Grande's 'Thank U, Next' addresses singer's love life, tough year

Ariana Grande Wrote 3 Versions

Sweetener was released August 17, 2018, and less than six months later, Ariana Grande released thank u, next. One of the highlights includes the song "bloodline".

Ariana Grande's much anticipated fifth studio album thank u, next dropped on February 8, six months after her Grammy award-winning album, Sweetener was released. From her breakup with boyfriend of three years Mac Miller, getting swept up in a whirlwind engagement with Pete Davidson, then breaking up with Davidson after the unexpected death of Miller, as well as an ill-advised hand tattoo, she has truly had a time of it. The song feels very out of place on such a strong studio album by such a seasoned pop star. "My real last name is Grande, but I go by Davidson". It leans on "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music, a song that has been performed many times in many different voices. "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.

Grande describes this song in a tweet as a "simple attractive love that is now (and forever) unattainable". This album is a new era for Grande - it is fitting that this song is done in a style we haven't heard from her yet on her other albums. Grande, now ten years and five albums into her career, is in her prime. Both songs continue to show a more R&B-oriented Grande with sexual lyrics and beats that anyone can vibe to. This approach allows the song to stand alone while also belonging with the other 11 songs. She took to songwriting to express the pain and sorrow. In the past year, Grande has experienced a terrorist attack and the loss of a loved one. "It was, like, scary to put in a song".

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The album layout consistently helps the songs. Millions of memes were created using the songs self-empowering lyrics as well as the songs music video recreating scenes from such iconic movies as "Legally Blonde", "Mean Girls", "13 Going on 30" and "Bring it On".

Grande's album has been mired in mild controversy since sher dropped "7 rings" which had alleged appropriation and "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored" which some felt was queerbaiting.

"Thank u, next" is a sadder complement to "Sweetener", Grande's previous album.

Although very similar themes, Grande's "bloodline" is about wanting someone sexually who wants more from her than just that. The entire album plays like one epic pop-playlist, ideal for blasting in your auto, getting ready for a night out (or night in) with girlfriends or while perhaps mulling the many aspects - both good and bad - of your life. It was released a mere five months after "Sweetener", and those five months were punctuated by moments of real, honest tragedy for Grande.

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