Ariana Grande

24 albums, 176 tracks

Born in Jun 26, 1993



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Jun 14, 2019

Ariana Grande Shows Off Her Grand Voice in A Sweetener of an Album

Written by @tonyfabelous from Fabelousity  / 6 mins read

When I learned that Ariana Grande won this year’s Grammy award for Best Pop Album for Sweetener, I admit my left eyebrow went up. Well, I was not in a good position to judge the winner for that category at that time because I have only heard the hits she released from that album (“God Is A Woman”, “No Tears Left to Cry” and “Breathin’”), and I did not even like “God is a Woman”. Also, she had very stiff competition in the category, with Taylor Swift, P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello, and Shawn Mendes, all with very solid and interesting pop albums. At that time, I was more decidedly in favor of Taylor Swift or P!nk, whose albums I’ve had already heard and felt were very well-made. However, now that I have listened to Sweetener, I realized the Grammy voters may have been on to something. Ariana’s earlier albums (My Everything and Dangerous Woman), although they contained some really solid hits, had its peaks and valleys and there were songs in them that were uninteresting, as if she was just coasting along. Here in Sweetener though, the record company or Ariana, could’ve chosen any of the full songs as singles, and I’m sure they would’ve charted. It’s always refreshing to hear an artist just work freely with her vocal expression especially if they have THE voice like Ariana. Her songs here sound fresh and breezy and I could pick six of them, not even including the four singles released (one was a promotional single), as my top picks. I will tell you why.

The Four Singles Released From This Album

Swedish popmeisters Ilya and Max Martin have major songwriter and producer credits on the three singles released from this album, with Ariana herself getting songwriter credits on all four singles released – showing the breadth of her involvement in this album. Among the four singles released, my most favorite is “No Tears Left to Cry” which is a song about moving on after a failed relationship. I like its positive message of liking oneself again after failing in love – “Right now, I'm in a state of mind / I wanna be in, like, all the time / Ain't got no tears left to cry / So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah) / I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up” Picking up the pieces after a breakup is never easy and it does destroy one’s self-esteem, so self-love is very important at this point, so one can move on with one’s life. I also love “Breathin’” which is a personal song for Ariana. I think here, she’s talking about the days when she’s overwhelmed by the work she has to do and the pressures of being a worldwide celebrity. She says here “Some days, things just take way too much of my energy / I look up and the whole room's spinning / You take my cares away / I can so overcomplicate, people tell me to medicate”. Surprisingly honest lyrics, don’t you think? In the world of superstardom, there are many tales of artists on medication – pain medication, depression medication, anything that can make them feel normal again. In this song, Ariana’s friend suggests a simple solution to all the pressures and that is the song’s title. What a bright idea! The next song “The Light is Coming” was unfortunately, used only as a promotional single. I believe it’s a very good song and Ariana has had collaborations with Nicki Minaj which have become hits (“Side to Side” and “Bang Bang”– so the people are familiar with their work together. Pharrell produced this song and one can hear that in his heavy use of percussion and him allowing Ariana to rap – and she does it well, don’t you think? I like the positive message again of this song – “The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole”. As for the lead single, “God is a Woman”, I already mentioned that I don’t like the song.

