Ariana Grande is the pop princess of our generation. She hit the mainstream in 2010 with her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious. She released her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013. Since, she’s taken pop by storm and has smashed through the glass ceiling to the top of the charts.
I will admit, I am not an Ariana Grande fan. She’s incredibly popular and I really don’t mind her; I don’t have a strong opinion either way. In attempting to not sound too pretentious, I don’t pay much attention to pop music or the scene, nor do I care for it. Despite that, I can’t escape the buzz of Ariana Grande. All of my newsfeeds are scattered with gossip and news regarding her. This has been a constant since her emergence on the music scene.
Ariana Grande has had a heck of a year. On May 22, 2017, one of her concerts in Manchester, England was the target of a terrorist attack. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive, leaving 23 dead. In September of this year, her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, died of an accidental overdose. Last month, she split from her fiancee, Pete Davidson. It goes without saying that in the last 18 months, Ariana Grande has experienced enough tragedy for a lifetime. Yet, she persists.
Her most recent release, “thank u, next,” is a beautiful, upbeat breakup anthem. Released only three weeks after her split from Davidson, the track addresses all of her exes. She name-drops three of them, a bold move in my opinion. The sentiment of the song is one of growth, forgiveness and learning from those who may have hurt you.
In the chorus, she says, “I’m so f***ing grateful for my ex.” This is not a common thing to hear, especially in our generation. I’m a huge advocate for being friends with exes, after some healing and time, of course. I think learning from those who you once loved (or even liked) is extremely important and a very mature route to take. It’s refreshing to hear a song about this. Coming from Grande, someone who has been through more than many could bear, it’s incredibly touching. I want to find out who her therapist is and see if they’re taking any new patients.
My favorite lines in the whole song are “Plus, I met someone else / We havin' 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.” I get goosebumps every time I hear it. Everyone says, “No one can love you until you love yourself,” which is reasonable, but easier said than done. After all the pain, she’s choosing to learn from herself and about herself. The simplicity and nonchalance in which she states this is so beautiful and again, refreshing to hear.
“thank u, next,” holds a beat and melody that Destiny’s Child would respect. The whole song is a masterpiece and reminds us we should be grateful for those who come into our lives, even when they leave. Go listen to it and dance.
Thank u, Ari.