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This article is about the album. For its title track, see Thank U, Next (song).

Thank U, Next (stylized in all lowercase) is Ariana Grande's fifth studio album released on February 8, 2019 through Republic Records.[3] The album was recorded between October and December 2018.[4][5]

Two singles were released from the album, and both debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. With this, Thank U, Next joined Daydream by Mariah Carey as the only albums by female artists to have multiple songs debut at number one.[6] Grande also joined Carey (3) and Britney Spears (2) as the only female artists with multiple number-one debuts; overall she is the fifth artist after Justin Bieber (2) and Drake (2).[7]

Background

During the Sweetener livestream on August 16, 2018, Grande confirmed that she would start working on her next album in September 2018.[8] Tommy Brown shared a short snippet of a song on his Instagram story on October 4, 2018.[9] Later that day, Grande shared a 45-second-snippet of a song on her Instagram with the caption "tell me how good it feels to be needed" which are lyrics from a song, later revealed to be titled "Needy".[10] On November 1, 2018, Grande revealed on Twitter that she was finishing the album, but she later deleted the tweet. On November 3, 2018, Grande confirmed the title of the album, Thank U, Next.[11]

A music video for Grande's single "Breathin", from her previous album Sweetener, was released on November 7, 2018. In the video, a short scene shows a departures board, where some possible tracks from Thank U, Next are listed, including "NASA", "Imagine" and "Needy". Also, another short scene shows the board in the background blurred. The song titles "Make Up", "7 Rings", "Ghostin" and "Remember" could be seen.[12][13] Grande also teased "Imagine", "7 Rings" and "Needy" in the music video for the album's title track, "Thank U, Next", released in November 2018.[14]

On December 4, 2018, Grande revealed on Twitter that the album was finished.[5] In an interview with Billboard, the album was described as "deep, bass-driven bangers with trap beats alternating with airy, sad ballads".[15] On January 3, 2019, Grande confirmed on Twitter that "7 Rings" would be the second single from the album.[16] Its track listing was revealed on January 22, 2019 on Instagram.[17] The album was made available for pre-order on January 25, 2019.[18]

It was revealed on Grande's official Japanese Twitter account that a Deluxe Edition of the album would be released on June 26, Ariana's birthday, featuring the "7 Rings" remix featuring 2 Chainz, "Monopoly" with Victoria Monét, and a DVD with the music videos for "Thank U, Next", "7 Rings" and "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored".[19][20]

Recording

On October 1, 2018, Grande uploaded a photo at studio on her Instagram story.[4] A day later, she uploaded more photos and revealed that at least nine songs were recorded, tagging songwriters and producers Kaydence, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, Tommy Brown, Scootie and Mikey (from Social House).[21]

The following is a list of dates on which Grande was in the studio:

  • October 1, 2018[4]
  • October 2, 2018[21]
  • October 3, 2018[22]
  • October 4, 2018[9]
  • October 5, 2018[23]
  • October 6, 2018[24]
  • October 7, 2018[25]
  • October 8, 2018[26]
  • October 9, 2018[27]
  • October 10, 2018[28]
  • October 11, 2018[29]
  • October 12, 2018[30]
  • October 22, 2018[31]
  • October 24, 2018[32]
  • October 26, 2018[33]
  • October 30, 2018[34]
  • November 9, 2018[35]
  • November 11, 2018[36]
  • November 27, 2018[37]
  • November 28, 2018[38]
  • November 29, 2018[39]
  • December 4, 2018[5]

Cover art

Grande revealed that there would be a different version for the physical and digital album cover art.[40] The digital version of the cover was revealed on January 23, 2019 and Grande stated that this was her favorite one yet. It features a pink background and an upside down photo of Grande in the middle, shot by Alfredo Flores, with the title of the album painted on her neck by Brian Nicholson.[41] While the physical version, revealed two days later, features a black background.[42]

Singles

The lead single and title track, "Thank U, Next", was released on November 3, 2018.[43]

The second single, "7 Rings", was released on January 18, 2019.[44]