Successful, Sweetener and Goodnight and Go: My Top Three Picks for this Album

I am featuring here my three top picks from the album which were not released as singles, and as I have said before, they would’ve performed well if released to the public. I don’t begrudge Ariana for singing about her success. She’s earned it! In the song “Successful”, she celebrates that feeling with abandon “Yeah, it feels so good to be so young / And have this fun and be successful, yeah / I'm so successful, yeah” Pharrell uses a delightful beat in this song which suits the cute nature of Ariana’s persona – that’s why I think it’s a pity they did not release this as a single. They could’ve conceptualized a video for this that would just as be as adorable as the petite Ariana. Another single that would’ve supplemented the cute factor in this album is “Goodnight and Go”. It’s a dreamy ballad sung by Ariana with just the right longing and desire – “Oh, why'd you have to be so cute? / It's impossible to ignore you, ah / Why must you make me laugh so much? / It's bad enough we get along so well / Just say goodnight and go” The schoolgirl-like lyrics make it a proper prom song, don’t you think? It does have kind-of-a Cinderella vibe to it. I also love the title track of this album. Once again, Pharrell works on this song, giving it that distinctive R&B groove – something youthful that fits Ariana’s vocals. I also like its lyrics which gives a positive message “When life deals us cards / Make everything taste like it is salt / Then you come through like the sweetener you are / To bring the bitter taste to a halt” All of us do need our own personal sweeteners like Ariana. They make our lives much more bearable. In my narrative for Ariana’s Thank U, Next, I said that she did not use her vaunted vocals on any of the songs there, instead opting for low-key productions which do not really showcase her voice. However, here in this album, Ariana gives an amazing teaser of how powerful her voice really is. The mini-song opens the album and it’s entitled “Raindrops (An Angel Cried)”. In this snippet, Ariana goes full blast with her voice and shows to everyone what her soprano is capable of. That smidgen of a song is enough for me to be in awe.

Jun 14, 2019

Let the Male Bashing Begin

Written by @akingbaby from SpateHipHopNews  / 3 mins read

With a title like “thank u, next” I didn’t expect Ariana Grande to have a lot of nice things to say about her ex’s. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of my favorite albums and men can still relate to the scenarios she talks about on the album. But while I was listening to the album, it made me think about what women really thought of me in my past relationships. The album has a let’s have sex and then you go home type of vibe. I enjoyed the whole album but there were a few standout songs to me.

I can so relate to this song

How many times were you in a situation where you knew the girl or guy wasn’t right for you, but you still wanted to test the waters. “Bloodline” is the story of my life. I can remember being set up on blind dates, and not liking the girl but I decided to give her a chance anyway. Knowing in the back of my mind that this wasn’t going anywhere. Ariana Grande hammers her point with the first line of the song. “Even though you're bad for me, I know you're the one that I'm thinking”. Whether you’re a man or women you can still relate to the message in this song.

I don’t need you and I’m so independent

By far one of my favorite songs on the album, but I couldn’t help but notice she doesn’t need me. I know this is an anthem for all the independent women out there. “I want it, I got it” is the focus of this club banger. Honestly, I can get into an independent woman. I prefer a woman that has a good job and pays her own bills. Doesn’t this make it easier on a guy? I like it, and I don’t really care how other people handle their business.

Make up sex is the best

Not only is this song soulful and smooth, Ariana Grande talks about her experiences with make up sex. I’m not the kind of guy that likes to go back and forth in a relationship. With me once its over, we are done for good. But I can remember once or twice where I got back together with a girl. The combination of you missing that person plus those feelings of someone really wanting you, can really make for some great sex. It almost seems like it’s a pattern for Ariana Grande, that may be a bad thing. Nobody should get used to breaking up.

May 24, 2019

Dominating The Pop Scene

Written by @gospelredefined from Gospel Redefined  / 7 mins read

Thank You, Next is the fifth studio album of pop sensation, Ariana Grande. The days are gone when she was referred to as a Nickelodeon star turned singer. She’s become a queen of her style and master of her sound – and this album proves that in all ramifications. After the release of this album, I talked with a couple of friends over a few bottles of drinks. And during our conversation, I talked about how Ariana Grande had not only grown to become a musical sound to be reckoned with, but how most – if not all of her songs give some kind of empowerment to its listeners, especially the females among them. I was not surprised at how positive their replies, citations and contributions were. Although this album was created during the kind of emotional period of her life, it still gained recognition and topped various charts around the world. Many a thing changed in Grande’s musical career and style, and one of those changes I noticed is the adoption and mastery of the Trap style of music – a genre of music that ‘came out of the blues’ and began to gain recognition in the music industry and among top musical acts. By mixing Pop, R&B, and Trap in this album, Ariana Grande has proven to be very versatile and able to pierce the souls of her listeners/audience with her devastatingly strong voice. Lovers of good music should be ready to take in more stunning studio works from this great and talented pop star.

