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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | Republic Records

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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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Pop - Released November 3, 2018 | Republic Records

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The hyperactive Ariana Grande is back with thank u, next, just seven months after the release of Sweetener. And, most importantly, following the fatal overdose of British rapper Mac Miller, her ex-boyfriend. With this title, following a brief romance with comedian Pete Davidson, Ariana reinforces her image as a strong woman, despite her young age (25 years old) and her career’s past hardships. Pop music caramelised with some R&B, the twelve tracks of this fifth album − produced to perfection by Tommy Brown − forthrightly lift the veil on her former relationships. With her four-octave voice, the mini Mariah Carey, also known as Ari, is walking in the footsteps of Mimi in the 1990s and 2000s, and it shows (NASA)! And for a whiff of soul, she even dares sample Wendy Rene’s soul-crushing After Laughter (“After laughter comes tears”) on fake smile and adds the perfect amount of brass on bloodline. Shattering streaming records, the pop star knows how to surround herself and even co-wrote thank u, next with Victoria Monét. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Pop - Released May 20, 2016 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released August 17, 2018 | Republic Records

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With her second album My Everything, Ariana Grande already made a clean sweep of awards in 2014. Four years later, now 25 years old, she seems more comfortable than ever on Sweetener, a multi-textured pop album. The young woman, who had a tendency to lose herself in weeping lyrical musings, has found a new path on which she’s able to lay out her strong personality. Behind her angelic face hides a fierce predator, capable of venturing onto risky territories. She doesn’t appear unfazed by Pharrell Williams on their retro 90’s duo Blazed. Ariana Grande knows how to take her rightful place, even with the queen Nicki Minaj, who confronted her in a hip-hop test (The Light Is Coming). With REM and God Is a Woman, there is no longer any doubt. The young singer blurs boundaries and expands her musical field to the point of embodying a goddess. But the charm of Ariana Grande is the ease and humility with which she plays with her various facets. Kitsch and romantic, intense and funny, Sweetener is without a doubt the album that resembles her the most, by its fantasy, and the fact that she composed ten out of the fifteen tracks or so. As a confirmed singer-songwriter, Grande now joins the next level with a solid album, but not as experimental and scattered as her previous ones. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | Republic Records

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Months before the February 2019 release of thank u, next, Ariana Grande told Billboard she wanted to "put out music in the way a rapper does," meaning that she didn't want to be beholden to the strict release schedule of a pop singer. She wanted to release singles and albums as quickly as she recorded them, a modus operandi that seemed sensible when she delivered an album as vibrant as thank u, next, but when the album is as monochromatic as its swift sequel Positions, it's questionable. Grande designed Positions as mood music -- specifically, it's a soundtrack for long nights of sex. None of the glitz of "7 Rings" can be heard here, nor is there a sense of mischief. Positions is single-minded in its pursuit of carnality, an album devoted to Grande singing dirty over elastic, erotic slow jams. Her lyrics are often explicit, causing a slight tension with her vocals, which are always controlled and very rarely given to moments of sensuality; she never seems quite as carnal as the words she's singing. This cool, reserved vibe doesn't necessarily sabotage Grande's intent, as it does help maintain the mood. Such an intense, sustained focus does mean Positions succeeds in sounding sexy, but it doesn't do much outside of that: apart from the title track, few songs stand out individually, the rhythm and productions are all painted in shades of grey, and Grande disappears into the setting of her own design. Maybe this is the entire point of Positions -- it's meant to be sex music, nothing more, nothing less -- but the swift succession of albums suggests that Grande may be better off slowing her creative process down just enough to help sculpt the album into a soundtrack that has an ebb and flow instead of a single sustained thrum. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Released December 23, 2019 | Republic Records

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Pop princess Ariana Grande has had a tough couple of years. Since the Manchester concert of her tour promoting her album Dangerous Woman was the target of a terrorist attack in May 2017, and the fatal overdose of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller at the same time as her highly publicised engagement and subsequent separation with American comedian Pete Davidson the following year, the star has consistently been the subject of attention in the world’s press. Yet just as consistent has been the superb calibre of the music she has released during this tumultuous time. Sweetener, released in August 2018 and thank u, next released just seven months later are masterclasses in overcoming personal hardship, as Grande delivers her most powerful and empowering tracks to date. k bye for now (swt live) is a live album recorded over the course of her 2019 Sweetener tour which promoted her latest two albums. Ariana is an example of professionalism throughout: her unmatched soaring vocals are flawless on every song, with riffs and harmonies galore (her range is out of this world). Her sweet and gentle interactions with the crowds as well as her unwavering enthusiasm endear her to both the listener and the audience, especially considering the last eighteen months. In an hour and a half, she and her brilliant band take us through a programme of her latest and biggest silky pop-R&B hymns such as God is a Woman, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored and 7 rings, with a few old favourites (Break Free, Break Your Heart Right Back) peppered in for good measure. This live album is a perfect way to hear Ariana Grande at her strongest, as she ends 2019 (finally) on a high. © Christopher Steele/Qobuz
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Pop - Released May 8, 2020 | Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber Stuck With U- Charity

