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"God Is A Woman" (stylized in sentence case) is the second single and fifth track from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener.[1][2] It was released through Republic Records on July 13, 2018.

The song entered in the top twenty of the record charts in multiple territories. It debuted at number four on the Irish Singles Chart[3] and the UK Singles Chart,[4] becoming her seventh top ten single in the latter. The song also debuted at number six in New Zealand, and number eight in Scotland.[5][6]

Background Edit

According to Savan Kotecha, the composition of the song began with him and Rickard Göransson and the phrase originally "You'll find out God is a woman." The song was played for Camila Cabello, then Rita Ora and it didn't work out, then they were thinking they could get a rapper on the verses. Kotecha couldn't write the full lyrics, he thought that it had to be a woman to write it to pull the whole concept off. Grande recorded the song a day before she played Sweetener to Republic Records on March 2, 2018.[7]

Ilya Ariana and Savan the day they wrote GIAW

Ilya, Grande and Savan Kotecha the day they wrote "God Is A Woman".[8]

The track was first teased in a scene in the "No Tears Left To Cry" music video which displayed what appears to be the entire track list for Grande's upcoming album at that time, although not in order. She confirmed it on The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018.[9]

In an interview with TIME, earlier this year, the song was described as "an anthemic, sultry banger". It was revealed that "Grande’s voice is layered so that it sounds like a choir, but really, it’s only her, multiplied".[10] On June 25, 2018, Grande said that the song is about "sexual female empowerment & how women are literally everything & the universe is inside of us".[11] On June 11, 2018, Grande posted a screenshot of her listening to the song.

It was originally announced that the song would be released on July 20, 2018,[12] however on July 12, 2018, Grande announced that it would be released on July 13, 2018.[2]

Commercial performance Edit

"God Is A Woman" was officially serviced to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio on July 24, 2018. It reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 following the release of Sweetener,[13] after initially debuting at No. 11 on the Hot 100 dated July 28, 2018. It sold 43,000 digital downloads during its opening week, allowing it to enter the Digital Songs chart at number four while entering the Streaming Songs chart at number 11 with 25.1 million US streams, where it moved up to No. 8 in its second week on the chart.[14] In its second week, "God Is a Woman" fell ten positions to No. 21 on the Hot 100.[15] The song also entered Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 at No. 27, moving up to No. 23 the following week. It has since reached No. 14 on the chart.[16] In Canada, the song debuted at No. five on the Canadian Hot 100.[17]

In the United Kingdom, "God Is a Woman" entered the Official Trending Chart at number one following its release, with the song set to debut in the top ten of the chart regardless of any added points.[18] On July 20, 2018, the song opened at number four on the UK Singles Chart, where it became her seventh top-ten single in the country.[19] It also debuted on the UK R&B chart at number two, becoming her highest charting entry there.[20] Similarly, it entered the Irish Singles Chart at number four, and at number eight in Scotland. In Australia, the song has debuted on the ARIA Charts at number five, marking her seventh top-ten entry there as well.[21]

The song also reached #1 on US Pop Radio chart.[22]

Music video Edit

The official music video for the song was filmed in early June 2018. Grande posted several videos behind the scenes on her Instagram stories between June 5 and 6.[23][24]

Grande announced on Twitter that the music video for "God Is a Woman" would premiere at noon on the same day of release. It was directed by Dave Meyers, who also directed the music video for "No Tears Left To Cry" and "The Light Is Coming"

Lyric video Edit

A lyric video for the song was premiered on Grande's YouTube channel, featuring a cloud-filled background that transitions to a cosmic scene, ending with a still shot of the singer.

Live performances Edit

Grande first performed "God Is a Woman" at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on August 20, 2018. Grande's mother, grandmother and aunt made an appearance at the end of the performance.[25] After the awards, Grande performed "God Is a Woman" at The Sweetener Sessions among other songs from Sweetener. A BBC one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC, recorded on September 7, 2018 was aired on November 1, 2018 where Grande performed "God Is a Woman", among others.[26][27][28]

The song is a regular part of the setlist for Grande's Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019.

Trivia Edit

  • This is Grande's grandmother, Marjorie's, favourite song from Sweetener.
    • This is also her ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson's, favourite song from the album.
  • In the video, Madonna portrays the voice of God, reciting Samuel L. Jackson's "Ezekiel 25:17" speech from Pulp Fiction: "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."[29]
  • Grande wrote the song within a day.[30][31]
  • Nonna and Joan Grande were present at the studio when Grande recorded the song.[7]
  • The song was originally intended to be given to a male rapper with a female singer on the chorus, but when Grande was approached for this, she wanted the song for herself.[32]
  • Included in the Japanese special edition of Sweetener is an official instrumental for "God Is A Woman."
  • The song is featured on French video game company Ubisoft's dance game, Just Dance 2020, along with "7 Rings".

