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"Could Be Us" (stylized in all lowercase) is an unreleased song by Ariana Grande that was intended for her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next.

Background[]

The song was recorded back in 2018, but the title surfaced in 2020, when an image showing several unreleased song titles such as "Confused", "In The Moment", and other tracks leaked. It was on a poll being sold with a batch of other unreleased songs. However, a few of them turned out to be fake, in an attempt to seem exclusive. But some of the songs that were on the list were in fact real, like this one.

The first snippet of the final mix leaked on February 17, 2023. The demo version that features Victoria Monét leaked on June 11, 2023. A snippet of the Pro-Tools sessions leaked on August 19, 2023, alongside several other songs that same day.

The full final version leaked on August 31, 2023, along with the full Pro-Tools sessions. The final version was made using all of the proper plugins and the Pro Tools files in the sessions, since the final version didn't have an official bounce to it.

The writers reference is sung by Victoria Monét, it leaked in a way as well, but as a fanmade edit by another user on Discord using the sessions. It is mostly mumbles with barely any coherent words.

Audios[]

Trivia[]

  • The song was recorded and made during the same day as the "Thank U, Next" song demos.
  • Victoria Monét does have a writers demo for the song, but there’s no official bounces.
  • The demo that leaked has rough unfeatured vocals and many unwritten lines.
  • There's no bounces in the sessions, only Pro Tools projects and audios files.
  • Idea17 that’s found in the Pro Tools in the session is a earlier version of the song.
  • This song is very incomplete and full of mumble and many open verses throughout.
  • Most of the "bounces" were bounced by the users themselves, and not Grande's producers.

Gallery[]

Lyrics[]

[Chorus]
Ooh, why you playing when this could be us?
This could be us
Said, ooh, why you playing when this could be us?
This could be us, baby

[Verse]
No need, no need
For all the shade, all the hate, nah
If you ain't got a way, you can make one, yeah

[Chorus]
Ooh, why you playing when this could be us?
This could be us
Said, ooh, why you playing when this could be us?
This could be us, baby

[Open Verse]

[Chorus]
Ooh, why you playing when this could be us?
This could be us
Said, ooh, why you playing when this could be us?
This could be us, baby

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
Ariana GrandeVictoria Monét2 Chainz
Tour
Sweetener World Tour
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