Text: AJ Longabaugh
Heading into the weekend, there was more than enough new music that hit all streaming platforms to create any playlist with whatever festive or sad angle one was hoping to achieve. Flash-forward to Saturday night when "burn book" styled artwork appeared as the banner on nearly every Spotify account imaginable and Twitter blew up with the realization that Ariana Grande surprised the world by dropping a brand new track titled, "thank u, next".
An ode to her exes, "thank u, next" is a heartily honest reflection of the current perspective Ariana has on her past relationships in wake of her ex Mac Miller's death and shortly after ending her tumultuous engagement with Pete Davidson. Finding herself going from being the talk of town to trying to find solace and peace in an abrupt hiatus, Grande has clearly being using this time to evolve and create music while treading through this very current, very public moment in her life.
"thank u, next" is anything but a diss track, honoring the affect different loves have had on her singing,
"One taught me love / One taught me patience / And one taught me pain / Now, I'm so amazing / 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 / Thank you, next (Next)"
Of course, initial media outlets who posted promptly after the song's release on Saturday made sure you knew that "Ariana Grande Name Drops Pete Davidson In Her New Song Post Engagement", but when breaking down the actual flow and style of "thank u, next", it's clear that Ms. Grande is already looking ahead, focusing in on her sound and how she can maintain and fully own her truth, unapologetically reminding everyone that she indeed does not need their permission in any way, shape, or form to feel, think, or just to be her fucking self.
Listen to Ariana Grande's triumphant "thank u, next" below: