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

"Thank U, Next" (stylized in all lowercase) is the lead single and title track from Ariana Grande's fifth studio album of the same name.[3] It is also the eleventh track of the album.[4] It was released through Republic Records on November 3, 2018. A 7-inch vinyl of the single was released in February 2019, with "Imagine" being the B-side of the single.[5][6]

Commercially, the song debuted atop of the US Billboard Hot 100, being Grande's highest peak in the country, as well as her first #1 there. The song spent a total of 7 non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart. It also reached #1 in Australia,[7] Canada,[8] Estonia,[9] Finland,[10] Greece,[11] Hungary,[12] Ireland,[13] Malaysia,[14] New Zealand,[15] Portugal,[16] Singapore,[17] South Korea[18] and the United Kingdom.[19]

In the lyrics of the song, Grande mentions and thanks four of her exes: Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Pete Davidson and Mac Miller. She also mentions her parents Joan Grande and Edward Butera.

The accompanying music video for the song premiered on November 30, 2018, and hit over 55 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube and VEVO becoming the video with most views in its first day on both platforms.[20]

Background Edit

Prior to the release of Grande's fourth studio album Sweetener in August 2018, Grande said she will work for her fifth album with its recording sessions starting in September.

According to Tommy Brown, Grande started working on the song on October 4, 2018. Grande teased lyrics from the song on November 1, 2018 through tweets after a clip of Saturday Night Live was launched showing Grande's ex-fiancé Pete Davidson joking about their broken engagement.[21][22] The song title was revealed that day after she tweeted "Thank U, Next" which was later deleted, however, a screenshot of the tweet can be seen on the single's official artwork.

On November 3, Grande confirmed that the song will be the title track and lead single from the album.[3] It was also reported by TMZ that the song would be released that day, however, neither Grande nor her team confirmed it. Later that day the song was available on many digital platforms with no prior official announcement, being a surprise release.[23]

A lyric video for the song was released on November 6, 2018.[24]

Critical reception Edit

Pedestrian's Alasdair Duncan called the song a "banger" and that they will be "cranking this tune at maximum volume for the rest of the afternoon."[25] Hugh McIntyre from Forbes wrote: "While many pop stars talk about being honest and vulnerable when it comes to their music, few open up like Grande has on her latest." and described the song as "catchy", while also being "heartbreaking". According to him, the song "may sound deceptively simple upon first play, but when the lyrics sink in and context is applied, it becomes clear that it's ultimately a beautiful piece of music."[26] Rose Dommy, author from Out Magazine said that on the song, "Grande names each of her exes and explains that she's grateful for what they taught her, including Davidson and Mac Miller." She added "Thank U, Next" is "better than the entirety of Sweetener and, possibly, all music ever created."[27] Spencer Kornhaber from The Atlantic wrote: "Her bottom line is that love heals all. [...] she's added a tough edge to that message— highlighting her ownership of not only the gossip, but her romantic life, her growth as a person, and her career as a maker of catchily inspirational bops"[28]

Accolades Edit

"Thank U, Next" was included on many year-end best-of lists. Time magazine listed the song as the third best song of 2018: "'Thank U, Next' is a highly personal song of self-love and growth that subverts all the obvious pop scripts. It allowed Grande to reframe her narrative as an artist and a woman, and crafted an anthem that celebrates gracious independence over heartbreak."[29] The song was marked at number six on The Guardian's "Top 100 songs of 2018",[30] and number four on the "100 Best Songs of 2018" list by National Public Radio.[31] "The 100 Best Songs of 2018" list by Pitchfork named the song on the #8: "Instead of blaming the men in her life for the pain she’s endured, she thanks them for helping her become the woman she is today. In doing so, she takes the self-love that made Sweetener so special and extends it beyond herself, demonstrating optimism and compassion on the largest possible stage."[32] Dazed magazine's list, "The 20 best tracks of 2018", placed "Thank U, Next" on the #3.[33] and Billboard's "100 Best Songs of 2018" at #4.[34]

