Dangerous Woman

Dangerous Woman

by Ariana GrandeAriana Grande


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Ariana Grande took her first tentative steps into adulthood with My Everything, the 2014 album that tempered her retro-diva stance with modern R&B. Released two years later, Dangerous Woman consolidates this soulful shift while offering a snazzier, sophisticated spin on the '90s pop that provides the foundation of Grande's music. Much of the latter comes from a fruitful partnership with producer Max Martin and his colleague Ilya, a team responsible for over half of the standard album's tracks (they also have their hands in several of the deluxe edition's bonus cuts). Tommy Brown and Mr. Franks are the other chief collaborators here, shepherding many of the cuts with a heavier R&B influence -- the stuttering "Let Me Love You," featuring a verse from Lil Wayne, the slow-burning torch of "Leave Me Lonely" -- but their productions aren't far removed from the Martin/Ilya cuts. "Everyday," a heavy thrumming jam featuring Future, is helmed by Ilya alone and the Rihanna-copping "Side to Side" bears a Martin credit. What all the producers do is keep the focus on the individual track, carving it into a seamless sculpture of rhythm and melody where Grande winds up as the accent to the song. Restraint serves her well: there are times she lets go with a full-throated roar, but she spends most of Dangerous Woman at a simmer that reinforces the sultry seduction of the title. A fair chunk of the album is devoted to cinematic ballads, which makes the bright blasts of disco -- "Be Alright," "Greedy" -- so alluring, but the entire record benefits from this single-minded concentration. Track by track, Dangerous Woman has sly, subtle distinctions -- a little bit of torch gives way to some heavy hip-hop only to have frothy pop surface again -- and while some of these cuts work better than others, the range is impressive, as is Grande's measured, assured performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602547868527
catalogNumber: 002490902
Rank: 4102


  1. Moonlight
  2. Dangerous Woman
  3. Be Alright
  4. Into You
  5. Side to Side
  6. Let Me Love You
  7. Greedy
  8. Leave Me Lonely
  9. Everyday
  10. Sometimes
  11. I Don't Care
  12. Bad Decisions
  13. Touch It
  14. Knew Better/Forever Boy
  15. Thinking Bout You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ariana Grande   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Foster   Percussion
Max Martin   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Joi Gilliam   Background Vocals
Peter Svensson   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Macy Gray   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lil Wayne   Vocals
Mattias Johansson   Violin
Future   Vocals
Travis Sayles   Bass,Keyboards
Tommy Parker   Background Vocals
Ryan Tedder   Bass,Keyboards
Stefan Persson   Trumpet
Alexander Kronlund   Background Vocals
Staffan Findin   Trombone
Johan Carlsson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Soloist
Karl Olandersson   Trumpet
Dernst Emile   Bass
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Billboard   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Patrick Donovan   Background Vocals
Savan Kotecha   Background Vocals
Nicki Minaj   Vocals
Ali Payami   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Noah Passovoy   Background Vocals
Sam Holland   Background Vocals
Ross Golan   Background Vocals
Taura Stinson   Background Vocals
Jonas Thander   Saxophone,Horn Engineer
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Ilya Salmanzadeh   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Khaled Rohaim   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Nicholas Audino   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Victoria Monét   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Lee Johnson   Strings
Tommy Brown   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Chloe Angelides   Background Vocals
Steven Franks   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Chonita Gillespie   Background Vocals
Franks   Percussion,Drums
Daye Jack   Background Vocals
Jeremy Lertola   Guitar,Background Vocals
Silke Lorenzen   Background Vocals
Jenny Schwartz   Background Vocals
Loren Mann   Drums
Josh Connelly   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mike Foster   Composer
Michael Foster   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Peter Svensson   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Hanes   Engineer
Travis Sayles   Composer,Programming,Producer
Tommy Parker   Programming
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming
Alexander Kronlund   Composer
Johan Carlsson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Mattias Bylund   String Arrangements
Billboard   Programming,Producer
Savan Kotecha   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Engineer
Ali Payami   Composer,Programming,Producer
Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine   Engineer
Ariana Grande   Composer,Executive Producer
Peter Karlsson   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Editing
Sam Holland   Engineer
Jacob Kasher   Composer
Ross Golan   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Thomas Lumpkins   Composer,Producer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Cory Bice   Engineer
Mathieu Jomphe   Composer
Jonas Thander   Horn Arrangements
Ilya Salmanzadeh   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Khaled Rohaim   Composer,Programming
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Lewis Hughes   Composer
Nicholas Audino   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Victoria Monét   Composer,Vocal Producer
Peter Lee Johnson   Composer
Tommy Brown   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Twice As Nice   Producer
Chloe Angelides   Composer
Steven Franks   Composer,Programming,Producer
Franks   Programming
Young Astronauts   Art Direction
Willie Tafa   Composer
Christopher Truio   Engineer

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