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"Side To Side" is the third single from Ariana Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman. It features rapper Nicki Minaj. It peaked at no. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 and became her 8th top ten and 4th top five hit on that chart.

Background

On April 7, 2016, Ariana shared a snippet of the song via her Snapchat.[1] On April 10, 2016, the Dangerous Woman tracklist was updated on iTunes to show five explicit songs on the album. [2] On April 16, 2016, Ariana revealed the tracklist for her upcoming album, and "Side To Side" was revealed to be one of the explicit tracks.[3]

The song was first released via Apple Music/Beats 1 on iTunes on May 14, 2016.[4]

Ariana first performed the song live on her private concert entitled "Vevo Presents: Ariana Grande" on May 19, 2016, hours before the release of her third studio album.[5]

On August 28, 2016, Ariana performed the song with Nicki Minaj on the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.[6][7]

It was released as the third single on August 30, 2016.

There is an alternate unreleased version of Side to Side according to the snippet on Instagram that Ariana shared days before release. At the mid-end of the snippet, you can hear that Nicki's verse has a altered back track/instrumental. Ariana also holds a note longer in the alternate version.

Music Video

On May 14, 2016, Nicki Minaj hinted that the song will be receiving a music video.[8] On August 8, 2016, Ariana posted a picture in a dressing room with a lyric from the song.[9] The video was most likely filmed at that time.

On August 24, 2016, Ariana posted on various social media sites announcing that the music video will be released on August 28. The music video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis and sponsored by Guess.[10][11][12][13] The video was initially released exclusively on Guess after her performance on the VMAs. It was released on Vevo and YouTube on August 30, 2016.

Trivia

  • This island-sounding jam features a verse by Nicki Minaj, marking the third time the two superstars have collaborated on a song. The pair previously appeared on Jessie J's 2014 track "Bang Bang" and The Pinkprint's "Get on Your Knees".
  • Ariana is rumoured to also be featured on Nicki's next album.
  • Nicki took out a different line that Ariana liked. It went: "The D so good, got me screaming oh shit! The D so good, got me doing hoe shit![14]
  • Ariana released The "Side To Side (Remixes)" EP on February 3rd, 2017. The songs were remixes by "Slushii" and "Phantoms".

Videos

Lyrics

[Intro: Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj]
I've been here all night (Ariana)
I've been here all day (Nicki Minaj)
And boy, you got me walkin' side to side
(Let them hoes know)

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
I'm talkin' to ya
See you standing over there with your body
Feeling like I wanna rock with your body
And we don't gotta think 'bout nothin' ('bout nothin')
I'm comin' at ya
Cause I know you got a bad reputation
Doesn't matter cause you give me temptation
And we don't gotta think 'bout nothin' ('bout nothin')

[Pre-Chorus 1: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin' way too much
Say I should give you up
Can't hear them no, cause I...

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I've been here all night
I've been here all day
And boy you got me walkin' side to side
I've been here all night
I've been here all day
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
Been tryna hide it
Baby what's it gonna hurt if they don't know?
Makin' everybody think that we solo
Just as long as you know that you got me (you got me)
And boy I got ya
Cause tonight I'm making deals with the devil
And I know it's gonna get me in trouble
Just as long as you know that you got me

[Pre-Chorus 1: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin' way too much
Say I should give you up
Can't hear them no, cause I...

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I've been here all night
I've been here all day
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)
I've been there all night
(Been there all night baby)
I've been there all day
(Been there all day baby)
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)

[Refrain: Nicki Minaj]
This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle
Come true yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj I got a tricycle

[Verse 3: Nicki Minaj]
All these bitches' flows is my mini-me
Body smoking, so they call me young Nicki chimney
Rappers in they feelings cause they feelin' me
Uh, I-I give zero fucks and I got zero chill in me
Kissing me, copped the blue box that say Tiffany
Curry with the shot, just tell 'em to call me Stephanie
Gun pop and I make my gum pop
I'm the queen of rap, young Ariana run pop

[Pre-Chorus 2: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin' way too much
Say I should give him up
Can't hear them no, cause I...

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I've been here all night
(Been here all night baby)
I've been there all day
(Been here all day baby)
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)
I've been here all night
(Been there all night baby)
I've been here all day
(Been here all day baby)
(Oh baby) Boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)

[Refrain: Nicki Minaj]
This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride dick bicycle
Come true yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj I got a tricycle

[Intro: Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj]
I've been here all night (Ariana)
I've been here all day (Nicki Minaj)
And boy, you got me walkin' side to side
(Let them know)

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
I'm talkin' to ya
See you standing over there with your body
Feeling like I wanna rock with your body
And we don't gotta think 'bout nothin' ('bout nothin')
I'm comin' at ya
Cause I know you got a bad reputation
Doesn't matter cause you give me temptation
And we don't gotta think 'bout nothin' ('bout nothin')

[Pre-Chorus 1: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin' way too much
Say I should give you up
Can't hear them no, cause I...

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I've been here all night
I've been here all day
And boy you got me walkin' side to side
I've been here all night
I've been here all day
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
Been tryna hide it
Baby what's it gonna hurt if they don't know?
Makin' everybody think that we solo
Just as long as you know that you got me (you got me)
And boy I got ya
Cause tonight I'm making deals with the devil
And I know it's gonna get me in trouble
Just as long as you know that you got me

[Pre-Chorus 1: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin' way too much
Say I should give you up
Can't hear them no, cause I...

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I've been here all night
I've been here all day
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)
I've been here all night
(Been there all night baby)
I've been here all day
(Been there all day baby)
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)

[Refrain: Nicki Minaj]
This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride bi-bicycle
Come true yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj I got a tricycle

[Verse 3: Nicki Minaj]
All these b******' flows is my mini-me
Body smoking, so they call me young Nicki chimney
Rappers in they feelings cause they feelin' me
Uh, I-I give zero f**** and I got zero chill in me
Kissing me, copped the blue box that say Tiffany
Curry with the shot, just tell 'em to call me Stephanie
Gun pop and I make my gum pop
I'm the queen of rap, young Ariana run pop

[Pre-Chorus 2: Ariana Grande]
These friends keep talkin' way too much
Say I should give him up
Can't hear them no, cause I...

[Chorus: Ariana Grande]
I've been here all night
(Been here all night baby)
I've been here all day
(Been here all day baby)
And boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)
I've been here all night
(Been here all night baby)
I've been here all day
(Been here all day baby)
(Oh baby) Boy you got me walkin' side to side (side to side)

[Refrain: Nicki Minaj]
This the new style with the fresh type of flow
Wrist icicle, ride bi-bicycle
Come true yo, get you this type of blow
If you wanna Minaj I got a tricycle

References

Dangerous Woman
May 20, 2016 • 39:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bad DecisionsBe AlrightDangerous WomanEverydayFocusGreedyI Don't CareInto YouJason's Song (Gave It Away)Knew Better / Forever BoyLeave Me LonelyLet Me Love YouMoonlightSide To SideSometimesStep On UpThinking Bout YouTouch It
Unreleased Ain't About What You GotIntroNot Afraid Of LoveShe Got Her Own
Artists
Ariana GrandeFutureLil WayneNicki MinajMacy Gray
Tour
Dangerous Woman Tour

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