Ariana Grande tops last album with ‘Thank U, Next’

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Lanie Gatson, Contributing Writer

Pop sensation, Ariana Grande, has joined an elite group with her latest album, “Thank U, Next.”

The most recent project is Grande’s fifth studio album released on Feb. 8. Three singles were released from the album and two out of the three debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. She joined Mariah Carey and Britney Spears in the pop genre as one of the top selling female artists with multiple no. 1 debuts.  

On the track “Ghostin,” she refers to her ex fiancé, Pete Davidson and adding her recently deceased ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, showing more of her emotional side. Grande discusses the mourning of Miller after his death and apologizes to her ex fiancé for how it affected their relationship. 

“Feeling badly for the person you’re with because you love somebody else. Feeling badly because he can tell he can’t compare…and how I should be ghosting him.” Grande said, in an “On Air” with Ryan Seacrest on the inspiration behind her hit “Ghostin.”

The album’s song choice is very versatile. From the slow ballads and melodies in songs like “Ghostin” to more upbeat fun pop style vibe songs like “Makeup.” With the project being done in the past six months, she said it was one of her most vulnerable creations to date. 

Grande explained in a recent Billboard interview that her motivation is to release music the way male rappers do. She went into detail about how women are held to certain standards that men are not when it comes to the promotion process, the impact of radio and finances. However, what Grande really wants to do is to sing about anything that comes to her mind and be able to express herself to her fans in the best way she knows how.

“Thank U, Next” comes after one of her most personal projects and Grammy award-winning album, “Sweetener.” Within six short months, she lost one of the most important people in her life, her ex-boyfriend Miller. Her engagement to Davidson was called off shortly after the rapper’s death, as well as her getting backlash for not being there for Miller after the media released that his death was caused from an accidental overdose.  

The only statement Grande put out about Miller’s death came after she got backlash from the media.

“I adored you from the day I met you when I was 19 and I always will. I can’t believe you are not here anymore,” Grande said.