Ariana Grande has been through a lot in the past six months. After breaking up with fiancé Pete Davidson and suffering the loss of her ex Mac Miller, the pop powerhouse returns with her fifth and most personal album yet, thank u, next.
The 12-track project, which Grande describes as the product of “feminine energy and champagne and music and laughter and crying,” includes a pair of chart-topping singles—the title track and “7 rings”—along with songs like “NASA,” “bad idea,” and the *NSYNC-sampled “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.”
“This [album’s] not particularly uplifting,” Grande told Billboard. “A lot of it sounds really upbeat, but it’s actually a super sad chapter.”
thank u, next arrives six months after August’s Sweetener, which topped the Billboard 200 upon its release.
The 25-year-old singer will perform her new music live when she hits the road on her “Sweetener World Tour,” starting March 18 in Albany, New York. She will also become the youngest artist ever to headline Coachella in April.