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Ambient/New Age - Released November 24, 2014 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released September 3, 2013 | Universal Records

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The debut album from Ariana Grande, 2013's Yours Truly, is a surprisingly sophisticated and unique showcase for the Nickelodeon sitcom star's soulful R&B vocals. As the character Cat Valentine on several Nickelodeon television shows including I Carly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat, Grande developed a huge fan following and the expectations were high for her debut album. Three years in the making and held up by numerous delays, Yours Truly lives up to those expectations. Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Yours Truly is an impeccably engineered affair. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a better platform for Grande's voice. A resonant singer gifted with a lithe affinity for both high-energy melisma and gentle balladry, Grande often brings to mind the intonations of Mariah Carey. Of course, with Edmonds at the helm, along with a bevy of commercially minded songwriters, the Carey comparisons are unavoidable and most likely intentional. Thankfully, Grande has the chops to pull it off, and Yours Truly makes the most of her talent. To these ends, tracks like the opening "Honeymoon Avenue," with its sophisticated orchestral intro, and the bright and funky "You'll Never Know" sound like lost early-'90s R&B hits. Though Grande has the talent to carry the album on her own steam, several tracks team her with guest performers, including the single "The Way," which features rapper Mac Miller; "Right There" with Big Sean; and "Popular Song," featuring Mika. Ultimately, cuts like "Baby I" and the jazz-inflected showstopper "Almost Is Never Enough," featuring the Wanted's Nathan Sykes, are bravura pop recordings that bring to mind the best of the '90s and of now. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Ambient/New Age - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | Republic Records

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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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Pop - Released September 3, 2013 | Universal Records

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The debut album from Ariana Grande, 2013's Yours Truly, is a surprisingly sophisticated and unique showcase for the Nickelodeon sitcom star's soulful R&B vocals. As the character Cat Valentine on several Nickelodeon television shows including I Carly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat, Grande developed a huge fan following and the expectations were high for her debut album. Three years in the making and held up by numerous delays, Yours Truly lives up to those expectations. Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Yours Truly is an impeccably engineered affair. In fact, one would be hard-pressed to find a better platform for Grande's voice. A resonant singer gifted with a lithe affinity for both high-energy melisma and gentle balladry, Grande often brings to mind the intonations of Mariah Carey. Of course, with Edmonds at the helm, along with a bevy of commercially minded songwriters, the Carey comparisons are unavoidable and most likely intentional. Thankfully, Grande has the chops to pull it off, and Yours Truly makes the most of her talent. To these ends, tracks like the opening "Honeymoon Avenue," with its sophisticated orchestral intro, and the bright and funky "You'll Never Know" sound like lost early-'90s R&B hits. Though Grande has the talent to carry the album on her own steam, several tracks team her with guest performers, including the single "The Way," which features rapper Mac Miller; "Right There" with Big Sean; and "Popular Song," featuring Mika. Ultimately, cuts like "Baby I" and the jazz-inflected showstopper "Almost Is Never Enough," featuring the Wanted's Nathan Sykes, are bravura pop recordings that bring to mind the best of the '90s and of now. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Pop - Released December 23, 2019 | Republic Records

Pop princess Ariana Grande has had a tough couple of years. Since the Manchester concert of her tour promoting her album Dangerous Woman was the target of a terrorist attack in May 2017, and the fatal overdose of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller at the same time as her highly publicised engagement and subsequent separation with American comedian Pete Davidson the following year, the star has consistently been the subject of attention in the world’s press. Yet just as consistent has been the superb calibre of the music she has released during this tumultuous time. Sweetener, released in August 2018 and thank u, next released just seven months later are masterclasses in overcoming personal hardship, as Grande delivers her most powerful and empowering tracks to date. k bye for now (swt live) is a live album recorded over the course of her 2019 Sweetener tour which promoted her latest two albums. Ariana is an example of professionalism throughout: her unmatched soaring vocals are flawless on every song, with riffs and harmonies galore (her range is out of this world). Her sweet and gentle interactions with the crowds as well as her unwavering enthusiasm endear her to both the listener and the audience, especially considering the last eighteen months. In an hour and a half, she and her brilliant band take us through a programme of her latest and biggest silky pop-R&B hymns such as God is a Woman, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored and 7 rings, with a few old favourites (Break Free, Break Your Heart Right Back) peppered in for good measure. This live album is a perfect way to hear Ariana Grande at her strongest, as she ends 2019 (finally) on a high. © Christopher Steele/Qobuz
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Pop - Released August 25, 2014 | Universal Records

