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

Thank U, Next is Ariana Grande's upcoming fifth studio album. The album was recorded starting on October 1, 2018, and finishing on December 4, 2018.[3][4]

Background

During the Sweetener livestream on August 16, 2018, Grande confirmed that she would start working on her next album in September 2018.[5] Tommy Brown shared a short snippet of a song on his Instagram story on October 4, 2018.[6] 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 the song.[7]

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.[8]

Possible track list - breathin mv.jpg
Possible track list - breathin mv 1.jpg
Possible tracks featured on the music video for "Breathin".

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. Fans noted more possible songs "Make Up", "7 Rings", "Ghostin" and "Remember".[9][10] Grande also teased "Imagine", "7 Rings" and "Needy" on the music video for the album's title track, "Thank U, Next", released in November 2018.[11]

On December 4, 2018, Grande revealed on Twitter that the album was finished.[4] In an interview with Billboard, the album was described as "deep, bass-driven bangers with trap beats alternating with airy, sad ballads".[2]

Recording

On October 1, 2018, Grande uploaded a photo at studio on her Instagram story.[3] 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).[1]

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

  • October 1, 2018[3]
  • October 2, 2018[1]
  • October 3, 2018[12]
  • October 4, 2018[6]
  • October 5, 2018[13]
  • October 6, 2018[14]
  • October 7, 2018[15]
  • October 8, 2018[16]
  • October 9, 2018[17]
  • October 10, 2018[18]
  • October 11, 2018[19]
  • October 12, 2018[20]
  • October 22, 2018[21]
  • October 24, 2018[22]
  • October 26, 2018[23]
  • October 30, 2018[24]
  • November 9, 2018[25]
  • November 11, 2018[26]
  • November 27, 2018[27]
  • November 28, 2018[28]
  • November 29, 2018[29]
  • December 4, 2018[4]

Singles

The lead single and title track, "Thank U, Next", was released on November 3, 2018.[30]

Promotional singles

A promotional single, "Imagine", was released on December 14, 2018.[31]

Tour

Main article: Sweetener World Tour
Grande confirmed that the tour for her album Sweetener will be combined with Thank U, Next.[32] The dates for the North American leg of the Sweetener World Tour were announced on October 25, 2018 and will begin on March 18, 2019.[33]

Gallery

Songs

The album will feature 13 tracks and will not include any collaborations.[34][35] Grande has also confirmed that this album will not include an intro.[36]

Confirmed songs

Possible songs

  • "Remember" - the title can be seen in the music video for "Breathin".[45]
  • "Make Up" - the title can be seen in the music video for "Breathin".[40]
  • "Ghostin" - the title can be seen in the music video for "Breathin".[40]
  • "You" - a scrapped song from Sweetener, however Grande said that she might release the song at some point in an interview with Zach Sang.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Twitter - Ariana's Instagram Story #3
  2. 2.0 2.1 Billboard - Billboard Woman of the Year Ariana Grande: 'There's Not Much I'm Afraid of Anymore'
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Twitter - Grande's Instagram Story #4
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Twitter - Current Pop - Ariana Grande reveals her fifth studio album "thank u, next" was completed ten minutes ago.
  5. Twitter - Pop Crave - "During her intimate Virtual Sweetener Release Party, @ArianaGrande confirmed that she will begin her fifth studio album next month."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Twitter - Tommy Brown (@tbhits) shares new snippet in the studio with Ariana: ”Crazy things happening” 👀
  7. 7.0 7.1 Instagram - Ariana Grande - "tell me how good it feels to be needed"
  8. The FADER - Ariana Grande reveals her new album title
  9. Ariana Grande's "Breathin'" Music Video Features a Hidden Clue About Her Next Album
  10. Twitter - Fan showing more possible tracks
  11. What Does "7 Rings" In "Thank U, Next" Mean? Ariana Grande May Be Teasing More New Music
  12. https://twitter.com/ArianaToday/status/1047600845305602048
  13. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 5)
  14. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 6)
  15. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story (October 7)
  16. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story #4
  17. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana’s Instagram Story #3
  18. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story (October 10)
  19. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  20. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  21. Instagram - Frankie James Grande - "visiting my sister in the studio"
  22. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story (October 24)
  23. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  24. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana's Instagram Story #2
  25. Twitter - Ariana Grande Update - Ariana via Instagram Stories
  26. Billboard - Ariana Grande Shares Mysterious Studio Video With Max Martin: Watch
  27. Twitter - Ariana Grande Updates - Ariana via Instagram Story (11)
  28. Twitter - Ariana Grande - ily today was so fun
  29. Instagram - dougmiddlebrook - these are my favorite days
  30. iTunes - "thank u, next" - Single by Ariana Grande on Apple Music
  31. Billboard - Ariana Grande Drops Countdown For Her Next Single, 'Imagine'
  32. Twitter - Grande confirming the tour combined with both albums
  33. Twitter - Grande confirming the tour dates
  34. Twitter - Ariana Grande - thirteen
  35. Twitter - Grande saying the album won't feature any collaborations
  36. Twitter - No intro
  37. Twitter - Grande announcing a single coming soon
  38. Twitter - Grande listening to "Thank U, Next"
  39. Twitter - Grande confirming the last track of the album
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Twitter - More songs teased from the track listing
  41. Twitter - Grande about 'NASA'
  42. Billboard - Ariana Grande Explains the '7 Rings' Reference in Her 'Thank U, Next' Video
  43. Twitter - Ariana Grande - yes, that one is real
  44. Twitter - Ariana Grande - yes
  45. Twitter - Ariana Grande Today - Ariana revealed two more songs from her upcoming album
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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