Vulture named "Thank U, Next" as the best song of 2018: "Following a year that culturally conditioned people to feed off of spite and vengeance, Ariana Grande decided for the public good to end it with an alternative: maturity" also adding that the song "is the anthem 2018 deserves: Rather than zap the pain from memory, Grande assesses the damage — specifically, her history with love — and rebuilds from the ground up, rekindling her most crucial relationship: Ariana and Ariana. Though she gives her exes their flowers, do not mistake this for a song about men; it’s dedicated to the woman at the eye of their storm who survived."[35] It was also named as the best song of the year by The Fader: "Ari[ana] has a massive audience, but here she sings as though she’s locked eyes with herself in a mirror. Sure, 'thank u, next' is a song about romantic breakups — she namechecks her relationships with Big Sean, Mac Miller, and Pete Davidson — but really it’s a philosophy on par with anything Eckhart Tolle has ever said. Her clarity is universal and contagious, and her logic is somehow warm and gentle: if something doesn’t serve you, maybe its absence will."[36]

Commercial performance Edit

Following the worldwide release of "Thank U, Next", the song debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Worldwide Song Chart and reached No. 1 on US Apple Music, becoming the first pop song to do so in 2018. It debuted at No. 1 on the global Spotify chart with 6,14 million streams.[37] It debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart[38] with first-week sales of 73,000 units including 6.7 million streams, becoming Grande's first solo single to achieve this. It also debuted at the top on the Official Irish Chart.[39]

Following its release date, on November 5, 2018, the song broke the record for the most streams received by a song in a single day by a female artist on Spotify, with 8.19 million streams globally, and increasingly extended it until November 9, when it received 9.6 million streams.[40][41][42]

Music video Edit

The music video of the song premiered on November 30, 2018. Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, it is inspired by four classic movies, including Bring it On (2000), Legally Blonde (2001), Mean Girls (2004) and 13 Going on 30 (2004).[43][44] A trailer of the video was released on November 27, 2018 via Grande's social media.[45] It includes a part of "7 Rings" instrumental, and the video is also used as the official music video's intro.

Jennifer Coolidge from Legally Blonde, and Jonathan Bennett and Stefanie Drummond from Mean Girls made a cameo in the video,[46][47] as well as Grande's friends including Alexa Luria, Courtney Chipolone, Colleen Ballinger, Elizabeth Gillies, Daniella Monet, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, and Troye Sivan.[48][49][50][51][52][45] Grande's dog, Toulouse, also appeared in the music video, Along with a cameo by Gabi DeMartino.[53] Since Joan Grande didn't want to be in the music video,[54][55] Kris Jenner played her mom instead. However, Joan appears as an extra.

As of March 13, 2019 the video has over 300 million views on YouTube.

It was stated that the video has broken the YouTube record for the biggest music video debut in YouTube history...and also the fastest video to earn 100 million views.

Reception Edit

Following its release, it reached 1 million likes on YouTube in less than 35 minutes of its release, breaking Taylor Swift's record of 12 hours with "Look What You Made Me Do" attracted in 2017. The video also broke the record for most-watched video within 24 hours, officially achieving over 55 million views on YouTube in its first day,[56] surpassing the 45.9 million YouTube views of BTS's "Idol" video, the previous record-holder and broke the previous VEVO Record, topping the 43.2 million VEVO views Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do".[20][57]

The video also broke the record for the fastest video to reach 100 million views in VEVO doing it in just 3 days and 10 hours.[58] On YouTube, it is the fastest female video to reach 100 million views and the second overall only behind "Gentleman" (2013) by PSY.

Billboard named the music video as Grande's best: "Complete with a 'Burn Book,' the 'bend and snap,' several celeb cameos (Troye Sivan, Kris Jenner, etc.) and a stamp of approval from the movies' original actors, the highly anticipated music video nonetheless managed to exceed all expectations."[59] In its "The 50 Best Music Videos of 2018: Critics' Picks" list, the magazine placed the song at number 9: "It takes a star at the top of her game, a singer whose personality and heartfelt subject matter shine through even as she's dressing up as her favorite rom-com characters. The final product taught us love, the elaborate roll-out taught us patience, but nothing about it taught us pain -- now that's so amazing. --".

