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"Motivation" is an unreleased reference demo originally sung by Ariana Grande that was later pitched and given to Normani. The song was released on August 16, 2019, as her first solo single.

Background[]

The song was initially teased with a snippet posted by Normani on August 2, 2019, on her website. She further stated that Ariana Grande was also involved in co-writing it. The song is produced by Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Savan Kotecha.

On April 12, 2023, the first snippet of Grande's demo for the song leaked. This song was set in another group buy alongside Eternally. The group buy was finished on September 15, 2023. The full demo soon leaked on September 22, 2023. (Unreleased Icon listen)

Trivia[]

  • In her interview with Zach Sang, Normani said that Ariana had written and recorded parts of the song before Sweetener World Tour started, meaning Motivation was started before March 2019.
  • Ariana's demo for Motivation has a BPM of 84, while the final version by Normani has a BPM of 85.
  • The hooks of the song are completed and the verses are mumbled in Ariana’s demo as it is only a writer’s reference demo for Normani.
  • It is currently unknown if the song was either meant to appear on Sweetener, or Thank U, Next, as it was recorded in 2018, before being pitched to Normani, making it a scrap from either of those albums.
    • Furthermore, all of the producers on the song had made contributions to both of the respective albums.
  • On April 30, 2024, Normani revealed to The Cut that she initially hated "Motivation". She said "I didn’t feel like it represented me, and I'd already known how that felt. But [RCA] was like, 'Sorry, it's coming out'".[1] She later became more comfortable with it after RCA gave her more creative control with the video.
    • She had also mentioned this in her interview with Zach Sang.

Lyrics[]

[Intro]
I'ma break you off, let me be your motivation
To stay and give it tonight
And‚ baby‚ turn around‚ let me give you innovation, hey
'Cause I do it so right

[Verse 1]
You got that good good, baby‚ don't you?
Got that good good, baby, don't you?
But you leavin' solo
Ain't regular‚ that ain't regular
I ain't gon' keep, keep fightin' for it
Ain't gon' keep, keep fightin' for it
'Cause you know this thing here
Ain't regular, that ain't regular

[Pre-Chorus]
Fallin' into the bed
Why would we ever do somethin' instead of
Fallin' into the bed right now? Yeah

[Chorus]
I'ma break you off, let me be your motivation
To stay and give it tonight
And, baby, turn around, let me give you innovation
Hey, 'cause I do it so right
Think about it, ooh, I think about it
Think about it, ooh, take a look at me now
Hey, a little motivation, alright

[Verse 2]
You got a bad one, baby, don't you?
Got a bad one, baby, don't you?
And we both know there's no
One better, boy, no one better, boy
Too late, won't make it, I'ma tell 'em (Yeah)
Get you naked, but I won't tell 'em (Woo)
'Cause you know that there's no
One better, boy, no one better, boy

[Pre-Chorus]
Fallin' into the bed
Why would we ever do somethin' instead of
Fallin' into the bed right now?
Eh, right now, now

[Chorus]
I'ma break you off, let me be your motivation
To stay and give it tonight (And give it tonight)
And, baby, turn around, let me give you innovation
Hey, 'cause I do it so right
Think about it, ooh, I think about it
Think about it, ooh, take a look at me now
Hey, a little motivation, alright

[Bridge]
Hey, oh
A little motivation
Oh

[Chorus]
I'ma break you off, let me be your motivation
To stay and give it tonight
And, baby, turn around, let me give you innovation
Hey, 'cause I do it so right
Think about it, ooh, I think about it
Think about it, ooh, take a look at me now
Hey, a little motivation, alright

[Outro]
Oh, oh

[Verse]
(Mumbles)
Da-da da-da da-da
(Mumbles)

[Pre-Chorus]
Fallin' into the bed
Why would we ever do somethin' instead of
Fallin' into the bed right now? Yeah

[Chorus]
I'ma break you off, let me be your motivation
To come and give it tonight
I could cheer you on, baby, give you innovation
Yeah, 'cause I do it so right
Think about it, ooh, I think about it
Think about it, ooh, take a look at me now
Yeah, a little motivation, alright

[Verse]
(Mumbles)
Da-da da-da da-da
(Mumbles)

[Pre-Chorus]
Fallin' into the bed
Why would we ever do somethin' instead of
Fallin' into the bed right now?
Right now, now

[Chorus]
I'ma break you off, let me be your motivation
To come and give it tonight (Tonight)
I could cheer you on, baby, give you innovation
Yeah, 'cause I do it so right (Right)
Think about it, ooh, I think about it
Think about it, ooh, take a look at me now (Now)
Yeah, a little motivation, alright

[Outro]
Motivation, baby

References[]

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