Finally, We Might Not Have To Feel The Pains Of Break-up Anymore

The prelude of this song is undoubtedly amazing, as a piano laden instrumental takes control of the soft, yet pulsating song, “thank u, next.” The fact that this song sounds soft and solemn should not hide the truth that its wordings are noteworthy and communicate a message of lessons learnt, strengths, failures, gratitude and compassion – with a little touch of silent disappointment. I must confess that nobody – absolutely nobody saw this coming. We were just recovering from the awe “No Tears Left To Cry” and “Breathin’” brought, when Ariana Grande shocked the world with this epic break-up bop. At first, I was pissed because girls actually became stronger after break-ups – in most cases; this was not what used to happen. It almost made me take Ariana Grande for a feminist but I was wrong. Had I not experience a tragic break-up, I would have still dwelt in that cloud of thoughts. ‘One taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain……’ – with these words, Grande actually showed the world that there is actually a lot that happens after a break-up, including the fact that it makes you stronger and a better person –­and not neglecting the truth that it causes pain and emotional trauma. Many musical geniuses classified this song as a mixture of R&B and empowerment Pop. Aside the fact that Juice WRLD is a fine break-up/heartbreak singer, Ariana Grande is, no doubt, evolving into a fine break-up songstress. I would personally say that this song has given a new sound to the Pop culture – and a new attitude to the break-up saga.

Handling The Wheels of The New Pop Culture

Trap? Not at all! A lot of people were quick to classify this melody as a trap song, when it first landed the waves. This fine tune from Ariana Grande is actually categorized as Trap Pop – although it is accompanied with a soothing R&B flow. I’m pretty sure that sounds new, but this track is a result of what experimenting can do. The instrumentals were consistent, from start to finish. There’s no doubt that music is one to vibe to – it could be called a ‘vibey’ music. This one song can make you hop into your car and start to cruise the streets with your windows rolled down – and, of course, the music at its loudest volume. Apart from its vibey and want to make you cruise nature, the song has one unique feature that doesn’t come with all Pop sounds in the music industry – playful lyrics. It plays with the themes of desire, jealousy and, maybe, confidence. Although this song might have ‘hidden’ her vocal, in one way or the other, but this song has given the Pop music a fresh take on how, rapidly, its culture is changing – and the fact that Ariana Grande might be the one at the wheels of this change.

The untouched beauty of Ariana Grande

“7 rings” is a sensation in every way. After the release of this single, a lot of people concluded that ‘flexing’ is gradually becoming an important part of Grande’s self-care ‘regime’. Luxuriating in the joy of being young and successful, she sang to the rhythm of the amazing combo of Trap beats and soft R&B/Pop touches, at the first and second verses. What got most people talking about this song was the third verse. Most music critics believed that the third verse still remains the toughest she has ever sounded. Rapping has never been a part of her genre but when she hit that third verse, she flowed with an impressive level of dexterity. Recently, I was at a mall where this particular song was played, and I overheard someone saying, If only she had considered the poor listeners. I laughed harder each time I remember that ‘review’. Putting things in perspective, and taking a critical look at the evolution of the Pop culture, lovers of the Pop sound would notice that Ariana Grande’s style of music has, not only blessed the music industry – it has given it a new ‘look’.

Time Off Relationships and Feminism Issues?

At this point in the review of the album – thank you, next, you would realize that the album is a product of wits, diligence and a host of others virtues. And this song, NASA is one of those amazing products off the album – it remains Ari’s biggest non-singles commercially, having successfully reached top 20 in different countries – including Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. The song is started off with a quote from Shangela, an American drag queen, which is a spin of Neil Armstrong’s quote after returning from the moon. His words were, ‘This is one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind. It’s no new thing that most of her songs her women-empowering. Now to the main theme of the song – being a three minutes and few seconds long track, Ariana Grande goes in ‘details’ to tell her listeners the need of spacing in relationships. According to her, the importance of spacing in relationships is to miss a lover acutely – just like when she sang, ‘I can’t really miss you if I’m with you. Then there comes the benefit: ‘And when I miss you, it’ll change the way I kiss you’ – telling you that time apart is beneficial in a relationship unlike what most people think of it.

thank u, next Album For Giving Me Something To Put On Repeat For The Next Month

Typically, we can expect an Ariana Grande album once every year or two. Typically, they are pretty good if not great albums, but this time, we got two albums within six months. 6! And I’m not talking EP’s or short nine song albums, full-ass albums! I’ve spoken on Sweetener and said that I didn’t like it too much and was very disappointed in it, but the second I heard that she was already making an album, I knew it was going to be perfect. I had no doubt in my mind that thank u, next was going to be anything less than my favorite Ari album of all time- and boy was I right. thank u, next brought a lot of different sounds from Ariana and a lot of truth, as well as a new favorite word “ya.” The album is comprised of twelve songs and twelve million ‘ya’s.

