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Dangerous Woman is Ariana Grande's third studio album. It was originally named Moonlight. It will be released on May 20, 2016. The album was recorded starting in August 2014 and finished on January 21, 2016. The lead single, "Dangerous Woman", was released on March 11, 2016. A promotional single, "Be Alright", was released on March 18, 2016. A second promotional single, "Let Me Love You" was released on April 18, 2016. The second official single[1], "Into You" was released on May 6, 2016. The songs "Everyday", "Greedy", "Side To Side", "Sometimes", "Leave Me Lonely", "Touch It" and "Bad Decisions" were made available on Apple Music each day from May 12 to 18, 2016.

History

Early recording as Moonlight

In a livestream in October 2014, Ariana confirmed that work had begun on her third studio album, which will be the follow up to her second studio album My Everything. In the livestream, she said that she wanted to release it in late summer or early fall in 2015, following in suit to her previous albums. She also said that she had played some new material for her grandmother earlier that day.[2] Ariana continued to record through the rest of the year and into early 2015.[3][4][5] [6][7][8][9] In February 2015, Ariana began the Honeymoon Tour. She would find time in between tour dates to record the album. In April, Ariana heavily worked with her friends and songwriters Tommy Brown and Victoria Monet. On the 8th Ariana tweeted that she had made a "really cool song".[10] Ariana tweeted about the song a few days later and said it was very lovely and special.[11][12] Tommy posted about the song on Instagram and said he wished he could tell fans the name of the song.[13] Ariana soon began hinting at the title by posting photos of crescent moons online.[14] On May 29, 2015, Ariana stated that there would be a song off her album called "Moonlight".[15][16][17] Ariana spoke about the album in June 2015, stating that the title track was inspired by "this boy" she had been dating. 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]

"Focus" was confirmed as the lead single in August 2015 under the name "Focus On Me" at the iHeartRadio Music Summit. It was released on October 30, 2015 along with its music video. The song debuted at No. 7 in the United States but slid down the chart in the following weeks. "Focus" received mixed to negative reviews from critics and generally underperformed. After the song died down, Ariana returned to recording the album. Ariana was in the studio again on November 17, 2015.[19] On January 6, 2016, Ariana posted on Snapchat that she was recording in her studio.[20] She also posted a picture of the recording booth that showed the corner of her song board.[21] It confirmed three songs, "Be Alright", "Moonlight" and "Let Me Love You". On January 22, 2016, Ariana confirmed on Snapchat that she was done working on her new album.

Renaming and website launch

On January 11, 2016, Ariana removed "moonlight" from her Twitter bio which made fans suspicious. Ariana responded by saying "you'll see [why]" and then revealed she was debating to rename the album over a new song she had recorded.[22] On January 14, Ariana appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and confirmed that she was still deciding to change it. On January 21, 2016, Ariana posted a picture on Instagram that said "dw" hinted to fans at the possible new title.[23] On January 31, 2016, Ariana posted a photo on Instagram of her shirt covered up saying, "I can't tell you what this shirt says yet."[24] On February 3, 2016 Ariana performed new music at the iHeartRadio Summit (although it's closed to the public and only a few pictures were released).[25][26] Ariana was seen playing the guitar and using a vocoder, which are both new for her.[27][28] The shirt Ariana wore (which was the shirt previously mentioned) could only be partially seen although fans concluded it said "Dangerous Woman" which they presumed could be the new title. On February 22, 2016, Ariana confirmed the name of the album to be "Dangerous Woman" through Snapchat and Twitter.[29] On February 24, 2016, Ariana launched a new website (dangerouswoman.com) to dedicate to album updates. The next day she revealed via the website that she would be performing "Dangerous Woman" and "Be Alright" on Saturday Night Live on March 12, 2016. On February 29, 2016, Ariana held a live stream in which she confirmed that there would be 15 tracks on the US edition of the album, with more on special editions. In addition, she revealed that there would be 3 features (later it was changed to 4).

