Ariana Grande has released her much-anticipated fifth studio album only a few months after the release of her fourth studio album, "Sweetener". One can only question how unhealthy their relationship was when Grande sings, "Give you the whole world/ I'ma need space".
Here's everything you need to know about "Thank U, Next". Lyrics such as "Make me wanna make love to you / I might break up with you just to make up with you", show women it is okay to just want flings and to live their best lives untethered. All of this makes listening to "Thank U, Next" a cautionary tale: listeners must understand the context in which this album has been released and consider Grande's critics.
For the last week, Arianators have been tweeting the hashtag #BOYCOTT7RINGS, but it's not for the reason you might think. After that, the singer took some time off, broke up with rapper Mac Miller and got engaged to the American comedian Pete Davidson. It's her most cohesive and consistent album to date, and its focus on the unconventional just might be where Grande should stay for a while. Her most personal song is "fake smile", with Grande expressing how tough things have been for her recently.
Grande describes this song in a tweet as a "simple beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable".
Obviously, Davidson and Grande were a hot ticket couple for a while, and Ariana's new album thank u, next has only renewed interest in the vestiges of their relationship.
The singer was clearly amused by her fans' efforts.
Grande weaves the ups and downs of her roller-coaster year throughout "Thank U, Next". And Grande continues to grow into her own voice, four octaves and all. "... Putting it in a song makes it very, 'OK". "Needy" is about what the title hints at - Grande admits to feeling needy after being "a lil' messed up" from her past relationships and what she's gone through.
"7 rings" has been top of Billboard's Hot 100 for 3 weeks and the USA charts are looking like the tracklist of her whole album. She has a song for everyone - whether single, in a relationship or "it's complicated".
If "Sweetener" was an album about love, healing and light, "Thank U, Next" is its second act, following themes of breakups and independence and Grande exploring being single after a whirlwind of exes.
Okay so there were three versions of "Thank U, Next", Grande wasn't sure if she and Davidson were ever going to marry and she's not in touch with Davidson. In "needy", she acknowledges her weaknesses as she confesses, "I'm obsessive and I love too hard / Good at overthinking with my heart", over rhythmic snaps and a pinging, relentlessly persistent note; even the background demands your attention.