoming album, thank u, next , on March 18, 2019. Grande is performing in Miami on May 31, so make sure to get your tickets and give her upcoming album, thank u, next a listen when it is released.