‘Thank U, Next’ Turns 1: Ariana Grande Says the Album ‘Quite Literally Saved Her Life’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ariana Grande arrives at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020

Singer-songwriter Ariana Grande isn’t any stranger to hardship. The demise of her ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, and her breakup from comic Pete Davidson got here across the identical time. And throughout all of this, she saved making music.

Ariana Grande arrives at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020
Ariana Grande arrives on the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020 | Steve Granitz/WireImage

The result of all that was her five-time Grammy-nominated album, Thank U, Next. And although it didn’t win massive on the awards present this yr, Grande could be very pleased with the album and the followers that helped it succeed. Read on to see what she wrote on the primary anniversary of its launch.

Ariana Grande’s album ‘Thank U, Next’ got here out one yr in the past

Grande launched her fourth album on August 17, 2018. It was very well-received, and earned the artist her first Grammy win in 2019. Less than a month after its launch, Miller handed away from a drug overdose. The subsequent month, Grande and Davidson cut up up.

Even with out all of that occurring, the everyday album cycle for a lot of artists is about two years. So think about how shocked Arianators have been to get the only “Thank U, Next” in Nov. 2018, adopted by the album of the identical title on Feb. 7, 2019.

What she’s mentioned about ‘Thank U, Next’

No doubt a whole lot of work went into the album. However, it was accomplished somewhat shortly. According to her friend and frequent collaborator, Victoria Monét, they recorded the album in solely two weeks. Given that Grande had initially deliberate to take a while off after Miller’s demise, that is much more spectacular.

After Thank U, Next went platinum (simply one among its many accomplishments), Grande took to social media to speak concerning the expertise. She mentioned that it “was quite hard” to make the album, although nonetheless referred to as it “fun at times.” Grande thanked her followers for encouraging her to “share and open up” about her ache.

Grande’s message to her followers on the anniversary

After her efficiency on the 2020 Grammy Awards, Grande declared the Thank U, Next period over. But she’s nonetheless trying again on the time fondly, as she selected to honor the second album’s first “birthday” with a social media post aimed toward — who else? — her followers.

The artist wrote, “Making this project with so many dear friends quite literally saved my life and gave me the courage to be vulnerable and honest with people.” She added that her followers made her “feel heard, safe, and incredibly human,” and that “it is nice (and so healing) to know I don’t have to hide behind a weird, polished pop star facade.”

What’s subsequent for the artist?

What comes after Thank U, Next? According to Grande, she’s “been writing and creating a lot lately” and he or she’s enthusiastic about “this new chapter,” however she’s not planning on releasing something simply but.

Fortunately, if you happen to’re actually lacking Grande, there’s some excellent news. She could be seen in an upcoming episode of the Showtime sequence Kidding. Grande visitor stars within the fifth episode of the second season, airing on Feb. 23, 2020. And within the meantime, you possibly can all the time maintain streaming Thank U, Next.

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