On March 1, 2016, the title track, "Dangerous Woman", was confirmed to be the next single.[30] Ariana later launched a countdown (ending on March 11) for the album pre-order as well as the release of the single "Dangerous Woman". On March 10, Ariana revealed the album artwork. On March 11, 2016, "Dangerous Woman" was released and the album became available for pre-order, which revealed part of the track list for the Standard, Deluxe/North American and Japanese editions. However only the Japanese edition included "Focus", confirming that it has been cut from all other editions, with the album's title track replacing it as the lead single.

Confirmed during an interview with Ryan Seacrest, "Be Alright" would be available on March 18, 2016, on which it was released as the first promotional single from the album. In another radio interview she announced a new song titled "Leave Me Lonely". This track will feature Macy Gray. With the announcement of this song, she said the total number of collaborations on the album are four. On March 18, 2016, Ariana revealed on 102.7 KIIS-FM that Nicki Minaj and Future will serve as features on her new album. All four collaborators' names have now been released. The same day, Ariana hosted a livestream on Twitter for which she shared the first minute of the song, "Let Me Love You". On April 16, 2016, Ariana shared the entire track listing for the Standard and Deluxe/North American editions via Twitter and Instagram.[31] On April 18, 2016, Ariana released "Let Me Love You" as the second promotional single. On May 6, 2016, Ariana released "Into You" as the second official single.

Other snippets

  • On May 26, 2015, Ariana posted a violin snippet of a possible song. Some fans speculate it is "Ridiculous" intended for her sophomore album. Her caption suggests the title of the song.[32]
  • On October 27, 2015, Ariana shared a snippet of an untitled song on Snapchat.[33]

Other important dates

  • On June 29, 2015 Ariana tweeted that she worked on something special for her fans that night.[34]
  • On July 28, 2015, Ariana tweeted that she was working on something exciting for her fans.[35]
    • She also had a "very important meeting" with Republic Records.[36]
    • She worked on her "favorite song of all time."[37]
    • She then tweeted, "today was the most musically inspired day of my life."[38]
  • On November 25, 2015, Charlie Puth revealed that he was writing songs for Ariana.[39]
  • On February 4, 2016, Ariana did a photo-shoot but couldn't tell fans why.[40][41] It could possibly have been for Dangerous Woman.

Trivia

  • Ariana said that she loves this album more than Yours Truly and My Everything.
  • Ariana posted on her Snapchat the name of the album on January 22, 2016.
  • Ariana co-wrote 6 out of the 11 songs on the standard edition of Dangerous Woman. She also co-wrote 2 out of the 4 songs on the deluxe and North American edition, and 1 out of the 3 on the Japanese edition.
  • The first song recorded was "Let Me Love You" and the last was "I Don't Care".

Gallery

Videos

Track listing

Standard Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Moonlight"Ariana Grande, Victoria McCants, Tommy Brown, Peter Lee JohnsonTommy Brown3:22
2."Dangerous Woman"Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan, Max MartinMartin, Carlsson3:56
3."Be Alright"Grande, Brown, McCants, Khaled Rohaim, Nicholas Audino, Lewis Hughes, Willie TafaBrown, Twice as Nice2:57
4."Into You"Grande, Martin, Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, Ilya SalmanzadehIlya, Martin4:04
5."Side To Side" (featuring Nicki Minaj)Grande, Salmanzadeh, Martin, Onika Maraj, Kronlund, KotechaIlya, Martin3:46
6."Let Me Love You" (featuring Lil Wayne)Grande, Brown, McCants, Steven Franks, Dwayne CarterBrown, Mr. Franks3:43
7."Greedy"Martin, Kotecha, Kronlund & SalmanzadehIlya, Martin3:34
8."Leave Me Lonely" (featuring Macy Gray)Brown, Franks, Thomas Parker Lumpkins, McCantsBrown, Mr. Franks3:49
9."Everyday" (featuring Future)Grande, Kotecha, Salmanzadeh, Nayvadius WilburnIlya3:14
10."Sometimes"Martin, Kotecha, Salmanzadeh & Peter SvenssonIlya, Martin3:46
11."I Don't Care"Brown, Travis Sayles, Franks, Ryan Tedder, Michael Foster, McCantsBrown, Mr. Franks2:58
Deluxe and North American Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
12."Bad Decisions"Grande, Martin, Kotecha, SalmanzadehIlya, Martin3:46
13."Touch It"Martin, Kotecha, Svensson, Ali PayamiMartin, Payami4:20
14."Knew Better / Forever Boy"Grande, Franks, McCants, Foster, Tedder & BrownTedder, Brown4:59
15."Thinkin Bout You"Svensson, Chloe Angelides, Jacob Kasher Hindlin & Mathieu Jomphe Lépine 3:20
Japanese Edition[42]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
16."Focus"Grande, Kotecha, Svensson, SalmanzadehSalmanzadeh, Martin3:31
Target Exclusive Edition[43]
No.TitleLength
16."Step On Up"3:01
17."Jason's Song (Gave It Away)"4:25
Japanese Special Price Edition[44]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."Focus"Grande, Kotecha, Svensson, SalmanzadehSalmanzadeh, Martin3:31