The music video of "Thank U, Next" received 5 nominations for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, including "Video of the Year", "Song of the Year", "Best Pop" and "Best Direction".[60]

Behind the scenes Edit

Three behind-the-scenes videos, directed by Alfredo Flores, were uploaded on Grande's YouTube channel on December 2, 7 and 11, respectively. A director's cut/blooper reel, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, was released on January 4, 2019.

Live performances Edit

Grande gave the first televised performance of the song live along with her single "Breathin" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 7, 2018.[61][62] The song was also performed at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music where she was honored with the "Woman of the Year" award.[63] This is also a regular part of the setlist and always ended each night of Grande's Sweetener World Tour.

Gallery Edit

Videos Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The line "Even almost got married, and for Pete I'm so thankful" was originally "I’m about to get married, for Pete I’m so thankful" before Grande and Pete Davidson broke their engagement. This was revealed by Grande's best friend and the song's writer, Victoria Monét.[64]
  • Grande's ex-boyfriend Ricky Alvarez, who is mentioned on the first verse of the song, posted a video of him reacting to the line about him on his Instagram stories.[65] Grande reposted it on her stories later as well.
  • In the line "'Cause her name is Ari" from the song, Apple Music was wrong and put "Aubrey" instead of "Ari". This confused Grande's fans, believing that she was bisexual. However, on November 5, 2018, Apple Music fixed the lyrics.[66][67]
    • However, Grande has also stated that she does not feel the need to label her sexual orientation.[68]
  • With nearly 10 million likes, "Thank U, Next" is Grande's most liked music video.
  • The song is referenced in a mixtape by Grande's friend and frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj.[69]

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]
Thought I'd end up with Sean
But he wasn't a match
Wrote some songs about Ricky
Now I listen and laugh
Even almost got married
And for Pete, I'm so thankful
Wish I could say, "Thank you" to Malcolm
'Cause he was an angel

[Pre-Chorus]
One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
Now, I'm so amazing
Say I've loved and I've lost
But that's not what I see
So, look what I got
Look what you taught me
And for that, I say

[Chorus]
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next
I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fuckin'—

[Verse 2]
Spend more time with my friends
I ain't worried 'bout nothin'
Plus, I met someone else
We havin' better discussions
I know they say I move on too fast
But this one gon' last
'Cause her name is Ari
And I'm so good with that (So good with that)

[Pre-Chorus]
She taught me love (Love)
She taught me patience (Patience)
How she handles pain (Pain)
That shit's amazing (Yeah, she's amazing)
I've loved and I've lost (Yeah, yeah)
But that's not what I see (Yeah, yeah)
'Cause look what I've found (Yeah, yeah)
Ain't no need for searching, and for that, I say

[Chorus]
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Thank you)
I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex

[Post-Chorus]
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
I'm so fucking—

[Bridge]
One day I'll walk down the aisle
Holding hands with my mama
I'll be thanking my dad
'Cause she grew from the drama
Only wanna do it once, real bad
Gon' make that shit last
God forbid something happens
Least this song is a smash (Song is a smash)

[Pre-Chorus]
I've got so much love (Love)
Got so much patience (Patience)
I've learned from the pain (Pain)
I turned out amazing (Turned out amazing)
Say I've loved and I've lost (Yeah, yeah)
But that's not what I see (Yeah, yeah)
'Cause look what I've found (Yeah, yeah)
Ain't no need for searching
And for that, I say

[Chorus]
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next
I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fuckin' grateful for my ex

[Post-Chorus]
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Yeah, yee
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Thank you, next
Yeah, yee

