Ariana Grande Releases ‘thank u, next’ Album (Tracklist, Lyrics, Cover Art, Meanings and More)

Ariana Grande’s downward spiralling relationship status turned out to be a series of global hits that led to her fifth studio album ‘thank u, next.” After two phenomenal global hit singles, Ari has finally released the album on February 8th 2019.

While Ariana’s 2018 fourth studio album ‘Sweetener’ produced some massive hits such as “God is a woman,” “No Tears Left to Cry,” “Breathin” and “The Light is Coming” with Nicki Minaj, her latest album promises to be even bigger.

The 2019 album ‘thank u, next’ comes almost back-to-back from her 2018 album ‘Sweetener’ released approximately 5 months before. Ariana Grande broke up with her fiance-rapper Mac Miller in early 2018 and moved on to a relationship with comedian-Pete Davidson. They got engaged within a matter of a month and Mac Miller passed away due to an overdose. Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande broke up towards the latter half of 2018 and all music broke lose. Ari first premiered the breakup anthem of the year “thank u, next,” an ado to her ex-boyfriends who have taught her so much about life and love. Next, we got “7 Rings” which was a dedication to best friends. And today, we finally have the entire album details.

After “thank u, next” single release, a fan asked Ari if the entire album is going to be about breakups. Ariana responded;

And salvaged they did!

Full Track List of ‘thank u, next’ Album by Ariana Grande

  1. imagine
  2. needy
  3. NASA
  4. bloodline
  5. fake smile
  6. bad idea
  7. make up
  8. ghostin
  9. in my head
  10. 7 Rings
  11. thank u, next
  12. break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored

Unsurprisingly, there are no collaborations on this album. Ari experienced her breaku up emotions by herself and turned them into lyrics by herself.

Album Artwork for ‘thank u, next’ by Ariana Grande

Image credits: Apple Music

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Ariana Grande Tweeted about this upside-down album artwork, referencing to ‘Sweetener’ artwork which had a similar style;

Having written this album on the 3 worst weeks of her life, ‘thank u, next’ contains some pretty positive songs. For an example; “ghostin” speaks about how the singer is stuck in the wrong relationship. She thinks about another man and wants to be with him. But later on the song, she makes up her mind that what she has is more precious than some dream-boy fantasy.

The second single “7 Rings” is all about friendships and her luxuries. The song is inspired by a real life event where Ariana Grande bought 7 diamond studded engagement rings to 6 of her friends and herself during a drunken girls night out. In a making-of video for “7 Rings,” Ari showed us that she inducted the music video director-Hanna Lux Davis to the rings cult making it ‘8 rings’ now.

The latest single “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’ has us questioning Ari’s sexuality. She is heard drooling over a couple at the dance floor, only to realize that she actually wants the girl.

However, not all the tracks on ‘thank u, next’ are fun and happy. There are several songs that are a reflection of her emotions during the worst weeks of her life. “fake smile” is an entire song dedicated to her emotions of being in the wrong relationship. May be, this song is a reflection on her relationship with Pete Davidson, which ended quite badly.

In the song “NASA,” Ariana plays on words. NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration-a US governemnt program on space exploration. Ariana builds on the word ‘space’ meaning that a couple needs space between them.

Whatever Ariana wants to sing about, her fan base is ready to pounce on them and accept. Much like her last album ‘Sweetener,’ this 2019 project is, too, promised to show signs of a #1 debut on Billboard 200 chart.

Let us know what you think about ‘thank u, next’ album by Ariana Grande. What is your favourite song/s from the album? Leave a comment below.

Adam McDonald

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