Cut Tracks

References

  1. HitsDD confirms 'Into You' is the second single
  2. YouTube - October 28, 2014 Livechat
  3. Ariana being in the studio 09/01/14
  4. Ariana tweeting lyrics 9/7/14
  5. lyrics 9/1/14
  6. Twitter - October 12, 2014
  7. Twitter - November 22, 2014
  8. Twitter - December 26, 2014
  9. Twitter - April 5, 2015
  10. Twitter - New song #1
  11. Twitter - New song #2
  12. Twitter - New song #3
  13. Tommy Brown's Instagram post #1
  14. Instagram - Moon pic May 23, 2015
  15. DM Screenshot confirming name
  16. PopCrush Talks About "Moonlight"
  17. Tweet favorited by Tommy Brown
  18. Capital FM - Ariana Grande Reveals All About Her Split From Big Sean
  19. Twitter - Studio night
  20. Twitter - Jan 6, 2016
  21. Twitter - Song board
  22. MTV - Is Ariana Grande Changing the Name of her Album?
  23. Instagram - DW
  24. Instagram - Shirt 1/31/16
  25. Twitter - iHeartRadio Summit #1
  26. Twitter - iHeartRadio Summit #2
  27. Twitter - iHeartRadio Summit #3
  28. Twitter - iHeartRadio Summit #4
  29. Twitter - Dangerous Woman confirmed
  30. Twitter- Dangerous Woman second single
  31. Entertainment Weekly - Ariana Grande releases Dangerous Woman album track list
  32. Instagram - Violin song
  33. Twitter - New song snippet
  34. Twitter - Ariana works on something special
  35. Twitter - Ariana's tweet July 28
  36. Twitter - Republic Records meeting
  37. Twitter - Favorite song
  38. Twitter - Ariana's tweet 11/17
  39. Billboard - Charlie Puth Reveals He's Writing for Ariana Grande
  40. Twitter - Photoshoot time
  41. Twist Magazine - Ariana Grande Rocks a New Hairstyle for a Secret Project
  42. iTunes - Japanese Edition
  43. Target Shop - Target Exclusive Edition
  44. Universal Music - Japan Special Price Edition
Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016 • 39:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bad DecisionsBe AlrightDangerous WomanEverydayFocusGreedyI Don't CareInto YouJason's Song (Gave It Away)Knew Better / Forever BoyLeave Me LonelyLet Me Love YouMoonlightSide To SideSometimesStep On UpThinking Bout YouTouch It
Unreleased Ain't About What You GotBaby LovesGot Her OwnIt Ain't RightI've Heard It Both WaysKnew Better Part TwoLeave Me Lonely (Reprise)
Artists
Ariana GrandeFutureLil WayneMacy GrayNicki Minaj
Tour
Dangerous Woman Tour
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