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"No Tears Left To Cry" is the lead single from Ariana Grande's upcoming fourth studio album.[2][3] It was released on April 20, 2018, through Republic Records.

The song has reached #1 on iTunes in over 80 countries so far, including in the United States, surpassing Grande's previous record of 79 countries with "Problem".[4]

Background

On April 9, 2018, it was reported that Grande was set to release the lead single from her fourth studio album on April 27, 2018.[5] On April 16, 2018, it was reported that she may move up the lead single release to April 20, 2018, due to labelmate Post Malone's album being released on April 27.[6] On April 17, 2018, Grande announced that the lead single was titled "No Tears Left To Cry" and would be released on April 20, 2018.[2] On April 18, Grande slowly shared the cover on Instagram, posting different sections each time, and also posted a 30-second snippet of the song. Grande hosted a listening party in London earlier in the week.[7]

It impacted hot adult contemporary radio on April 23, and will impact contemporary hit and contemporary rhythmic radio on April 24.[8]

Critical reception

Laura Snapes of The Guardian called the song an "instant earworm", and praised Ariana for tackling "the single alone rather than with a guest, as she often does". Snapes also complimented on the inclusion of "some satisfyingly specific lyrical barbs" aimed at the haters.[9] Andrew Unterberger from Billboard stated 'No Tears Left to Cry' as "a grower, not to be fully appreciated on first listen".[10] Chris Willman of Variety described the song as "the breeziest, most danceable kind of post-traumatic recovery anthem with dark undertones".[11] Writing for MTV News, Charlie Holmes regarded the song as "the anthem we needed", and believed that it "[spoke] to her experience, healing her hurt, while simultaneously doing the same for the world".[12] Daniel Welsh of HuffPost called the song "[e]xciting, emotional and unlike anything she's done before", with the message of it being "about picking yourself up, leaving the darkness behind and dancing into the light".[13] Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone wrote that "Grande celebrates rising above the world's negativity" with "positive vibes on [the] upbeat new song".[14]

Cover art

The official cover was revealed on April 18 after Ariana uploaded parts of the cover on Instagram.[15][16]

Live performances

Grande performed the song for the first time on April 20, 2018, at Coachella, during Kygo's set.[17]

Music Video

On April 19, 2018, Grande posted a preview of the music video and revealed that it would be released alongside the single on April 20.[18].

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers, who directed the music video for Beauty and the Beast. He has also directed videos for Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, Kendrick Lamar and many more. He posted a picture with the caption "ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou" to Instagram on April 17, 2018.[19]

On April 23, 2018, part 1 of the behind the scenes was realesed

Trivia

  • At the end of the video, a bee is seen flying away, a reference to the Manchester Arena bombing.
  • In the video, during the scene where Ariana takes her face off, a piece of paper titled ‘Track List’ can be seen.
  • The music video of the song reached over 14 million views in its first 24 hours, breaking Grande's previous record of 7 million with "Focus".

Videos

Gallery

Photoshoot

Promotional

Lyrics

[Intro]
Right now I'm in a state of mind
I wanna be in, like, all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, I'm pickin' it up
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up
I'm pickin' it up, I'm pickin' it up
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

[Refrain]
I'm pickin' it up (yeah), I'm pickin' it up (yeah)
Lovin', I'm livin', so we turnin' up
Yeah, we're turnin' it up

[Verse 1]
Ain't got no tears in my body
I ran out, but boy I like it, I like it, I like it
Don't matter how, what, when, who tries it
We're out here vibin'
We vibin', we vibin'

[Pre-Chorus]
Comin' out, even when it's raining down
Can't stop now, can't stop so shut your mouth
Shut your mouth, and if you don't know
Then now you know it, babe
Know it, babe, yeah

[Chorus]
Right now I'm in a state of mind
I wanna be in, like, all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up
Oh, I just want you to come with me
We on another mentality
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

[Refrain]
Pickin' it up (yeah), pickin' it up (yeah)
Lovin', I'm livin', so we turnin' up
Yeah, we're turnin' it up

[Verse 2]
They point out the colors in you, I see 'em too
And, boy, I like 'em, I like 'em, I like 'em
We're way too fly to partake in all this hate
We're out here vibin', we vibing, we vibing

[Pre-Chorus]
Comin' out, even when it's raining down
Can't stop now, can’t stop, so shut your mouth
Shut your mouth, and if you don't know
Then now you know it, babe
Know it, babe, yeah

[Chorus]
Right now I'm in a state of mind
I wanna be in, like, all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up
Oh, I just want you to come with me
We on another mentality
Ain't got no tears left to cry (so don't cry)
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

[Pre-Chorus]
Comin' out, even when it's raining down
Can't stop now, shut your mouth
Ain't got no tears left to cry,
Oh yeah, oh yeah

[Chorus]
Oh, I just want you to come with me
We on another mentality
Ain't got no tears left to cry (cry)
So I'm pickin' it up, pickin' it up (oh yeah)
I'm lovin', I'm livin', I'm pickin' it up

[Refrain]
Pickin' it up, pickin' it up
Lovin', I'm livin', so we turnin' up
Yeah, we turnin' it up

References

  1. Forbes - Ariana Grande Returns To Pop With New Single 'No Tears Left to Cry'
  2. 2.0 2.1 Billboard - Ariana Grande Announces New Song 'No Tears Left To Cry' Out Friday
  3. Twitter - @ArianaTodayNet - "Emails being sent out from Ariana’s mailing list to fans around the world! A new era has arrived! #NoTearsLeftToCry"
  4. Twitter- @ArianaTodayNet - #NoTearsLeftToCry hit #1 on iTunes in 80 COUNTRIES during its first 24 hours! @ArianaGrande’s personal record ✨ Get the song: http://apple.co/2F2nsVQ
  5. Variety - Ariana Grande to Drop First Single From New Album on April 27
  6. Headline Planet - Ariana Grande's New Single May Actually Arrive On April 20
  7. Ariana Grande’s New Single Reportedly Has ‘Powerful’ Effect on Listening Party Attendees
  8. Ariana Grande Announces New Song 'No Tears Left to Cry' Out Friday
  9. Ariana Grande: No Tears Left to Cry review – instant earworm dances against the odds
  10. 'No Tears Left to Cry': This Is the Part When Ariana Grande Is Broken, But Free
  11. 'No Tears Left to Cry': This Is the Part When Ariana Grande Is Broken, But Free
  12. Ariana Grande's 'No Tears Left To Cry' Is The Anthem We Needed
  13. Ariana Grande's 'No Tears Left To Cry' Is An Unapologetically Joyful Message Of Hope - HuffPost Verdict
  14. Hear Ariana Grande's Uplifting New Song 'No Tears Left to Cry'
  15. Ariana revealing the artwork via Instagram
  16. Twitter - @ArianaGrande - Ariana revealing full artwork
  17. Ariana Grande Just Made a Surprise Appearance at Coachella and Everyone Lost Their Sh*t
  18. Instagram - Ariana Grande confirms music video
  19. Instagram - Dave Mayer - "ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou"
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