Ariana Grande - AG4 (2018 album)

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It's coming! --

She's also been posting little teasers on Instagram since the New Year.

I got heavily into her music around a year ago -- I've listened to her three albums exhaustively & repeatedly, sometimes on constant rotation (I also saw the tour). To say I am excited about the new one would be an understatement!

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 9 April 2018 21:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

I can't forgive her for licking those donuts.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 9 April 2018 23:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

LOL - I hear you, man...

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

is the stan twitter abbreviation for the album title necessary

dyl, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yes, it's the official Arianator designation (my hands are tied)!

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

(I am world's loneliest 40-something Arianator bro)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

While I've loved a lot of her music, I've never gotten a sense of who she actually is from it. Both the hilarious donut-licking situation and the way she dealt with Manchester show someone with a lot more to offer the world than vocal acrobatics over generic (albeit excellent) pop production and I hope this is the time where she finally shows she's more than just a big voice and high ponytail.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 09:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

Based on what folks involved are saying, sounds like you may get your wish! (see the quotes in this collection:

Btw – apparently the single and/or album are rumored to be titled “No Tears Left to Cry.”

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Sunday, 15 April 2018 04:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

One of her core strengths is her impeccable taste in material – IMO, there isn’t a “bad” song on her three main albums (including the bonus tracks on the Target Deluxe Editions). ...And, of course, many/most of the tracks are just fantastic.

So if she has been working a long time on winnowing down a bunch of new songs to the strongest possible 10-track album (as she says in one of those quotes), that speaks volumes about the expected quality!

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Sunday, 15 April 2018 05:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

FYI - this single is now rumored to drop this Friday (4/20).

- stan the man

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

she’s the best and I’m honestly really excited about hearing her new stuff

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Love this

kitchen person, Friday, 20 April 2018 04:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

It doesn't sound like "Toxic," but it reminds me of "Toxic" in that it's got a totally bizarre structure for a 21st century pop single.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 April 2018 04:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

It’s got a really distinctive sound. I can see this breaking up the flow of my average top40 radio session in the car very nicely (though it’s a little less packed with incident than I prefer for my big Pop Artist Rollout Singles) - certainly it’s a vastly better start to this album campaign than the title track of “Dangerous Woman” was.
Speaking of which, very clever of Camp Ariana to pivot from three straight albums of understated, black-and-white artwork with a polite, black-and-white cover that has a prismatic dash of rainbow across Ariana’s face. Says a lot without having to change a lot.

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Friday, 20 April 2018 04:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

i like this but it feels weird, i keep expecting it to really kick in at some point ie go harder with the breakbeat but it never does

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

The chorus is elegant, massive! (Also, is that a drum’n’bass beat(!)? Almost?)

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 20 April 2018 05:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

xpost yeah, it’s sort of a deconstructed anthem

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 20 April 2018 05:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp yeah it almost is but there's a few kicks missing, it's a strange feeling

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Like it gestures at being a club floor-filler but the vocal hook keeps tugging it back to earth

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 20 April 2018 05:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

A lock for Top 40 that sounds good and different. More of these please.

billstevejim, Friday, 20 April 2018 06:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah this is really good. surprised that they didn't go more anthemic on the chorus, like a usual single would - it's mostly just her lead vocal instead of the usual barrage of fuller synths, harder drums, and backing vocals - but the change is really refreshing

Vinnie, Friday, 20 April 2018 06:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

I almost love this but her diction is noticeably poor in the verses. I wouldn't say this sounds wildly different to what was in the UK top ten a few years ago but it suits her.

The part in the video where she takes her face off is really creepy!

boxedjoy, Friday, 20 April 2018 09:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is absolutely :)

you're my luger not my rifle (Noodle Vague), Friday, 20 April 2018 11:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

i don't fucking care she is on fire

you're my luger not my rifle (Noodle Vague), Friday, 20 April 2018 11:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think the DnB beat is reminiscent of early 00s pop, something that's almost completely gone now. JF, maybe this is part of why it reminds you of Toxic?

daavid, Friday, 20 April 2018 14:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Not a huge fan of the video. Kind of lazy references to Blade Runner and Inception. I liked the bit with the umbrellas, though.

daavid, Friday, 20 April 2018 14:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeah the video's a bit off, especially the weirdly lax lip syncing.

Simon H., Friday, 20 April 2018 14:40 (eight months ago) Permalink


Cortez the Self-Harmer (Noodle Vague), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

when she's caught in that starry spider's web it's like some Skyrim thing i'm on it

Cortez the Self-Harmer (Noodle Vague), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

this song is fantastic

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 20 April 2018 14:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don’t hear anything particularly like « Toxic » but it does have a Britney something at times.
Also the does sound a bit understated. It could bang a bit more. And have some stronger eurodance synth pads.
That said it’s a pretty good track !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

The beat does sound understated

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

my onnnnnly issue is her vocal production on the chorus, otherwise it's beautiful!

surm, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think it reminds me more of Britney’s « Break the ice » actually ! Still such a brilliant track btw...

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

umm break the ice is the closest pop equivalent to Mozart i've heard in a long time btw

surm, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

never forget.

surm, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

“we’re on another mentality”

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just played it 3 times on the bounce on teh bus. Amazing

i know kore-eda (or something), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

It’s a full-length song that almost feels too short (in a good way, leaves you wanting more). Feels like it could keep rolling several more minutes as it builds and then suddenly stops.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

Kind of a false ending but that's another one of its multiple virtues

Cortez the Self-Harmer (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

i dig it. reminds me a little of 1 thing by amerie but in a lower register

you bet, nancy (map), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

this one's going to be about the remixes imo

you bet, nancy (map), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

it's going to be a huge club anthem

you bet, nancy (map), Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:57 (eight months ago) Permalink


Cortez the Self-Harmer (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of her best songs so far. agreed re: its remix potential

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is really cool. her last few lead singles have been very broad/obvious, and this one goes to some unexpected places

J0rdan S., Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

I specifically said above that it doesn't sound like "Toxic" at all, but that it calls "Toxic" to mind in that it's a really ambitious and left field approach to what will ostensibly be a hit to some degree. iow we are now officially in the Ariana empirical phase.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

Stupid phone. *imperial

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

Actually I think it sounds like a (very good) demo !
There’s something unfinished about it.

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 8, 2018

too busy or too stoned (morrisp), Thursday, 8 November 2018 22:10 (two months ago) Permalink

that "mmmah mmmah yeah" part she does 2/3rds of the way thru breathin' <- i'm dead

alpine static, Friday, 9 November 2018 17:13 (two months ago) Permalink

i guess Genius says she's singing "my air" so ... w/e

alpine static, Friday, 9 November 2018 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Number 1 in the uk. Her first since Problem in 2014 astonishingly.

piscesx, Friday, 9 November 2018 18:10 (two months ago) Permalink

does anyone have the vinyl for this? and if so, is the clean versions?

i bought vinyl from Amazon and they sent me clean mp3s. i can't imagine the vinyl is clean, is it?

alpine static, Saturday, 10 November 2018 07:57 (two months ago) Permalink

shaping up to be a huge hit stateside too. personally i don't understand the appeal

dyl, Saturday, 10 November 2018 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

it’s the right song at the right time

too busy or too stoned (morrisp), Saturday, 10 November 2018 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

xp whatever one thinks of it, it's undeniably unique subject matter / POV for a pop song - a rare thing - I totally get its appeal on that alone + it is very much of the moment

flappy bird, Saturday, 10 November 2018 22:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I love this song and that Ellen performance is so endearing.

monotony, Saturday, 10 November 2018 22:04 (two months ago) Permalink

so nice to see a little perfect bubblegum pop coming back around after a few years of nothing but drivel, not to mention its sincerity <3

meaulnes, Sunday, 11 November 2018 02:08 (two months ago) Permalink


dyl, Sunday, 11 November 2018 02:18 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s now her first-ever #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

too busy or too stoned (morrisp), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 02:50 (two months ago) Permalink

thank u, next

flappy bird, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:09 (two months ago) Permalink

I just saw the ellen performance : it's great and so fresh and alive (the misstep, dance moves, laughters...).
regarding the track, I like the "hiii" she does a couple of times, right at the end.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:22 (two months ago) Permalink

just browsed several pieces of writing about this tune and am annoyed that it appears to be more frequently often described as "synth pop" and "pure pop" (?? blech) than anything else. if any r&b 'influence' is acknowledged it tends to be mentioned in passing wrt production -- no mention whatsoever of her delivery or cadence. like, hello?! the triplet verses? the punctutated 1e--2e--3e-- delivery of the chorus's final line? have any of these writers turned on an 'urban' radio station for the past 5 years?

dyl, Saturday, 17 November 2018 19:48 (two months ago) Permalink

it was also described as "bubblegum pop" upthread and supposedly a reprieve from the 'drivel' that has been successful on the charts lately (presumably rap music) so maybe it is instead i who is not seeing something. any help?

dyl, Saturday, 17 November 2018 19:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Nah, it’s totally R&B-“influenced”... that’s partly why it’s such a big hit, IMO

my guitar friend wants his money (morrisp), Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

if a black artist recorded it it would be simply described as "r&b", no influence invoked or assumed. so i agree! but the number of people who seem to have failed to notice or are otherwise ignoring or downplaying this fact is worryingly high. (it's also possible that the articles i browsed were not representative and that all my hand-wringing is senseless.)

dyl, Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

It is rnb but the most pop/mainstream side of it maybe (it reminds me of early 90s rnb/pop hits)

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:10 (two months ago) Permalink

maybe my vernacular of bubblegum wasnt so appropriate. i just meant that its light, breezy, fun, simple and memorable in the same way songs like 'call me maybe' were - not abrasive, maximalist and full of millenial whoops.

meaulnes, Saturday, 17 November 2018 20:56 (two months ago) Permalink

the "My Boo" progression

billstevejim, Monday, 19 November 2018 07:16 (one month ago) Permalink

The much-anticipated (and -teased) video has premiered:

very legal & very cool (morrisp), Friday, 30 November 2018 20:18 (one month ago) Permalink

this is very nice but unfortunately the ellen performance is still the official video

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 30 November 2018 20:20 (one month ago) Permalink

cute video!

dyl, Saturday, 1 December 2018 03:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah the video is silly and cute but the Ellen performance is the shit !

