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"Imagine" (reso graficamente in minuscolo) è il brano di apertura e primo singolo promozionale del quinto album in studio di Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next.[3] È stato pubblicato tramite Republic Records il 14 dicembre 2018, insieme a un lyric video caricato sul canale YouTube di Ariana.[4]

The song is thought to be about Grande's ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who died from an accidental drug overdose in September 2018. Many of the lines in the song also mirror Miller's 2016 song "Cinderella", which was confirmed to be about Grande.[5][6]

Commercially, this is Grande's highest-charting promotional single. It reached the top 10 in eight countries, as well as the top 20 in six countries. "Imagine" also debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest peak for any of her promotional singles in the country.

Panoramica[]

Il titolo della canzone è stato mostrato per la prima volta nel video musicale del singolo "Breathin", estratto dal quarto album in studio di Ariana, Sweetener,[7] e successivamente mostrato una seconda volta nel video musicale di "Thank U, Next".

Grande revealed on Twitter that the song is about "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable".[8]

On her Instagram story on December 11, 2018, Grande said "while Thank U, Next is about acceptance, "Imagine" is about denial. On December 12, 2018, Grande tweeted the song lyrics "imagine a world like that" and "baby direct, name in the credits, like the movies do".[9][10]

Il 22 gennaio 2019 è stato confermato che "Imagine" sarebbe stata la canzone di apertura dell'album Thank U, Next.[3]

Copertina[]

Ariana ha rivelato la copertina ufficiale della canzone il 13 dicembre 2018 sulle sue storie Instagram.[11] It was designed by Grande's ex-boyfriend and friend Ricky Alvarez.[12] It appears to be a zoomed in and highly edited photograph from the filming of Grande's "Thank U, Next" music video.

The text on the cover art reads "想像", a condensed version of the word "Imagine" in Japanese ("想像する"). There is also a Japanese version of the Parental Advisory sticker.

Lyric video[]

Un lyric video ufficiale che accompagna l'uscita della canzone è stato caricato sul canale YouTube di Ariana.[13]

Accoglienza commerciale[]

Following its release, the song debuted at number 1 on the worldwide iTunes Song chart.[14] It also debuted at number 2 on the Spotify US chart with over 1.7 million streams and at number 5 at Spotify Global Chart with over 3.7 streams.

On the US Billboard Hot 100, "Imagine" debuted at number 24, becoming highest peak for any of Grande's promotional singles.[15] The following week it dropped to 71, and on the fourth week it spent its last week on the Billboard Hot 100. The song re-entered on the week ending February 2, 2019, at number 99. Following Thank U, Next's release, the song re-entered and peaked on the week ending February 23, 2019, at number 21.

The song debuted at number 8 in the UK official singles charts, this being her tenth song to reach the top 10 in the country,[16] and debuted at number 4 in Ireland.[17] The song reached number 10 in Belgium, Malaysia and Singapore.[18][19][20]

Esibizioni dal vivo[]

  • Grande performed the song live for the first time at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on December 18, 2018, accompanied by The Roots.[21][22]
  • Grande performed "Imagine" in a medley at the 62nd Grammy Awards in 2020, amongst three of her other songs: "My Favorite Things", "7 Rings" and "Thank U, Next".

Curiosità[]

Testo[]

[Verso 1]
Step up the two of us, nobody knows us
Get in the car like, "Skrrt"
Staying up all night, order me pad thai
Then we gon' sleep 'til noon
Me with no makeup, you in the bathtub
Bubbles and bubbly, ooh
This is a pleasure, feel like we never act this regular

[Pre-coro]
Click, click, click and post
Drip-drip-dripped in gold
Quick, quick, quick, let's go
Kiss me and take off your clothes

[Coro]
Imagine a world like that
Imagine a world like that
We could light up 'til I'm 'sleep on your chest
Love how my face fits so good in your neck
Why can't you imagine a world like that?
Imagine a world

[Verse 2]
Knew you were perfect, after the first kiss
Took a deep breath like, "Ooh"
Feels like forever, baby, I never
Thought that it would be you
Tell me your secrets, all of the creep shit
That's how I know it's true
Baby, direct it, name in the credits
Like the movies, ooh

[Pre-coro]
Click, click, click and post
Drip-drip-dripped in gold
Quick, quick, quick, let's go
Kiss me and take off your clothes

[Coro]
Imagine a world like that
Imagine a world like that
We could light up 'til I'm 'sleep on your chest
Love how my face fits so good in your neck
Why can't you imagine a world like that?
Imagine a world

[Outro]
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine it? (Can you imagine?)
Can you imagine it? (Can you imagine?)
Can you imagine it? (Ooh)
Imagine that
Imagine it, imagine it
Imagine it, imagine it
Imagine, imagine
Imagine, imagine
Imagine, imagine

Note[]

Thank U, Next
8 febbraio 2019 • 41:04 • Republic Records
Canzoni
Pubblicate 7 RingsBad IdeaBloodlineBreak Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm BoredFake SmileGhostinImagineIn My HeadMake UpNASANeedyThank U, Next
Non pubblicate Remember
Artisti
Ariana Grande
Tour
Sweetener World Tour
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