thank u, next

thank u, next

by Ariana Grande


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Three months after the August 2018 release of Sweetener -- her fourth album, delivered in the wake of the 2017 tragedy at Manchester Arena -- Ariana Grande released "Thank U, Next," a clever pop song celebrating how each ex turned her into a better person. The refrain of "one taught me love, one taught me patience, and one taught me pain" quickly turned "Thank U, Next" into something more than a hit: it was a meme, eating up all the pop-cultural oxygen at the end of 2018, confirming Ariana Grande's position as the pre-eminent pop star of the moment. Like all defining pop stars, Grande's status derived in equal parts from her music and public persona, the latter shaped through the prism of tragedy -- not just the Manchester bombing, but the premature death of her ex Mac Miller -- and that collective consciousness lends weight to Thank U, Next, her swiftly delivered sequel to Sweetener, just as it did its predecessor. The difference with Thank U, Next is this time Grande is swaggering with the confidence that comes with unquestioned stardom. This freedom can be heard in "Thank U, Next," which flips heartbreak into empowerment, and is effectively the keynote for its parent album. Grande does delve into explicit darkness more than she did on Sweetener -- Miller's death haunts the album, specifically surfacing on "Ghosting" -- but she never loses sight that this is a pop album, designed to provide a soundtrack for good times as well as the bad. To this end, Thank U, Next benefits from its quick execution. Conceptually, the album feels slighter than Sweetener, which was designed to be a grand statement, but the loose ends and crass commercial cul-de-sacs scattered throughout Thank U, Next seem human -- perhaps she's appropriating several cultures on "7 Rings," yet its celebration of healing heartbreak through consumerism suits a singer who also urges a crush to break up with a girlfriend just because she's bored. Such sentiments are the product of a singer who not only knows what she wants but knows that she's wanted, and that attitude unites and propels Thank U, Next through its ballads and R&B jams, turning it into an album that embodies every aspect of Ariana Grande, the grand pop star.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2019
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602577378034
catalogNumber: 002965302
Rank: 161

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ariana Grande   Primary Artist
Max Martin   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Happy Perez   Guitar,Keyboards
Wojtek Goral   Alto Saxophone
Mattias Johansson   Violin
Larrance Dopson   Guitar
Mattias Bylund   Strings
Magnus Johansson   Trumpet
Janne Bjerger   Trumpet
David Bukovinszky   Cello
Ilya Salmanzadeh   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
JProof   Keyboards
Victoria Monet   Background Vocals
Peter Lee Johnson   Strings
David Bukovinsky   Cello
Tayla Parx   Background Vocals
Pop Wansel   Keyboards
Alexander West   Guitar
Marjorie "Nonna" Grande   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Michael Foster   Composer,Programming,Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Kandi Burruss   Composer
Mary Frierson   Composer
Happy Perez   Programming,Producer
Justin Tranter   Composer
Mattias Bylund   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Ariana Grande   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Sam Holland   Engineer
Nathan Perez   Composer
Kevin Briggs   Composer
Joe Gallagher   Engineer
Billy Hickey   Engineer
Brittany Coney   Composer
Ilya Salmanzadeh   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Scooter Braun   Executive Producer
Brendan Morawski   Engineer
Jameel Roberts   Composer
Victoria Monet   Composer,Vocal Producer
Tommy Brown   Composer,Programming,Producer
Denisia Andrews   Composer
Charles Anderson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jessica Severn   Art Direction
Tayla Parx   Composer,Vocal Producer
Njomza Vitia   Composer
Pop Wansel   Programming,Producer
Kennedi Lykken   Composer
Kim Krysiuk   Composer
Brian Malik Baptiste   Composer,Producer
Lindel Deon Nelson   Composer
Eazy $ign   Engineer

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