AlXTC from Paris, Saturday, 1 December 2018 07:00 (one month ago) Permalink

just got around to the ellen performance, it is indeed very endearing!

niels, Sunday, 2 December 2018 10:48 (one month ago) Permalink

really don't like the trans gag character in the thank u next video

ufo, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 06:40 (one month ago) Permalink

I was looking up Ariana Grande guitar chords (I don’t have a guitar) and discovered the chords to “Pete Davidson” are just BAE over and over and I can’t believe I just wrote the Da Vinci Code

— Grace Barry (@gracelbarry) December 6, 2018

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Monday, 10 December 2018 01:23 (one month ago) Permalink


niels, Monday, 10 December 2018 17:09 (one month ago) Permalink

A new single titled "Imagine" drops tonite, fam

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s some next-level shit, y’all !

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Friday, 14 December 2018 05:11 (one month ago) Permalink

"imagine" is pretty nice, especially the ending section - it's better than most of sweetener

guessing a christmas album release? that feels like something she'd do

ufo, Friday, 14 December 2018 05:27 (one month ago) Permalink

as in the album gets a surprise christmas release rather than she's recording a christmas album lol

ufo, Friday, 14 December 2018 05:28 (one month ago) Permalink

I know I’m prone to hyperbole ITT; but I feel like this year we’ve seen an already extraordinary artist just “come into her own”... she’s totally in the pocket, every release feels like a minor revelation. I can think of only a few rough analogies — witnessing an artist this perfectly in the zone — in my lifetime of music fandom. I’m so happy to be here for it.

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Friday, 14 December 2018 06:03 (one month ago) Permalink

both "imagine" and "thank u next" are better than anything on Sweetener except the lead single

boxedjoy, Friday, 14 December 2018 09:41 (one month ago) Permalink

"imagine" def not as effortlessly good as "thank u next" but im just rly happy to hear her over some good production that is not pharrell or max martin

J0rdan S., Friday, 14 December 2018 15:52 (one month ago) Permalink

I've listened to "Imagine" a couple of times.
I don't find it particularly good so far (and not better than some Sweetener tracks).
But I'll certainly give it more time. Maybe it'll grow.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 14 December 2018 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

"imagine" isn't a smash but kind of revelatory for me as someone who's been listening awhile to hear her release a very good song that isn't straining itself to be a smash

i would contrast with "god is a woman" which to me sounds like it's contorting itself into some truly grotesque shapes in order to go bigger and wider with each second that passes, by the end it's mike teevee at the end of charlie & the chocolate factory, towering overhead but so thin and wobbly that a slight gust of wind might knock it to the ground

"imagine" is much looser, more natural, more listenable, more recognizably human

i knew her music would get a lot better once she left max behind, i just never imagined it would happen so quickly

james brooks, Friday, 14 December 2018 18:02 (one month ago) Permalink

y’all and your backhanded compliments, lol...

I need to find or establish some kind of community of like-minded individuals... maybe I’ll hand out my card to other adult dudes when I see her perform at Staples in May.

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:35 (one month ago) Permalink

I ordered pad thai tonite in honor of this song

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Catch her performance on Fallon last night? It was tight

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Thursday, 20 December 2018 03:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

she turned down a damehood, respec!

calzino, Sunday, 30 December 2018 16:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Driving Drone for Christmas (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 30 December 2018 17:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thank u, yes!

side a - thank u, next
side b - imagine
vinyl available now

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 3, 2019

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Thursday, 3 January 2019 03:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

how often do major-label pop artists release singles as 45s, i wonder

dyl, Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

**breaking** she’s headlining night 3 of Coachella (both weekends)

underqualified backing vocalist (morrisp), Thursday, 3 January 2019 04:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink also Lollapalooza (rumored).

new single, “7 Rings,” out Friday:

indeeeed. but i guess thank u, next is more vulnerable and gentle lol. seven rings is jus like ..... a flex. friendship anthem. how the homies WANT u to feel. what the ‘thank u next’ energy evolves into while embracing a new chapter (even tho both moods /energies are v present).

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 13, 2019

i stan corrected (morrisp), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 04:36 (two days ago) Permalink

meanwhile, check out my sweet ebay score that arrived today (direct from overseez):

i stan corrected (morrisp), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:26 (two days ago) Permalink

POPS BEST 1000, y’all #reeemixxxx

i stan corrected (morrisp), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:27 (two days ago) Permalink

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