Moonlight is Ariana Grande's third album.[1] It is set to be released in 2016. The album was recorded starting in August 2014 and will wrap up in November 2015. The lead single, "Focus", was released on October 30, 2015.

Background & Naming

In a livestream in October 2014, Ariana Grande confirmed that work had begun on her third studio album, which will be the follow up to her 2014 album My Everything. In the livestream, she said that she wants to release it in late summer or early fall, following in suit to her previous albums. She also said that she had played some new material for her grandmother earlier that day.[2] The name "moonlight" provided inspiration for the album, as Ariana has been tweeting it often. On May 23, 2015, Ariana posted this picture on Instagram. On May 26, 2015, Ariana posted a snippet of a possible song.[3] On May 29, 2015, Ariana confirmed the name of the album in a direct message to a fan which also stated that there would be a song off her album called Moonlight.[4]

Confirmed Tracks

Possible Tracks


Recording of Moonlight began in August of 2014, even before the release of her sophomore album, My Everything. She recorded throughout the fall, though the majority of it was recorded while Ariana was on The Honeymoon Tour in early and mid 2015. Ariana said that she liked to record on tour because she drew inspiration from the world around her. She also has had a much more active role in writing songs for this album, as she is more comfortable with doing so, and had also gotten a songwriting contract with Republic Records. Although the lead single, Focus, was released on October 30, 2015, Ariana did not finish the album until November 2015 to finalize the songs. She did a large part of the recording with her close friends Tommy Brown and Victoria Monet.

  • On September 1, 2014 Ariana posted a picture of being back in the studio.[7][8][9]
  • Ariana tweeted that she was in the studio on October 12, 2014,[10] November 22, 2014,[11] December 26, 2014,[12] and April 5, 2015.[13]
  • On April 8, 2015, Ariana made a "really cool song" with her favorite writers and friends, Tommy Brown and Victoria Monet.[14]
    • Ariana tweeted about the song a few days later and said it was very lovely and special.[15][16]
    • Tommy Brown posted about the song on Instagram and said he wished he could tell fans the name of the song.[17]
  • Ariana spoke about the album in June 2015, stating that the title track was inspired by "this boy" she had been dating (most likely Big Sean). She said, "It’s about this very cute night we had together. I have a playlist of 12 songs already. I plan on writing a lot more as soon as I get home. It’s the most personal music I’ve ever written."[18]
    • The cute night could possibly be the date to a swan lake she had with Sean that she has posted about many times on social media and said it was one of her favorite nights.
  • On June 29, 2015 Ariana tweeted that she worked on something special for her fans that night.[19]
  • On July 28, 2015, Ariana tweeted that she was working on something exciting for her fans.[20]
  • "Focus" was confirmed as the lead single in August 2015 under the name "Focus On Me" and was released on October 30, 2015.
  • On October 27, 2015, Ariana shared a snippet of an untitled song on Snapchat.[23]
  • On November 11, 2015, Ariana confirmed that she only had one collaborator for the album so far.[24]
  • Ariana went in the studio on November 17, 2015.[25]
    • She worked on her "favorite song of all time."[26]
    • She then tweeted, "today was the most musically inspired day of my life."[27]
  • On November 25, 2015, Charlie Puth confirmed he was writing with Ariana for her album.[28]


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