Not even six months after the release of her album,”Sweetener,” Ariana Grande said “thank u, next” to her album by releasing her newest album, “thank u, next.” Titled after her hit single which earned the title of “biggest music video debut,” according to one Billboard article, by earning 100 million views in just four days after its release. Not to mention the incredible cameos who starred alongside Grande in the music video such as THE Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett,) Kris Jenner and some of the infamous “Victorious” cast from Nickelodeon.
Not only did Ariana Grande’s single “thank u, next” music video smash all other YouTube records, but her brand new album of the same name has made Grande the first solo artist to have three songs charting simultaneously. According to one article from ELLE Magazine, the only other artist to have three songs hit the top of the charts simultaneously were The Beatles in 1964. Repeat: The Beatles!!!
Right before the debut of the “thank u, next” album, Grande released “7 Rings,” which has help the top spot at #1 on the Billboard 100 chart for weeks and features Grande’s rendition of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.” (If you haven’t seen Ariana Grande’s impression of Julie Andrews, check it out. It’s scary accurate.) Along with “7 Rings” and “thank u, next,” the new album features smash hits “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” “NASA” and “ghostin'”.
Right after the release of “Sweetener,” “thank u, next” and the “thank u, next” music video, Grande threw in another iconic music video of her song, “break up with your boyfriend, i’m bored.” The music video features “Riverdale” stars Camila Mendes and Charles Melton, who actually date in real life as well. Not far behind the “thank u, next” music video, the “break up with your boyfriend, i’m bored” music video has reached almost 100 million views.
Other songs such as “NASA,” “needy,” “bloodline” and “ghostin'” have also become fan favorites. Many fans have speculated whether or not her song “ghostin'” is about her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, who overdosed this past September. Fans have also noticed the similarities of the intro to Grande’s the song and the intro to Mac Miller’s song,”2009,” which fans speculate was done in honor of him.
Grande has been candid about this past year as her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Pete Davidson, and the death of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, has been plastered all over social media. In spite of this past year, she came back with not one but two brand new albums, which tell her story of becoming and loving the best version of herself. Go, Ariana Grande!
If you haven’t listened to the “thank u, next” album, you can stream it on Apple Music and Spotify.