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"Needy" (stylized in all lowercase) is the second track from Ariana Grande's fifth studio album, Thank U, Next.[1] It was released on February 8, 2019 through Republic Records. A live version of the song is featured on K Bye For Now (SWT Live), which was released on December 23, 2019.

Background[]

On October 4, 2018, Grande posted a 45-second snippet of the song on her Instagram account, with the caption "tell me how good it feels to be needed", with some early production differences.[2]

A month later on November 5, 2018, Grande had posted a second snippet of the song, alongside a video of Piggy Smallz on her Instagram Story.[3]

The song was also teased on the music video released on November 7, 2018, for Grande's single "Breathin" from her fourth studio album, Sweetener.[4]

On November 15, 2018, Grande shared a video of her singing a part of "Needy" with a piano.[5]

The full sessions leaked on January 22, 2024. The snippet version that was teased and previewed on Ariana's Instagram post on October 4th, 2018, and was the first teaser for the start of Thank U, Next era leaked in full. The demo was made using the stems from the session. Some small changes in the demo is the choir is different in the "I can be needy" part and a few of the background vocals, which was most likely an early mix of the song.

Audios[]

Live performances[]

Grande debuted the song live on March 15, 2019 in a pre-recorded performance for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards.[6] It was a regular part of the setlist of Grande's Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019.

Chart performance[]

On the week ending February 23, 2019, the song debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[7]

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • The song was recorded and worked on during several different studio sessions, along side "Thank U, Next", "Confused", "Imagine"/"Not Ok", "Indica", and "In The Moment".
  • The lyrics of the song are about Grande's insecurities in relationships.[8]
  • The song was teased in the music video of the single "Thank U, Next". Its title was inscribed on a shirt Ariana wore "A Little Bit Needy".

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
If you take too long to hit me back
I can't promise you how I'll react
But all I can say
Is at least I'll wait for you
Lately I've been on a roller coaster
Tryna get a hold of my emotions
But all that I know, is I need you close

[Pre-Chorus]
And I'ma scream and shout for what I love
Passionate but I don't give no fucks
I admit that I'm a lil' messed up
But I can hide it when I'm all dressed up
I'm obsessive and I love too hard
Good at overthinking with my heart
How'd you even think it got this far?
This far

[Chorus]
And I can be needy, way too damn needy
I can be needy, tell me how good it feels to be needed
I can be needy, so hard to please me
I know it feels so good to be needed

[Verse 2]
Sorry if I'm up and down a lot (yeah)
Sorry that I think I'm not enough
And sorry if I say sorry way too much
You can go ahead and call me selfish (selfish)
But after all this damage I can't help it (help it)
But what you can trust, is I need your touch

[Pre-Chorus]
I'ma scream and shout for what I love
Passionate but I don't give no fucks
I admit that I'm a lil' messed up
But I can hide it when I'm all dressed up
I'm obsessive and I love too hard
Good at overthinking with my heart
How you even think it got this far?
This far

[Chorus]
And I can be needy, way too damn needy
I can be needy, tell me how good it feels to be needed
I can be needy, so hard to please me
I know it feels so good to be needed

[Outro]
Mmmm
Oh
Oh, yeah

References[]

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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