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In 2019, we left America’s darling, Ariana Grande, in mourning after the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Her album thank u, next was the first glimpse at her attempt to rebuild herself and its success confirmed her place as today’s leading pop star. On positions, we witness a woman that is beginning to overcome her grief. An artist who has long since swapped the image of a vulnerable singer with one an image that is stronger and overall, more optimistic. Her long-time producer and friend Tommy Brown, aka TBHits, worked on the album. It was Brown who encouraged her to explore new sounds that are still within the realms of pop but are more electronic and synthetic, like on motive (featuring Doja Cat), in which English influences are more prominent. Another big difference is the unbridled, explicit sensuality that can be heard on tracks like 34+35 (if you add the two numbers together, you get 69). She sings, "Can you stay up all night? / F*ck me 'til the daylight? / Thirty-four, thirty-five” and likewise on nasty, "Don't wanna wait on it / Tonight, I wanna get nasty”. Well, the message is certainly crystal clear. But positions, whose name is perhaps more ambiguous at first glance, is not just limited to that. It also falls within the candy-coated pop classicism genre, notably with off the table (featuring The Weeknd), which gives the impression she’s still working on herself from the line, “Will I ever love the same way again?”. Or on my hair, which showcases her ultrasound voice range in the middle of a track-list that doesn’t tend to flaunt her vocal techniques as much. Ariana Grande is no longer America’s darling little girl. She has become so much more, and she’s all the better for it. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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1
shut up Explicit
00:02:37

Michael Foster, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Travis Sayles, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Peter Lee Johnson, Producer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tayla Parx, ComposerLyricist - Mr. Franks, Producer, Additional Producer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Madison Calle, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
34+35 Explicit
00:02:53

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Victoria Monet, ComposerLyricist - Xavi, Producer, Co-Producer - Peter Lee Johnson, Producer, Strings, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tayla Parx, ComposerLyricist - Mr. Franks, Producer, Co-Producer - Albert Stanaj, ComposerLyricist - Courageous Xavier Herrera, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Scott Nicholson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
motive Explicit
00:02:47

Jeremy McIntyre, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Victoria Monet, ComposerLyricist - Doja Cat, MainArtist - Amala Zandile Dlamini, ComposerLyricist - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Murda Beatz, Producer, Bass, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Shane Lindstrom, ComposerLyricist - Mr. Franks, Producer, Co-Producer - Nija Charles, ComposerLyricist - Joseph L’Étranger, Producer, Co-Producer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
just like magic Explicit
00:02:29

Shea Taylor, Producer - Robert Shea Taylor, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Priscilla Renea Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Wood, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mr. Franks, Producer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
off the table
00:03:59

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry Hilera, Violin, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mario De Leon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Wirtz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ana Landauer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Richards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Samples, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - The Weeknd, MainArtist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Travis Sayles, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shintaro, Producer - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Abel Tesfaye, ComposerLyricist - Lorand Lokuszta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mr. Franks, Producer, Co-Producer - Shin Kamiyama, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ellen Jung, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Shintaro Yasuda, ComposerLyricist - Ashoka Thiagarajan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Ross Gadsworth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
six thirty Explicit
00:03:03

Shea Taylor, Producer - Robert Shea Taylor, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry Hilera, Violin, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mario De Leon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Wirtz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ana Landauer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Richards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Samples, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Priscilla Renea Hamilton, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Lorand Lokuszta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nami, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Lee Johnson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brandon Wood, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mr. Franks, Producer - Ellen Jung, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ashoka Thiagarajan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Ross Gadsworth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
safety net
00:03:28

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Rascals, Producer - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Tyrone Griffin, ComposerLyricist - Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, ComposerLyricist - Leon Thomas III, ComposerLyricist - Ty Dolla $ign, FeaturedArtist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Silas Doss, ComposerLyricist - Keys Open Doors, Producer, Additional Producer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
my hair
00:02:38

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Storch, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Charles Anderson, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Anthony M. Jones, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Victoria Monet, ComposerLyricist - Dammo Farmer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lee Johnson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Brendan Morawski, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Billy Hickey, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tayla Parx, ComposerLyricist - Sean Klein, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Keller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
nasty Explicit
00:03:20

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Rascals, Producer - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis Sayles, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Victoria Monet, ComposerLyricist - Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, ComposerLyricist - Leon Thomas III, ComposerLyricist - Nami, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sam Ricci, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
west side
00:02:12

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Victoria Monet, ComposerLyricist - Xavi, Producer - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Courageous Xavier Herrera, ComposerLyricist - Ammar Junedi, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
love language Explicit
00:02:59

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry Hilera, Violin, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mario De Leon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Wirtz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ana Landauer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Richards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Samples, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Travis Sayles, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Victoria Monet, ComposerLyricist - Lorand Lokuszta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kameron Glasper, ComposerLyricist - Tommy Parker, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tayla Parx, ComposerLyricist - Tarron Crayton, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ellen Jung, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ashoka Thiagarajan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Ross Gadsworth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
positions Explicit
00:02:52

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Killah B, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - James Jarvis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Lee Johnson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - London On Da Track, Producer - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - London Tyler Holmes, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mr. Franks, Producer - Nija Charles, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Angelina Barrett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
obvious Explicit
00:02:26

Ryan Tedder, ComposerLyricist - John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Travis Sayles, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, A&R - Peter Lee Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mr. Franks, Producer - Nija Charles, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Josh Conerly, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
pov
00:03:21

John Hanes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Serban Ghenea, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry Hilera, Violin, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Mario De Leon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Rodney Wirtz, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Brown, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Ana Landauer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Richards, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Samples, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ariana Grande, Engineer, Vocals, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Wendy Goldstein, Unknown, Other - Lorand Lokuszta, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Lee Johnson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Steven Franks, ComposerLyricist - Billy Hickey, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tayla Parx, Vocal Producer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mr. Franks, Producer - Ellen Jung, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ashoka Thiagarajan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Frid, ComposerLyricist - Oliver 'Junior' Frid, Producer - Kenneth Jarvis III, A&R - Ross Gadsworth, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

In 2019, we left America’s darling, Ariana Grande, in mourning after the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Her album thank u, next was the first glimpse at her attempt to rebuild herself and its success confirmed her place as today’s leading pop star. On positions, we witness a woman that is beginning to overcome her grief. An artist who has long since swapped the image of a vulnerable singer with one an image that is stronger and overall, more optimistic. Her long-time producer and friend Tommy Brown, aka TBHits, worked on the album. It was Brown who encouraged her to explore new sounds that are still within the realms of pop but are more electronic and synthetic, like on motive (featuring Doja Cat), in which English influences are more prominent. Another big difference is the unbridled, explicit sensuality that can be heard on tracks like 34+35 (if you add the two numbers together, you get 69). She sings, "Can you stay up all night? / F*ck me 'til the daylight? / Thirty-four, thirty-five” and likewise on nasty, "Don't wanna wait on it / Tonight, I wanna get nasty”. Well, the message is certainly crystal clear. But positions, whose name is perhaps more ambiguous at first glance, is not just limited to that. It also falls within the candy-coated pop classicism genre, notably with off the table (featuring The Weeknd), which gives the impression she’s still working on herself from the line, “Will I ever love the same way again?”. Or on my hair, which showcases her ultrasound voice range in the middle of a track-list that doesn’t tend to flaunt her vocal techniques as much. Ariana Grande is no longer America’s darling little girl. She has become so much more, and she’s all the better for it. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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