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Of course, of course you love yourself before you’re able to fully love someone else, of course. And, this isn’t really about that, it’s just kind of about, you know how everyone has the little things that you’re like ‘Eugh! How could you like that?’ And you see someone who you’re madly in love with, love that and you’re just kinda like, ‘I’m floored’…It’s like ‘Oof, I wanna feel that.’

–Grande via Interview on Zach Sang Show

"POV" (stylized in all lower case and an acronym for "point of view") is the fourteenth track and third and former last single from Ariana Grande's sixth studio album, Positions. Grande confirmed "POV" as the fourteenth and final track of Positions on October 24, 2020, through her social media. It’s also the last song to appear on the standard version of the album. The song was released on October 30, 2020, through Republic Records. The song was also released on April 19, 2021, in American radio through Republic Records.[1] A dance lyric video for the song, directed by Director X, was released on April 30, 2021, to coincide with the six month anniversary of Positions.

Background[]

This song is a sweet tribute to her lover for loving her for the person she is. The singer is learning to love herself the way that he loves her.[2] The songs instrumental begins with a relaxing melody, slowly building off with percussion, flourishes of strings.

The official cover art for "POV" leaked on June 17, 2023, assuming that it was going to be a single.

Ariana had shared a clip of POV studio sessions back on April 3, 2022, on her Instagram account, but it wasn’t the full sessions. On June 17, 2023, the behind the scenes studio footage was leaked in full the same day as the Sweetener visualizers. Eventually on October 29, 2023, Grande officially released the behind the scenes studio sessions onto her TikTok account, despite it being leaked.[3]

Grande’s final unmixed demo leaked on March 22, 2023. Tayla’s writers reference leaked on January 24, 2024, along with the full session. A early demo that was seen in the POV behind the scenes studio sessions footage was leaked on February 24, 2024

Composition[]

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Universal Music Publishing Group, the song is composed in the key of E♭ Major with a tempo of 66 beats per minute. Grande's vocals range from the note of B♭3 to G5.[4]

Audios[]

Music video[]

A music video was expected to be released, but it was later scrapped, most likely due to time constraints. The producers of the music video were Valerie Bush & Julio Mata Jr. The director was Stefan Kohil (he has worked with Ariana for a long time). The video was edited by Troy Charbonnet.

On January 18, 2022, actor George Todd M, who played in Euphoria and Shameless, posted a TikTok confirming the music video, showing the shooting schedule of the project. The video shoot took place in Miami, Florida in early 2021. On April 24, 2023, it was confirmed that the video was 3:25. The song has two scrapped music videos with a different scenery and plot for each one of the music videos.

Video 1 - A relaxing grassland scene with a big tree, while she’s walking around and singing. Grande is featured throughout the whole video (3:28).

Video 2 - Set in Miami, showcases different types of love (featuring two male lovers, a family, a hospital scene, some dogs), and Grande at the beginning and the end of the video (3:25).

When the videos were available for purchase, you could only buy one of the two versions, the other would then no longer be for sale. It was then decided on the version that features Ariana throughout the whole video for $3,000.

The first snippet of the music video 1 was leaked on May 15, 2023. The second snippet leaked on May 16, 2023. The full video leaked May 18, 2023.

Live performances[]

Vevo Official Live Performance[]

On June 20, 2021, Grande released the first live performance of POV at 9pm PST. It is a Vevo Original live.[5]

Musicians

Critical reception[]

According to Pitchfork Grande "closes on a personal note with “pov,” a highlight that punctuates the previous tracks’ seductions with a different kind of intimacy. Over a quiet arrangement flourished with cello and viola, she considers whether all the love she feels can reflect inward." [6]

Chart performance[]

"POV" debuted at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the chart week of November 14, 2020.[7]

Trivia[]

