CD | Pop | 08 Feb 2019
American singer Ariana Grande releases "thank u next" as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name. Thank U Next track was written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria McCants, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster.
The track broke a string of records, including the record for the most plays in a single day by a female artist on Spotify. Commercially, "thank u, next" has reached number one in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal and Singapore, the top ten in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, and the top twenty in Belgium, France and Germany.
Review of Ariana Grande - thank u, next by Thomas Bleach
Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album ‘Sweetner’ was only released a couple of months ago but she’s already backed it up with another slick collection of tracks. ‘Thank U, Next’ is not only her fifth studio album but it’s also what her fourth studio album should've been. It’s a cohesive collection of tracks that further experiment with the R&B heavy sound she’s adapted. The loved up opener ‘Imagine’ explores unattainable love which sits somewhere in the “now and forever” territory. It’s a dreamy and beautiful moment that will have you reminiscing on your previous relationships and wishing things played out differently. But from there she gets a little vulnerable with ‘Needy’ which plays as a confessional to her insecurities and ‘NASA’ where she admits that she sometimes needs space from her lover for herself. “It's like I'm the universe and you'll be N-A-S-A”. And both these tracks heavily rely on polished RNB beats to help add to the slick harmonies. From there she sonically delivers the sequel to ‘Side To Side’ on the instant fan favourite ‘Bloodline’ before my personal favourite ‘Fake Smile’ which is so honest to the current state of social media and society. “Fuck a fake smile” she confesses in reference to the pressures of always acting happy even when she’s not. She then backs it up wit the experimental ‘Bad Idea’ that has one of the fieriest outro’s that is so extra and perfect. From there the production remains strong for ‘Make Up’, ‘Ghostin’ and ‘In My Head’ which are good on their own but gets a little lost within the 12 tracks. Turning up the hype ‘7 Rings’ and ‘Thank U, Next’ deliver the ultimate hits which ties into the album closer and new single ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’ which has caused quite the online storm. It’s a very cohesive collection of tracks which hears her making the album that ‘Sweetner’ should've been. It’s sounds more confident and bold with her lyrical stances, and hears her strengthening her production to a whole new level.
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Title: thank u, next
Release Date: 08 Feb 2019
Artist: Ariana Grande
Catalogue No: B002965302
5. fake smile
6. bad idea
7. make up
9. in my head
10. 7 rings
11. thank u, next
12. break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored