Sound the dang alarm because Ariana Grande is back, baby!
According to an anonymous source “close to the situation,” Variety reports the first new song from AG since her third studio album back in 2016, Dangerous Woman, will drop Friday, April 27. Apparently the track is a collaboration between her and mega-producers Max Martin (Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift), Savan Kotecha (longtime Ari collaborator, but also One Direction, Jessie J, The Weeknd), and Pharrell Williams (you know him). The song, title currently unknown, is said to be “deeply personal” and “inspired by her experiences over the past two years.” Whatever the case, I’m just happy our donut-lickin’ hero is back, y’all.
While nothing has been confirmed (yet—we’ve reached out to representatives for Ariana Grande and will update this post if we hear back) the last two years of Grande’s public life have seen both ideological and progressive seismic shifts the anonymous source could be referring to. Of the former: She’s been in a committed relationship with rapper Mac Miller for two years, and she’s become much more vocal in her feminist beliefs. Of the latter: An explosion at her concert in Manchester in 2017 killed 22 and injured at least 59, inspiring her to organize an incredible benefit concert in the British town and perhaps informing her political decisions as of late—just last month, Grande performed in Washington, D.C. as a gesture of solidarity with March for Our Lives. She’s certainly lived a lot, and it’ll be interesting to see how that manifests in new music. Until then, mark your calendars.
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