I’ll be honest. Before today, I didn’t really have an opinion on Ariana Grande. But then, she dropped her new single, ‘thank u, next’. And now, I’m a bit awestruck.
Ariana Grande and Her Difficult Year
We all know Ariana Grande has recently been through a lot of ups and downs in her life. From the unfortunate death of ex, Mac Miller, to her break-up with fiancé, Pete Davidson, she’s been going through a rough patch.
Despite that, we’ve seen her unfailingly display endless strength. Surprisingly, she has handled everything with unbelievable grace and kindness.
Thank U, Next
But her new song, ‘thank u, next’, released just yesterday (Saturday, Nov.3), takes all that to a whole new level. We’re already aware that Ariana has the voice of an angel. Even though she can secure high notes too, she typically sings in softer notes (which isn’t usually my type of music).
However, this song exposes the beauty of her voice and its potential in a completely different light. The song isn’t just mesmerizing to listen to, but also undeniably empowering to anyone going through a tough time (especially heartbreak). Moreover, Ariana shows great strength and maturity in her lyrics of ‘thank u, next’.
Pete Davidson and Mac Miller
Grande has been teasing ‘thank u, next’ all week. Without warning, she dropped the full song Saturday night. This happened just half an hour before the first new episode of SNL, after her recent break-up with Davidson. In case you didn’t know, Pete Davidson stars in SNL as a stand-up comedian. So naturally, the timing of the new song seemed a bit odd.
But despite that, the sweet lyrics of the song make it clear that Ariana is cool with all of her exes. When it comes to Mac Miller, she sings “he was an angel” in a heart-touching verse.
That aside, the only controversy that may surround her new song might be the fact that she actually name-drops all her exes. Davidson is one of the many ex-boyfriends Grande references in the song’s opening lines, along with Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez and Mac Miller; the latter of whom she remembers most fondly.
The Lyrics of the Song
She concludes by telling the world that she’s grateful for all of them and that she’s doing good on her own. She seems to be busy working on herself. In one of the track’s verses, Grande seemingly discloses that she’s moved on to another man. But then, she reveals that the soulmate she’s singing about is, in fact, herself.
The lyrics are captivating, as they express the beauty of gratitude, self-love and self-appreciation. This isn’t the first song released about self-love this week (See: Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Party for One’).
As for the tune of ‘thank u, next’, it’s almost soothing to listen to. Ariana Grande has been on the journey of discovering her sound since a while now. Just recently, she released her 2018 album, ‘Sweetener’. She’s also currently set on a tour for ‘Sweetener’, which will begin in a few months. Her new song ‘thank u, next’ just proves that she has found her style when it comes to song-writing. It foreshadows the anticipative future that’s yet to come for Ariana and her music.
But anyway, I will stop rambling about it now and let you listen to the new song yourself.