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"Thank U, Next" (stylized in all lowercase) is the lead single and title track from Ariana Grande's upcoming fifth studio album of the same name.[1] It will also be the last track of the album.[2] It was released through Republic Records on November 3, 2018.

In the United States, it debuted atop of the chart, being Grande's highest peak in the country, as well as her first #1 there. It also reached #1 in Australia, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

In 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.[11]

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. The song was finished right before the shoot of the "Breathin" music video in mid October.[source?] 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.[12][13] 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.[1] 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.[14]

A lyric video for the song was released on November 6, 2018.[15]

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."[16] 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."[17] 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."[18] 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"[19]

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."[20] The song was marked at number six on The Guardian's "Top 100 songs of 2018",[21] and number four on the "100 Best Songs of 2018" list by National Public Radio.[22]

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."[23]

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.[24] It debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart[25] 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.[26]

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.[27][28][29]

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).[30][31] A teaser of the video was released on November 27, 2018 via Grande's social media.[32]

Jennifer Coolidge from Legally Blonde, and Jonathan Bennett and Stefanie Drummond from Mean Girls made a cameo in the video,[33][34] as well as Grande's friends including Alexa Luria, Courtney Chipolone, Colleen Ballinger, Elizabeth Gillies, Daniella Monet, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, and Troye Sivan.[35][36][37][38][39][32] Grande's dog, Toulouse, also appeared in the music video.[40] Since Joan Grande didn't want to be in the music video,[41][42] Kris Jenner played her mom instead. However, Joan appears as an extra.

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,[43] 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".[11][44]

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.[45] 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."[46]

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.[47][48] The song was also performed at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music where she was honored with the "Woman of the Year" award.[49]

Gallery Edit

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Videos Edit

Trivia Edit

  • 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.[50] 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.[51][52]

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 fucking grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fucking...

[Verse 2]
Spend more time with my friends
I ain't worried 'bout nothing
Plus, I met someone else
We having 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 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 fucking grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fucking 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 got so much love (Love)
Got so much patience (Patience)
I've learned from the pain (Pain)
Turned out amazing (Turned out amazing)
I've loved and I've lost (Yeah, yeah)
But that's not what I see (Yeah, yeah)
Cause look what I 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 fucking grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so fucking 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

[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 grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so...

[Verse 2]
Spend more time with my friends
I ain't worried 'bout nothin'
Plus, I met someone else
We having 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 sh*t'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 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 grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so grateful for my ex

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

[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 last
God forbid something happens
Least this song is a smash (Song is a smash)

[Pre-Chorus]
I got so much love (Love)
Got so much patience (Patience)
I've learned from the pain (Pain)
Turned out amazing (Turned out 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
I'm so grateful for my ex
Thank you, next (Thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Said thank you, next)
Thank you, next (Next)
I'm so 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. 1.0 1.1 Twitter - Grande revealing the album and track title
  2. Twitter - Grande announcing it's the last track
  3. australian-charts.com - Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
  4. Ariana Grande Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)
  5. Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next (in Finnish)
  6. irishcharts.com - Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
  7. Copy of RIM CHARTS Week 4,5
  8. NZ Top 40 Singles Chart
  9. RIAS Top 30 International Streaming Chart
  10. Official Singles Chart Top 100
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Video Breaks The Vevo Record For Most Views In 24 Hours
  12. Twitter - Lyrics from "Thank U, Next"
  13. Glamour - Did Ariana Grande Just Tweet New Lyrics or Another Shady Thing About Pete Davidson?
  14. Ariana Grande Releases Surprise Track 'thank u, next'
  15. Ariana Grande Debuts Ransom Note-Style 'Thank U, Next' Lyric Video: Watch
  16. Well Fuck, Ariana Grande Just Unleashed Her New Banger ‘Thank U, Next’
  17. Ariana Grande Surprise-Drops Emotional New Single 'Thank U, Next'
  18. Ariana Grande Unleashes Breakup Anthem 'Thank U, Next'
  19. Ariana Grande Conquers the Breakup Song
  20. Time - These Are the 10 Best Songs of 2018
  21. The Guardian - The top 100 songs of 2018
  22. The 100 Best Songs of 2018 (20-1)
  23. Vulture - The 10 Best Songs of 2018
  24. Twitter - “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande is now the first female song of 2018 to debut at #1 on the Spotify Global Chart.
  25. Ariana Grande’s thank u, next debuts at Number 1 with big opening week numbers
  26. thank u, next becomes Ariana Grande's second Number 1 of 2018 on the Official Irish Singles Chart
  27. Ariana Grande Breaks World Spotify Record Again With ‘Thank U, Next’ As She Finishes New Album
  28. Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Breaks Single-Day Spotify Record For A Female Artist -- Twice
  29. Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Enjoys Another Gain, Sets Another Record On Spotify
  30. Twitter - 'i transferred from los angeles, your school has no gymnastics team this issaalast resort ........ ok i've never cheered before so what?
  31. Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Music Video Is Inspired By Iconic 2000s Rom-Coms
  32. 32.0 32.1 Ariana Grande Parodies 'Mean Girls' in 'Thank U, Next' Music Video Preview - Watch!
  33. Instagram - "new best friend .... thank u, next"
  34. Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Features Real Aaron Samuels From Mean Girls
  35. Instagram - ‘would u like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?’
  36. Instagram - Ci’m sexy, i’m cute! i’m popular to boot! #thankunext
  37. Instagram - Colleen behind the scenes of "Thank U, Next"
  38. Instagram - Liz behind the scenes
  39. Instagram - Cheerleaders from the music video of "Thank U, Next"
  40. Instagram - Picture of Toulouse
  41. Twitter - Statement that Joan Grande did not want to appear in the music video
  42. Twitter - More about Joan Grande not wanting to be in the video
  43. Twitter - YouTube Music - "@ArianaGrande’s #thankunextvideo is now the biggest debut in YouTube history"
  44. Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Video Smashes YouTube and Vevo 24-Hour Records
  45. Grande's 'thank u, next' bests Adele to fastest 100 million views
  46. Ariana Grande's Billboard - 10 Best Music Videos: Critic's Picks
  47. Ariana Grande to perform breakup song Thank u, next, which references exes Pete Davidson and Mac Miller, on Ellen
  48. Watch Ariana Grande Perform “thank u, next” on “Ellen”
  49. Ariana Grande Performs ‘Thank U, Next’ at WIM 2018 | Billboard
  50. Twitter - Ricky posted a video reacting to the line about him in ”Thank U, Next”
  51. You Might Have Misheard This Lyric In Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’
  52. Twitter - Grande about the lyrics fixed on Apple Music
Thank U, Next
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Tour
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