When My Everything arrived as the summer of 2014 drew to a close, it was clear that Ariana Grande was poised to be the reigning pop diva of the mid-decade. Possessed with greater vocal chops than any of her peers -- her effortless runs revealed the limitations of Katy Perry and Rihanna -- she luxuriated in her debt to Mariah Carey on her 2013 debut Yours Truly, working mainly with Babyface to re-create the vibe and feel of the '90s. On My Everything, Grande takes a decisive step into the future, breaking away from Babyface so she can bring in a host of modern producers -- Max Martin, Shellback, David Guetta, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, and Pop & Oak among them -- not to mention a parade of guest stars highlighted by Iggy Azalea, A$AP Ferg, the Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Zedd, and Big Sean. All this suggests Grande is resolved to inhabit her time, which is true. She remains anchored in '90s soul on My Everything -- and it's hard to deny her love of Mariah, although Ariana rarely indulges in the high-flying melisma that's her idol's specialty -- but there are serious EDM flourishes and a facility with hip-hop, something that's showcased via the countless cameos that eat up the midsection of the album. With the exception of Iggy swooping in on "Problem" or the Weeknd on "Love Me Harder," these cameos are often used as flair -- not dissimilar to the washes of analog synths, the "I'm Coming Out" sample on "Break Your Heart Right Back," or stuttering EDM beats -- on songs that keep the focus on the melodies Grande delivers with exacting grace. Ultimately, this emphasis on song is to the benefit of My Everything. Perhaps Grande doesn't overwhelm the songs the way an old-fashioned diva would, but she functions as a likeable pop ringleader, stepping aside when the track calls for it and then unleashing a full-throated wail when it's her time to shine. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Released August 17, 2018 | Republic Records

With her second album My Everything, Ariana Grande already made a clean sweep of awards in 2014. Four years later, now 25 years old, she seems more comfortable than ever on Sweetener, a multi-textured pop album. The young woman, who had a tendency to lose herself in weeping lyrical musings, has found a new path on which she’s able to lay out her strong personality. Behind her angelic face hides a fierce predator, capable of venturing onto risky territories. She doesn’t appear unfazed by Pharrell Williams on their retro 90’s duo Blazed. Ariana Grande knows how to take her rightful place, even with the queen Nicki Minaj, who confronted her in a hip-hop test (The Light Is Coming). With REM and God Is a Woman, there is no longer any doubt. The young singer blurs boundaries and expands her musical field to the point of embodying a goddess. But the charm of Ariana Grande is the ease and humility with which she plays with her various facets. Kitsch and romantic, intense and funny, Sweetener is without a doubt the album that resembles her the most, by its fantasy, and the fact that she composed ten out of the fifteen tracks or so. As a confirmed singer-songwriter, Grande now joins the next level with a solid album, but not as experimental and scattered as her previous ones. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Ambient/New Age - Released December 18, 2015 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released February 1, 2019 | Republic Records

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Pop - Released August 2, 2019 | Republic Records

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Pop - Released October 30, 2015 | Universal Records

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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | Republic Records

Months before the February 2019 release of thank u, next, Ariana Grande told Billboard she wanted to "put out music in the way a rapper does," meaning that she didn't want to be beholden to the strict release schedule of a pop singer. She wanted to release singles and albums as quickly as she recorded them, a modus operandi that seemed sensible when she delivered an album as vibrant as thank u, next, but when the album is as monochromatic as its swift sequel Positions, it's questionable. Grande designed Positions as mood music -- specifically, it's a soundtrack for long nights of sex. None of the glitz of "7 Rings" can be heard here, nor is there a sense of mischief. Positions is single-minded in its pursuit of carnality, an album devoted to Grande singing dirty over elastic, erotic slow jams. Her lyrics are often explicit, causing a slight tension with her vocals, which are always controlled and very rarely given to moments of sensuality; she never seems quite as carnal as the words she's singing. This cool, reserved vibe doesn't necessarily sabotage Grande's intent, as it does help maintain the mood. Such an intense, sustained focus does mean Positions succeeds in sounding sexy, but it doesn't do much outside of that: apart from the title track, few songs stand out individually, the rhythm and productions are all painted in shades of grey, and Grande disappears into the setting of her own design. Maybe this is the entire point of Positions -- it's meant to be sex music, nothing more, nothing less -- but the swift succession of albums suggests that Grande may be better off slowing her creative process down just enough to help sculpt the album into a soundtrack that has an ebb and flow instead of a single sustained thrum. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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  • Ariana Grande: Positions
    Ariana Grande: Positions 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 it...
  • Bye for now, Ariana
    Bye for now, Ariana The American pop megastar ended 2019 with this live album, recorded over the course of her latest tour.
  • Ariana Grande: thank u, next
    Ariana Grande: thank u, next The hyperactive Ariana Grande is back with thank u, next, just seven months after the release of Sweetener. And, most importantly, following the fatal overdose of British rapper Mac Miller, her ex-...