The third and final single, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored", was released along with the album on February 8, 2019.[45]

Promotional singles

A promotional single, "Imagine", was released on December 14, 2018.[46]

Tour

Main article: Sweetener World Tour
Grande confirmed that the tour for her album Sweetener would be combined with Thank U, Next.[47] The dates for the North American leg of the Sweetener World Tour were announced on October 25, 2018. The tour began on March 18, 2019, in Albany, New York and is scheduled to end on October 13, 2019 in Zürich, Switzerland.[48]

Critical reception

The album received universal acclaim from music critics. AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine made an early review of the album. He noted the difference between Thank U, Next with Grande's previous album Sweetener saying that "this time Grande is swaggering with the confidence that comes with unquestioned stardom." He added that "the album feels slighter than Sweetener." Erlewine gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars.[49] Sal Cinquemani, writing on behalf of Slant Magazine, gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated that Thank U, Next is "easily Grande’s most sonically consistent effort to date, even if that means some of the album’s sleek R&B tracks tend to blur together."[50]

Commercial performance

After the release of Thank U, Next, it reached the top on US iTunes in just 5 minutes, becoming the fastest album in history to hit #1 on US iTunes.

The album debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 with 360,000 album-equivalent units being Grande's fourth number-one album in the United States. It broke the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album.[51] All twelve songs from the album appeared simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 in the week ending February 23, 2018 and eleven of the tracks appeared in the top 40 of the chart. With this, Grande broke the record for the most simultaneous top 40 songs by a female artist.[52]

The album also broke yet another record of occupying the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, a record that was held by The Beatles for the last 55 years.[53][54]

Trivia

  • This is Grande’s first album on which she co-wrote every track.
  • The album is Grande's first album not to feature any collaborations.
  • The first song written for the album was "Ghostin".[55]
  • The last song recorded for the album was "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored".[56]

Gallery

Booklet

Track listing

Standard Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Imagine"Andrew Wansel, Nathan Perez, Priscilla Renea, Jameel Roberts, Ariana GrandeWansel, Perez3:32
2."Needy"Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, Tommy BrownBrown2:51
3."NASA"Grande, Monét, Parx, Brown, Charles AndersonBrown, Anderson3:02
4."Bloodline"Grande, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Savan KotechaMartin3:36
5."Fake Smile"Wansel, Perez, Renea, Kennedi Lykken, Justin Tranter, Grande, Joseph W. Frierson, Mary Lou FriersonPop Wansel, Happy Perez3:28
6."Bad Idea"Grande, Martin, Salmanzadeh, KotechaMartin, Ilya4:27
7."Make Up"Grande, Monét, Parx, Brown, Brian BaptisteBrown, Baptiste2:20
8."Ghostin"Grande, Martin, Salmanzadeh, Kotecha, Monét, ParxMartin, Ilya4:31
9."In My Head"Wansel, Grande, Perez, Brittany "Chi" Coney, Denisia Andrews, Lindel Deon Nelson Jr., RobertsPop Wansel, Happy Perez, NOVA Wav3:42
10."7 Rings"Grande, Monét, Parx, Njomza Vitia, Kimberly Krysiuk, Brown, Michael Foster, Anderson, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein IIBrown, Anderson, Foster2:58
11."Thank U, Next"Grande, Monét, Parx, Vitia, Krysiuk, Brown, Foster, AndersonBrown, Foster, Anderson3:27
12."Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"Grande, Martin, Salmanzadeh, Kotecha, Kandi Burruss, Kevin BriggsMartin, Ilya3:10
Total length:41:11
Japanese Deluxe Edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."7 Rings" (featuring 2 Chainz) (remix)Grande, Monét, Parx, Vitia, Krysiuk, Brown, Foster, Anderson, Rodgers, Hammerstein II, Tauheed EppsBrown, Anderson, Foster2:58
14."Monopoly" (with Victoria Monét)Grande, Monét, Anderson, Foster, Tim SubySocial House, Busy2:38
Japanese Deluxe Edition (bonus DVD)
No.TitleLength
1."Thank U, Next" (music video)5:31
2."7 Rings" (music video)3:05
3."Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (music video)3:25

