Thank U, Next
Ariana Grande, Scooter Braun
February 9, 2019
Ariana Grande – primary artist
Victoria Monét – background vocals
Tayla Parx – background vocals
Marjorie Grande – background vocals
Doug Middlebrook – background vocals
Shangela Laquifa Wadley – uncredited vocals
Happy Perez – guitar, keyboards
Pop Wansel – keyboards
Peter Lee Johnson – strings
Wojtek Bylund – alto saxophone
Ilya Salmanzadeh – bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, string arrangement
Janne Bjerger – trumpet
Max Martin – bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, string arrangement
Mattias Bylund – horns arrangement, strings, string arrangement, violin
Magnus Johannson – trumpet
Peter Noos Johannson – trombone
Tomas Johannson – tenor saxophone
JProof – keyboards
David Bukovinszky – cello
Alexander West – guitar
Larrance Dopson – guitar
Mattias Johannson – violin
★★★★ out of 5
Ariana Grande released her second album just six months after her last one—and Thank U, Next turns out to be a commercial success for her.
The albums title track was released as the album's lead single in November 2018, and it peaked on the Billboard 100 charts.
The album has produced three singles: "Thank U, Next," "7 Rings," "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
In support of both Sweetener and Thank U, Next, Grande will embark on the Sweetener World Tour, beginning in March 2019.
“Lately I’ve been on a roller coaster/Trying to get hold of my emotions,” Grande sings in “Needy." The last few years has been challenging for Grande with the Manchester bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, a whirlwind engagement that turned into a messy public split with fiancé Pete Davidson.
All 12 songs were co-written with Grande, and Ariana Grande is an executive producer on this album, as well as Scooter Braun.
Is this album just leftovers from Sweetener that was released on August 17, 2018? Several songs sound like they are from the same recording sessions.
Thank U, Next makes you suspect that the best Ariana is yet to come.