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"Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (stylized in all lowercase; sometimes abbreviated as "BUWYGIB") is the third and final single, and the twelfth track, from Ariana Grande's fifth studio album, Thank U, Next. It was released on February 8, 2019, along with its official music video directed by Hannah Lux Davis. A live version of the song is featured on K Bye For Now (SWT Live), which was released December 23, 2019.

Background[]

The song was registered on APRA (Australian Performing Right Association) in January 2019.[1][2] It was confirmed part of Thank U, Next track listing on January 22, 2019.[3]

A snippet of the song was uploaded and previwed through Grande's Instagram on January 23, 2019.[4][5] When was asked why she decided to add it on the album, Grande said she thought it was funny, and that she liked the idea of ending on a more honest and vulnerable project with a "punchline".[6]

Grande announced the song would serve as the third single from the album on February 5, 2019.[7]

Audios[]

Commercial performance[]

On the week ending February 23, 2019, the song debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. With "7 Rings" and "Thank U, Next" occupying number 1 and number 3, respectively, Grande became the second artist to occupy the top 3 on the chart since The Beatles in 1964. However, Grande is the first solo artist to have 3 songs in the top 3.[8]

The song debuted at number one in the United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart with 85,000 combined sales in its first week.[9] She dethroned her own single "7 Rings" from being number one with this song, and became the second female artist to occupy the number one and number two spots on the chart since Madonna in August 1985.[9] Grande also made history by becoming the first female artist to replace herself at number one on the UK Singles Chart.[9]

The song also debuted at number one in Ireland, becoming her fifth overall single to top the chart.[10]

Billboard Hot 100 History[]

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Music video[]

Break Up With Your Girlfriend - Behind the scenes (7)

Ariana working on the music video

The official music video of the song was filmed in December 2018.[12] It premiered along with the album on February 8, 2019.[13] Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who directed Grande's previous videos including "7 Rings" and "Thank U, Next", the music video was filmed in Hollywood Hills, California and stars Grande with American actors Charles Melton and Ariel Yasmine.

The behind-the-scenes video was uploaded on Grande's YouTube channel on February 12, 2019.[14]

Live performances[]

Grande debuted the song live at the Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019. The song was a regular part of the setlist.

Trivia[]

  • It was the last song recorded for Thank U, Next.[15]
  • The song interpolates NSYNC's "It Makes Me Ill".[16]
  • With 40 characters, this song is tied with "We Can't Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)" for the longest title of any of Grande's songs.
  • In September 2019, American singer Lana Del Rey covered the song during an appearance to the BBC Live Lounge.[17][18][19][20]
  • The song is rumored to be about Big Sean.
  • In a voicenotes series posted on Ariana’s Instagram story in August 2019, she posted a recording screenshot of her voice memos with the date Nov 29, 2018 and revealed that she started and finished the song in that same day with her producers Savan Kotecha and Ilya Salmanzadeh.
  • Grande rephrases the second verse of the boy band’s NSYNC's "It Makes Me Ill" saying “You could say I’m hatin’ if you want to/But I only hate on her 'cause I want you,” she sings in the song’s bridge.

Merchandise[]

Physical Releases[]

Gallery[]

Videos[]

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
You got me some type of way (Hmm)
Ain't used to feelin' this way (Mmm-mmm)
I do not know what to say (Yeah, yeah)
But I know I shouldn't think about it
Took one fuckin' look at your face (Hmm)
Now I wanna know how you taste (Mmm-mmm)
Usually, don't give it away (Yeah, yeah)
But you know I'm out here thinkin' 'bout it

[Pre-Chorus]
Then I realized she's right there
And I'm at home like, "Damn, this ain't fair"

[Chorus]
Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored
You can hit in the mornin' (Mornin')
Yeah, yeah, like it's yours
I know it ain't right
But I don't care (Care)
Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored

[Verse 2]
This shit always happens to me (Yeah)
Why can't we just play for keeps? (Mmm-mmm)
Practically on my knees (Yeah, yeah)
But I know I shouldn't think about it
You know what you're doin' to me
You're singin' my songs in the streets, yeah, yeah
Actin' all innocent, please
When I know you're out here thinkin' 'bout it

[Pre-Chorus]
Then you realized she's right there (Yeah)
And you're at home like, "Damn, she can't compare"

[Chorus]
Break up with your girlfriend
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored
You can hit in the mornin' (In the mornin')
Yeah, yeah, like it's yours
I know it ain't right
But I don't care (I don't care, yee)
Break up with your girlfriend (With your girlfriend)
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored

[Post-Chorus]
With your girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend
With your girlfriend
With your girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend

[Bridge]
You can say I'm hatin' if you want to
But I only hate on her 'cause I want you
Say I'm trippin' if you feel that
But you without me ain't right (Ain't right)
You can call me crazy 'cause I want you
And I never even ever fuckin' met you
Say I'm trippin' and it ain't right
But you without me ain't nice (Ain't nice, yeah)

[Chorus]
Break up with your girlfriend (With your girlfriend)
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored
You can hit in the mornin' (Hit in the mornin', yeah, yeah, yeah)
Yeah, yeah, like it's yours
I know it ain't right
But I don't care (Care, yeah)
Break up with your girlfriend (With your girlfriend)
Yeah, yeah, 'cause I'm bored

[Post-Chorus]
With your girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend, baby, girlfriend
With your girlfriend
With your girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend, girlfriend
With your girlfriend

Notes[]

  1. Ariana's webstore showed a black vinyl for "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" on the site. However, her team sent out emails notifiying that the vinyl would all be clear, and all units shipped were clear.

References[]

  1. APRA AMCOS Australia
  2. Twitter - Current Pop - Ariana Grande has registered three new songs
  3. Instagram - Post by Sweetener
  4. Twitter - Ariana confirmed the snippet is from “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” which is the closing track on “thank u, next”
  5. Instagram - Snippet of the song
  6. Twitter - Ariana about putting the song on the album
  7. Twitter - Grande announcing the album's third single
  8. Ariana Grande Claims Nos. 1, 2 & 3 on Billboard Hot 100, Is First Act to Achieve the Feat Since The Beatles in 1964
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Ariana Grande scores a record-breaking week with Thank U, Next on the Official Chart
  10. Ariana Grande claims the Official Irish Chart Double as Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored and Thank U, Next debut at Number 1
  11. Music Charts Archive - "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
  12. Instagram - Post by Ariana Grande
  13. Twitter - Ariana sharing the programmed video
  14. Ariana Grande drops “break up with your boyfriend, i’m bored” behind-the-scenes video
  15. Twitter - @ArianaGrande: "buwygf,ib"
  16. Watch Ariana Grande Party in ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend I’m Bored’ Video
  17. YouTube - Lana Del Rey - Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored in the Live Lounge
  18. Lana Del Rey Covers Ariana Grande's "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored": Listen
  19. Lana Del Rey covers Ariana Grande's Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored
  20. Watch Lana Del Rey cover Ariana Grande’s ‘Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored’

Navigation[]

Thank U, Next
February 8, 2019 • 41:04 • Republic Records
Songs
Released 7 RingsBad IdeaBloodlineBreak Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm BoredFake SmileGhostinImagineIn My HeadMake UpMonopolyNASANeedyThank U, Next
Unreleased BrittleClose FriendsConfusedCould Be UsDon't Waste My TimeDr NickHell YeaIndicaIn The MomentItallianoJuiceLa La LieLike ThatMy HairNot OkRememberSomething DifferentStill On Ur MindTommy PWhat Would You
Artists
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Tour
Sweetener World Tour
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