Cut tracks

References

  1. thank u, next - Ariana Grande
  2. Thank U, Next Is a Phoenix Moment for Ariana Grande
  3. Twitter - Ariana Grande - how convenient 🖖🏼
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Twitter - Grande's Instagram Story #4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Twitter - Current Pop - Ariana Grande reveals her fifth studio album "thank u, next" was completed ten minutes ago.
  6. Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Debuted At No. 1 After A Record-Breaking Amount Of Streams
  7. Ariana Grande's '7 Rings' Soars In at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
  8. Twitter - Pop Crave - "During her intimate Virtual Sweetener Release Party, @ArianaGrande confirmed that she will begin her fifth studio album next month."
  9. 9.0 9.1 Twitter - Tommy Brown (@tbhits) shares new snippet in the studio with Ariana: ”Crazy things happening” 👀
  10. Instagram - Ariana Grande - "tell me how good it feels to be needed"
  11. The FADER - Ariana Grande reveals her new album title
  12. Ariana Grande's "Breathin'" Music Video Features a Hidden Clue About Her Next Album
  13. Twitter - Fan showing more possible tracks
  14. What Does "7 Rings" In "Thank U, Next" Mean? Ariana Grande May Be Teasing More New Music
  15. Billboard - Billboard Woman of the Year Ariana Grande: 'There's Not Much I'm Afraid of Anymore'
  16. Twitter - Ariana Grande - it's 7 rings
  17. Ariana Grande Reveals Tracklist For New Album thank u, next
  18. Twitter - Ariana Grande - friday 🌪🌫
  19. Twitter - Ariana Japan - 6.26🎂
  20. Universal Music Japan - Deluxe Edition Tracklist
  21. 21.0 21.1 Twitter - Ariana's Instagram Story #3
  22. Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 3)
  23. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 5)
  24. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 6)
  25. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 7)
  26. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story #4
  27. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story #3
  28. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story (October 10)
  29. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  30. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  31. Instagram - Frankie James Grande - "visiting my sister in the studio"
  32. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story (October 24)
  33. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  34. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  35. Twitter - Ariana Grande Update - Ariana via Instagram Stories
  36. Billboard - Ariana Grande Shares Mysterious Studio Video With Max Martin: Watch
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  38. Twitter - Ariana Grande - ily today was so fun
  39. Instagram - dougmiddlebrook - these are my favorite days
  40. Everything We Know About Ariana Grande's New Album 'Thank U, Next'
  41. Twitter - "this is my fav album cover i think. brian painted me. fredo shot me. made with tru, deep friendship and love. just like this music."
  42. Twitter - Grande revealing the album's physical cover
  43. iTunes - "thank u, next" - Single by Ariana Grande on Apple Music
  44. Twitter - Ariana Grande - 💍💍💍💍💍💍💍1.18.
  45. Twitter - Grande announcing the album's third single
  46. Billboard - Ariana Grande Drops Countdown For Her Next Single, 'Imagine'
  47. Twitter - Grande confirming the tour combined with both albums
  48. Twitter - Grande confirming the tour dates
  49. thank u, next - Ariana Grande - AllMusic
  50. Review: Ariana Grande Embraces Her Flaws on Thank U, Next
  51. Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Streaming Week Ever for a Pop Album
  52. Ariana Grande Breaks Record For Most Simultaneous Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist
  53. Billboard - Top 100 Songs (retrieved February 26, 2019)
  54. NBC News - How Ariana Grande beat The Beatles' 55-year chart record with 'thank u, next'
  55. Twitter - @ArianaGrande: "ghostin was first 🌫"
  56. Twitter - @ArianaGrande: "buwygf,ib"
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 UpNASANeedyThank U, Next
Unreleased Remember
Artists
Ariana Grande
Tour
Sweetener World Tour
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