References Edit

  1. Song of the Week: Ariana Grande Moves on with Style in “thank u, next”
  2. Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" Is Social Media As Pop
  3. 3.0 3.1 Twitter - Grande revealing the album and track title
  4. Instagram - Post by Sweetener
  5. 7" Vinyl + Digital Single — Ariana Grande
  6. Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' out on vinyl
  7. australian-charts.com - Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
  8. Ariana Grande Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)
  9. EESTI TIPP-40 MUUSIKAS
  10. Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next (in Finnish)
  11. Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 44/2018
  12. Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ (in Hungarian)
  13. irishcharts.com - Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
  14. Copy of RIM CHARTS Week 4,5
  15. NZ Top 40 Singles Chart
  16. Portuguesecharts.com – Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
  17. RIAS Top 30 International Streaming Chart
  18. Gaon Download Chart – Issue date: 2018.11.18 – 2018.11.24
  19. Official Singles Chart Top 100
  20. 20.0 20.1 Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Video Breaks The Vevo Record For Most Views In 24 Hours
  21. Twitter - Lyrics from "Thank U, Next"
  22. Glamour - Did Ariana Grande Just Tweet New Lyrics or Another Shady Thing About Pete Davidson?
  23. Ariana Grande Releases Surprise Track 'thank u, next'
  24. Ariana Grande Debuts Ransom Note-Style 'Thank U, Next' Lyric Video: Watch
  25. Well Fuck, Ariana Grande Just Unleashed Her New Banger ‘Thank U, Next’
  26. Ariana Grande Surprise-Drops Emotional New Single 'Thank U, Next'
  27. Ariana Grande Unleashes Breakup Anthem 'Thank U, Next'
  28. Ariana Grande Conquers the Breakup Song
  29. Time - These Are the 10 Best Songs of 2018
  30. The Guardian - The top 100 songs of 2018
  31. The 100 Best Songs of 2018 (20-1)
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  33. The 20 best tracks of 2018
  34. Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2018: Critics' Picks
  35. Vulture - The 10 Best Songs of 2018
  36. The Fader - The 100 best songs of 2018
  37. Twitter - “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande is now the first female song of 2018 to debut at #1 on the Spotify Global Chart.
  38. Ariana Grande’s thank u, next debuts at Number 1 with big opening week numbers
  39. thank u, next becomes Ariana Grande's second Number 1 of 2018 on the Official Irish Singles Chart
  40. Ariana Grande Breaks World Spotify Record Again With ‘Thank U, Next’ As She Finishes New Album
  41. Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Breaks Single-Day Spotify Record For A Female Artist -- Twice
  42. Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Enjoys Another Gain, Sets Another Record On Spotify
  43. Twitter - 'i transferred from los angeles, your school has no gymnastics team this issaalast resort ........ ok i've never cheered before so what?
  44. Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Music Video Is Inspired By Iconic 2000s Rom-Coms
  45. 45.0 45.1 Ariana Grande Parodies 'Mean Girls' in 'Thank U, Next' Music Video Preview - Watch!
  46. Instagram - "new best friend .... thank u, next"
  47. Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Features Real Aaron Samuels From Mean Girls
  48. Instagram - ‘would u like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?’
  49. Instagram - Ci’m sexy, i’m cute! i’m popular to boot! #thankunext
  50. Instagram - Colleen behind the scenes of "Thank U, Next"
  51. Instagram - Liz behind the scenes
  52. Instagram - Cheerleaders from the music video of "Thank U, Next"
  53. Instagram - Picture of Toulouse
  54. Twitter - Statement that Joan Grande did not want to appear in the music video
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  56. Twitter - YouTube Music - "@ArianaGrande’s #thankunextvideo is now the biggest debut in YouTube history"
  57. Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Video Smashes YouTube and Vevo 24-Hour Records
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  60. Ariana, Taylor, Billie Lead Your 2019 VMA
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  62. Watch Ariana Grande Perform “thank u, next” on “Ellen”
  63. Ariana Grande Performs ‘Thank U, Next’ at WIM 2018 | Billboard
  64. Victoria Monét On Co-Writing Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” & Working With Normani
  65. Twitter - Ricky posted a video reacting to the line about him in ”Thank U, Next”
  66. You Might Have Misheard This Lyric In Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’
  67. Twitter - Grande about the lyrics fixed on Apple Music
  68. Twitter @Ariana Grande -"i haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now 🖤🧚🏼‍♂️ which is okay"
  69. Audiomack - "Bust Down Barbiana"
Thank U, Next
February 8, 2019 • 41:04 • Republic Records
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