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Ariana Grande’s thank u, next - What You Need To Know
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Ariana Grande’s thank u, next - What You Need To Know

It was only a few short months ago that we were talking Ariana Grande’s last studio album Sweetener, but she’s already back with a follow-up. Here is everything you need to know about the pop superstar’s new effort thank u, next...


A little background…

The last two years have been a total whirlwind for Ariana Grande. Professionally, things have never been bigger or better, she’s delivered a hugely successful album, sold out a huge world tour, headlined one of the biggest Disney smashes of all time and is already confirmed to become the youngest ever headliner of Coachella.

Away from the studio and the stage, things have been very difficult. First, and most tragically, are the Manchester Arena bombings, which took place on the same night that Grande headlined the venue. The singer returned to the city to headline a free concert for the victims a few weeks’ later, but the trauma from that night will live on for many years.

Grande has also split from two long-term partners. First rapper Mac Miller, who then tragically died late in 2018 after a drug overdose, and then comedian Pete Davidson, who had been her fiance.

The singer has open about the inspiration these troubled times have given her. It’s been a lot...


Who’s producing it?

Grande’s pulling power for super-producers is unparalleled right now and it shows on thank u, next.

The pop king himself, Max Martin, is on four tracks, with two of his prodigies, Savan Kotecha and Ilya Salmanzadeh, also helping.

Elsewhere, Tommy Brown, who helped Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony write some of their biggest hits, is on there, as is the wonderfully named Andrew "Pop" Wansel, one of Nicki Minaj's key writing partners.


Any special guests?

There’s plenty of production talent, but unlike 2018’s guest-heavy Sweetener, thank u, next only features Grande’s vocals.


What does it sound like?

Grande’s previous effort Sweetener was a melancholy, reflective effort, full of sadness and tenderness. This is a far feistier beast, with Grande channelling 90s R&B and hip-hop rather than the elegiac choral pop she showed off on Sweetener. This is a sassier, sharper and far more fun collection.


Does it deliver?

thank u, next is the light to Sweetener’s shade. It’s more experimental but still chock full of bangers. We wish the singer could be this prolific all the time.


Ariana Grande’s new album thank u, next is out now in hmv stores.

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