Gallery Edit

Videos Edit

Lyrics Edit

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
You, you love it how I move you
You love it how I touch you, my one
When all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
And I, I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can't fight, my one
It lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
I don't wanna waste no time, yeah
You ain't got a one-track mind, yeah
Have it any way you like, yeah
And I can tell that you know I know how I want it
Ain't nobody else can relate
Boy, I like that you ain't afraid
Baby, lay me down and let's pray
I'm telling you the way I like it, how I want it

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
(Yeah) And I can be all the things you tell me not to be
(Yeah) When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing
(Yeah) And he see the universe when I'm in company
It's all in me

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
You, you love it how I move you
You love it how I touch you, my one
When all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
And I, I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can't fight, my one
It lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
(Yeah)
I tell you all the things you should know
So baby, take my hands, save your soul
We can make it last, take it slow, hmm-ah
And I can tell that you know I know how I want it (how I want it, yeah)
You different from the rest
And boy, if you confess, you might get blessed
See if you deserve what comes next
I'm telling you the way I like it, how I want it

[Pre-Chorus: Ariana Grande]
(Yeah) And I can be all the things you tell me not to be
(Yeah) When you try to come for me, I keep on flourishing
(Yeah) And he see the universe when I'm in company
It's all in me (ooooooh)

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
You, you love it how I move you (ooooh)
You love it how I touch you, my one (touch you, my one)
When all is said and done (When all is said and done)
You'll believe God is a woman (You'll believe God is a woman)
And I (And I), I feel it after midnight
A feeling that you can't fight, my one (A feeling that you can't fight, my one)
It lingers when we're done (It lingers when we're done)
You'll believe God is a woman (You'll believe God is a woman)

[Outro: Ariana Grande & Lead Choir]
(Yeah, yeah)
God is a woman
Yeah, yeah
God is a woman, yeah
(Mmmmmmy)
One
When all is said and done
You'll believe God is a woman
(You'll believe God)
God is a woman
(Oh, yeah)
God is a woman, yeah
(Oooooooh)
One
It lingers when we're done
You'll believe God is a woman
You'll believe God is a woman

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Twitter - @ArianaGrande - Grande revealing the release date for "God Is A Woman"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Billboard - Ariana Grande Pushes 'God Is A Woman' Release Date Up: 'Surprise'
  3. George Ezra claims fourth week at Number 1, Ariana Grande is highest new entry on Official Irish Singles Chart
  4. Official Singles Chart Top 100 - July 21, 2018
  5. NZ Top 40 Singles Chart
  6. Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100
  7. 7.0 7.1 Twitter - Savan Kotecha interview
  8. Instagram - Ilya about the day they wrote the song
  9. Ariana Grande Reveals Title of Fourth Album: 'Sweetener'
  10. TIME - Ariana Grande Is Ready to Be Happy
  11. Twitter - Grande about the song
  12. Twitter - Ariana about a new song releasing on July 20, 2018
  13. Drake's 'In My Feelings' Leads Billboard Hot 100 for Seventh Week, Ariana Grande's 'God Is A Woman' Hits Top 10
  14. Billboard - Ariana Grande Chart History (Streaming Songs)
  15. Drake's 'In My Feelings' Tops Billboard Hot 100 for Second Week With Record-Breaking 116.2 Million U.S. Streams
  16. Billboard - Ariana Grande Chart History (Pop Songs)
  17. Billboard - Ariana Grande Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)
  18. Ariana Grande's God Is A Woman is the UK's Number 1 trending song
  19. Drake scores his third Number 1 single of 2018 with In My Feelings
  20. Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 (Dated July 20, 2018)
  21. ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles
  22. Twitter - Pop Crave - "The Top 4 songs on US Pop Radio"
  23. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjq8x7AFQzi/
  24. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjs-WpQFMlw/
  25. Ariana Grande Brought the Most Important Women in Her Life On-Stage for Her "God Is a Woman" Performance
  26. When Was 'Ariana Grande At The BBC' Filmed? The Show Was Taped In Advance
  27. Ariana Grande at the BBC offers fans a snapshot of a happier time – review
  28. Ariana Grande performs Sweetener songs for BBC TV special: Watch
  29. Ariana Grande Drops Epic 'God Is a Woman' Video — with Madonna as the Voice of God!
  30. Twitter - “God is a woman” was written within a day
  31. YouTube - Ariana Grande Talks Sweetener, Pete Davidson & Nicki Minaj
  32. YouTube - Ariana Grande Talks God Is A Woman
Sweetener
August 17, 2018 • 47:25 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Better OffBlazedBorderlineBreathinEverytimeGet Well SoonGod Is A WomanGoodnight N GoNo Tears Left To CryPete DavidsonRaindrops (An Angel Cried)R.E.MSuccessfulSweetenerThe Light Is Coming
Unreleased My WayGot Her OwnSoberYou
Artists
Ariana GrandeMissy ElliottNicki MinajPharrell Williams
Tour
Sweetener World TourThe Sweetener Sessions
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