  • The song is rumored to be about Dalton Gomez.
  • A music video for the song was supposed to release but, it was later scrapped.
  • "POV" was sent to US contemporary hit radio on March 22, 2021, as the third single from the album.[8] Sometime in July, the song was pulled off all radio stations and was noted to be the final single from Positions.
  • "POV", along with "Positions" and "34+35", has won "Most-Performed Songs of the Year" at the 2022 BMI Pop Music Awards.[9]
  • The official music video for POV was shot 3 days before Ariana and Dalton’s wedding. It was also said that she was supposed to release the video on her wedding day.
  • The music video was filmed May 12, 2021.
  • The seller has revealed that the POV music video was not directed by Dave Meyers.
  • One of Ariana Grande’s digital designer artists “Richydraws” had commented on somebody’s TikTok due to the recent surfacing of the POV snippets, revealed that he was supposed to have his own animated segment in the music video. He also revealed that he thinks the POV music video was inspired by his animations.
  • There were quite a few Easter eggs seen in the POV music video (Version 1). -
    • In the beginning, Ariana is sitting in a forest which reflects her debut era, if you have seen honeymoon tour visuals you can see the 'honeymoon avenue' music video reference when Ariana went on her first concert tour.
    • In the mirror scene, it is shown the upside down Ariana refers to is the 'Sweetener' era where her life was full of upside downs.
    • In the glasshouse and mirror, she is walking to a mirror looking through which means her bright future, she is leaving her past behind and she has found true happiness in her life.
    • As it was seen on one of the scenes there are seven rings that are linked together on a tree. This is a reference to the song, "7 Rings."
    • The Thank U, Next burn book from the "Thank U, Next" Music Video was seen laying on a bench.
    • Looking closely at the background, a house resembles a property by Ariana and Dalton that was purchased around early 2021.
    • Ariana was seen wearing a red bracelet in the music video. She wears this particular bracelet because she practices Kabbalah. It was given to her by her grandpa’s tie pearl that she currently has on her wedding ring. She was seen wearing the bracelet during her “Yours Truly” and “My Everything” era.
    • Ariana was seen wearing in the music video “DIOR vintage tie dye one shoulder silk gown”, “Alixnyc bates bodysuit in chocolate”, “Stuart Weitzman Nudist Hollywood Sandals”, and “Fear of God Essential Puffer cost”. The puffer coat she wore during the showcase box scene was seen in her “Dangerous Woman” era.
    • You can spot two wedding rings next to the "Tom Na H-iu" (glowing object).
      Tom Na H-iu is “a site where spirits are spending a period of time until they go on their next life.” The object symbolizes her visiting people that she lost before moving on.
    • In the music video she’s saying goodbye to her past, her ex lover Mac Miller made a song dedicated to her called “Cinderella”. Cinderella uses a carriage, and she is seen walking past it. She’s leaving it behind, walking away from the past starting a new chapter in her life.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
It's like you got superpowers
Turn my minutes into hours
You got more than 20/20, babe
Made of glass the way you see through me
You know me better than I do
Can't seem to keep nothing from you
How you touch my soul from the outside
Permeate my ego and my pride

[Chorus]
I wanna love me (Ooh)
The way that you love me (Ooh)
Ooh, for all of my pretty
And all of my ugly too
I'd love to see me from your point of view
I wanna trust me (Trust me)
The way that you trust me (Trust me)
Ooh, 'cause nobody ever loved me like you do
I'd love to see me from your point of view

[Verse 2]
I'm gеttin' used to receiving
Still gеttin' good at not leaving
I'ma love you even though I'm scared (Oh, scared)
Learnin' to be grateful for myself (Oh, oh, oh)
You love my lips 'cause they say the
Things we've always been afraid of
I can feel it startin' to subside
Learnin' to believe in what is mine

[Chorus]
I wanna love me (Ooh)
The way that you love me (Ooh)
Ooh, for all of my pretty
And all of my ugly too
I'd love to see me from your point of view
I wanna trust me (Trust me)
The way that you trust me (Trust me)
Ooh, 'cause nobody ever loved me like you do
I'd love to see me from your point of view

[Bridge]
I couldn't believe it or see it for myself
Know I be impatient, but now I'm out here
Fallin', fallin', frozen, slowly
Fallin', got me right
I won't keep you waitin' (Waitin')
All my baggage waitin', safely (My baggage waiting)
And if my eyes deceive me
Won't let them stray too far away

[Chorus]
I wanna love me (Ooh)
The way that you love me (Ooh)
Ooh, for all of my pretty
And all of my ugly too
I'd love to see me from your point of view
I wanna trust me, ooh (Trust me)
The way that you trust me, baby (Trust me)
'Cause nobody ever loved me like you do
I'd love to see me from your point of view (Oh)
Yeah

References[]

Positions
October 30, 2020 • 41:07 • Republic Records
Songs
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