Sweetener

AlbumbyAriana Grande

Released in 2018, 15 tracks, 48 min

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"Sweetener"

This Ariana Grande Obsession Needs To Stop, And I’d Love To Put An End To It

I’ve already rolled my eyes at least five times while writing this first line. I don’t get it. I really don’t get the obsession with Ariana Grande. At least, not now — not in 2019. If I’m being honest, I would’ve given her my support 6 years ago. For those of you weren’t aware, Ariana Grande starred in one of my favorite Nickelodeon shows Victorious alongside Victoria Justice and my queen Liz Gillies. Ariana Grande wasn’t the main character, nor had she even appeared in every episode. She was a side character, seemingly not destined for more. As the show unfolded, we got to hear more vocal chops from each cast member. Ariana Grande got her chance to shine in some duets and group numbers, and I’m fully aware of what her voice can do, but I didn’t really expect for her to be the runaway success of the show. (I’m still holding out for a Liz Gillies album.) Now, another thing that people may not be aware of is Ariana Grande’s failed debut single “Put Your Hearts Up” which sampled “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes, and not very well. She quickly tried to erase that shit stain of a song from her discography by doing what anyone would do — pretending it didn’t exist. A couple years later she released “The Way” with soon-to-be boyfriend Mac Miller. This song, I actually dug. You could ask my friends, I always got excited when it would come on the radio. I know the words, even now. I was there for that song, and that album. Yours Truly was, and still may be Ariana Grande’s best work. I also didn’t hate 2016’s Dangerous Woman, but I was excited for the kind of artist she could be at the beginning of her career. She wasn’t quite the manufactured pop star; she was more R&B leaning, with slight pop elements. She was rather reminiscent of a young Mariah Carey and even though the comparisons weren’t meant to be positive, I wouldn’t consider them as a mark against her. But who she is today, well, that’s not the Ariana Grande I was signing up for, and I think it’s gotten seriously out of hand.

May 24, 2019

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"Sweetener"

Released

  • Aug 17, 2018

Genres

  • Pop

Label

  • Republic

Producer

  • Ariana Grande (exec.)
  • Scooter Braun (exec.)
  • Charles Anderson
  • Brian Malik Baptiste
  • Tommy Brown
  • Michael Foster
  • Hit-Boy
  • Ilya
  • Max Martin
  • Pharrell Williams

Studio

  • Glenwood Place (Burbank, California)
  • Jungle City and Germano (New York City)
  • Chalice, Conway and East West (Hollywood, California)
  • MXM and The Lunchtable (Los Angeles, California)
  • Midnight Blue and South Beach (Miami, Florida)
  • MXM and Wolf Cousins (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • District 4-12 (Northridge, California)

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Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.
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