Written by adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie / May 08, 2019

Let the Male Bashing Begin

With a title like “thank u, next” I didn’t expect Ariana Grande to have a lot of nice things to say about her ex’s. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of my favorite albums and men can still relate to the scenarios she talks about on the album. But while I was listening to the album, it made me think about what women really thought of me in my past relationships. The album has a let’s have sex and then you go home type of vibe. I enjoyed the whole album but there were a few standout songs to me.

Written by akingbaby from SpateHipHopNews / Jun 11, 2019

Thank U, Next: A Solid and Wonderful Album From Ariana Grande But It Fails to Capitalize on Her Best Gift – Her Voice

Ariana Grande holds a trump card up her sleeve which she hasn’t fully utilized yet and have been able to receive its full dividends. Thank u, next is already her fifth studio album in as many years, yet I am still looking for THAT song which is going to blow everyone’s brains out. I think you know what I mean. She has THE voice of an angel – and many divas before her have used that gift at some point of their careers to show to everyone what they are really capable of. Whitney Houston blew everyone away with her breathtaking rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Celine Dion finally won a Grammy Album of the Year award partly because of her dramatic rendition of the Jim Steinman-penned song which was an operatic aria in pop terms “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”. For Mariah Carey, she did it for me with “I Don’t Wanna Cry”, where she showed the world she can be as soothing with her lowest octave as she can shatter glass with her highest octave. When Beyonce sings “Halo” it’s as if the heavens suddenly open up and bathe us with its calming light. THAT is what I am talking about. I have given thank u, next several spins and it is an aptly-titled album for a worldwide star who is social media savvy and knows how to market her love life to her adoring fans and control which tidbits of her emotions are for sale and which ones to keep for her own sanity. It is an album which sounds like a catharsis for Ariana especially after that Manchester incident which should have really shaken her to the core. Her kingdom of make believe suddenly shaken by the evils and the threat of terrorism just happening a few feet away from her. Thank u, next is a solid and wonderful effort from here, but there is no song in this album that showcases what her voice can REALLY do – and we all know that she is capable of doing much much more. One day soon, I’m sure she will use this trump card of hers, probably when she has to survive another wave of competition from younger female singers – that will be the day she can finally say to everyone – “Eat this, bitches!”

Written by tonyfabelous from Fabelousity / May 31, 2019

Ariana Turns Lemons Into Lemonade.

I love this album, and this is undoubtedly the most relatable album of Ariana Grande. “7 Rings” is actually the best song I've ever heard I love how Ariana Grande keep making all of her song have a charming feel. This album got everyone thinking, we all had something to say. I had something to say but we can never understand the whole inspiration behind this magical piece she brought to life. This defeats the whole purpose of "Money Can't Buy Everything". She took a classic song from a classic musical and changed the lyrics to be all about being rich. This is obviously talent. The most Iconic music video ever. What got me was that it had Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going On 30, Legally Blonde, Cat and Robbie feels, Jennifer Coolidge, and more. Ariana literally broke the internet and wowed everyone even in her state of being criticized by the media. The song is amazing and I just covered thank u, next and my favorite song in this album is actually, “thank U, Next,” it did not only break the internet but it became an anthem for me and the ladies couldn't help but post photos saying thankful next twitter was on a hot sit for days after the release of this album. Ariana’s unique voice is a stand out and she proved her worth even more by turning lemons into lemonades with the album.

Written by melodyjacob / May 24, 2019

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Ariana Grande-Butera (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə ˈɡrɑːndeɪ/; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–2013) and in the spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–2014). She has also appeared in other theatre and television roles and has lent her voice to animated television and films.
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