Ariana Grande famously proclaims herself to be “so f*cking grateful” for her ex on viral chart sensation, “thank u, next.” Grande, however, now has a lot more to be thankful for, aside from the sagacity that post-breakup introspection allows. The day’s reigning pop queen recently transcended “Grammy nominee” status, to secure a coveted golden statue for “Best Pop Album” for Sweetener. Prior to winning the first Grammy of her career, Grande gave Coachella the green light when the chic California affair offered her a headlining slot for the event’s 2019 iteration. Grande made history in her acceptance of Coachella 2019 headlining duties, becoming the youngest headliner in the festival’s history.
Grande’s list of accomplishments tumbles on as Grande sets yet another record, this one previously held by The Beatles. Grande is the first artist in 55 years to have productions concurrently occupying the first, second, and third spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her thank u, nextalbum inclusions “7 rings,” “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” and “thank u, next,” fill the consecutive chart positions. Grande is only the second artist in the Hot 100’s 60-year existence to simultaneously occupy the number one, two, and three spaces on the chart, and the first since John, Paul, George, and Ringo achieved the same feat in 1964.
Coachella‘s soon-to-be youngest headliner ever, Ariana Grande has delivered an expedient succession to her Sweetener album, released August of 2018.
The 12-track Thank u next, which includes the album’s wall-to-wall eponymous lead single and equally sensational “7 rings,” is out now on Republic Records. The album is a stylistic departure for Grande, as she continues her delve into more pronounced hip-hop accents, with trap beats galore and Grande’s rap-singing on a number of tracks. Her most emotionally charged work to date, the listener gets a front seat as Grande mourns, forgives (but doesn’t forget), and reflects on her circuitous relationship history, most recently her breakup with Saturday Night Live comic, Pete Davidson.
The release is accompanied by the official music video for “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” the album’s concluding track. So far, two of the tracks from thank u, next have eclipsed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100: “7 rings” and “thank u, next.” While Grande may be flaunting her newfound onto-the-next-one attitude, her thickly layered latest album demands full engrossment from its listeners throughout its duration.
According to Variety, Ariana Grande will not be performing or attending the Grammy Awards this year. HITS reported that she made this decision after a friction with the Grammy producers over creative control. She wanted to perform her new No. 1 Billboard charter, “7 Rings,” and the creatives at the Grammys were looking for something different. Variety also noted that these creative restrictions were not imposed on the other performers.
The drama is similar to that of Lorde’s last year, where she wasn’t allowed her to perform a single from her Album of the Year-nominated Melodrama.
Grande’s new album, thank u, next, will be released Friday, Feb. 8, and the Grammys are taking place on Sunday, Feb. 10, adding to competitive fire. The pop icon is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance (“God Is a Woman”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Sweetener), missing spots in the Album of the Year and Record of the Year categories.
The expression goes “strike while the iron is hot,” but one has to wonder if Ariana Grande‘s proverbial iron is ever anything but. With an illustrious headlining slot at Coachella, and her newfound status as the youngest artist to ever headline the posh California affair, not to mention a YouTube record for the most-viewed video on the platform within a 24-hour window, following the release of the cinematically inspired visual for “thank u, next,” Grande continues to not only strike, but hit her targets.
Next up? Grande’s 12-track LP that shares the name of its lead single, thank u, next. The album follows the August 2018 arrival of sweetener, a bubbly, dreamy offering, and, notably, Grande’s fourth studio production. Slated to drop just ahead of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 8, thank u, next is proof of just how much Grande hearts her fans, seeing that the album will be Grande’s second in a six-month period. Spotify shared the the track list for thank u, next ahead of the album’s release, and as to be expected, the track list alone affirms Grande’s growth from pop princess to badass queen thereof.
thank u, next includes the previously releases singles, “7 rings,” “imagine,” and the eponymous “thank u, next.” Nine unheard album inclusions meanwhile round out the track list, like “NASA” and, one sure to raise some eyebrows when it makes its full-length debut, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.”
Still riding the ravaging momentum of her worldwide “thank u, next” success, Ariana Grande isn’t done flaunting her independence as an artist, and as a woman. The sweetener singer has just released a lavish visual for her most recent track, “7 rings,” a contemporary, hip-hop-indebted pastiche of the The Sound of Music classic, “My Favorite Things.”
The video, touting a pink monochromatic color scheme (down to the gleaming lip gloss), follows Grande through a decadent all-girl house party. Grande is dripping in diamonds as she rap-sings about what she can afford or manifest for herself, which is, well, pretty much anything. Between shattering a YouTube record for most plays within a 24-hour period with the video for “thank u, next,” securing a slot at Coachella as the youngest headliner in the festival’s history, and queuing up a new album, Grande has plenty to boast about.
You’d be hard pressed to find another pop star currently having a bigger moment than Ariana Grande. Through last year’s trials and tribulations, facing extreme lows and climbing to equally extreme highs, Ariana Grande has emerged in 2019 as one of the most in-demand musicians in the world, and she’s making all the right moves as she continues to ride the wave she’s on. Following a quick swoop in to a headlining slot at Coachella after Kanye West’s grandiose demands forced talks to fall through, the Sweetener singer has also reportedly been tapped to headline this year’s edition of Lollapalooza.
Varietyreports that Grande has been in talks with the Chicago festival for considerably longer than her Coachella negotiations took, and as a result, has already begun rescheduling dates on her current Sweetener World Tour to accommodate her high profile festival bookings. 2018 may have seemed like the year of Ariana Grande, but two weeks in to the new year and it looks like Grande has 2019 firmly under her thumb too. Expect an official announcement in the coming weeks.
Tickets for Coachella‘s 2019 edition flew off the virtual shelves within hours — even minutes! — of going on sale.
The iconic California festival’s first weekend, slated for April 12-14, sold out of its general admission tickets in just 40 minutes, with tickets for weekend two (April 19-21) following shortly after. Six hours after going public, all Coachella passes were entirely sold out. The past two years, tickets sold out within three hours.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is back to dominating the headlines thanks to an all-encompassing, star-abundant collection of artists who will be performing at the 2019 iteration of the Indio, CA-based music festival. The next chapter of the legendary soiree has not met the media’s gaze without its fair share of controversy, mainly Kanye West dropping out of the lineup due to what he recently referred to as “artistically limiting” stage design.
On a brighter note, 2019 will be the first year fans will be able to live stream the festival for both weekend one and two. In previous years, fans were limited to the festival’s first weekend exclusively for streaming capabilities. Now fans across the world will be able to watch back-to-back weekends of acts including DJ Snake, Kayzo, Bassnectar, Ariana Grande, and more. The live streaming for Coachella 2019 commences the first weekend, April 12th-14th, rolling all the way through to the next, which spans April 19th-21st.
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The festival’s full billing includes a large number of mainstream dance acts. DJ Snake, Diplo, Bassnectar, Four Tet, and more all land top of the billing. Coachella will run for two back-to-back weekends in mid-April. The first weekend of Coachella 2019 will take place from April 12 to 14, while the second will run from April 19 through April 21. The festival will return to its home at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Passes will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. PT /2 p.m. ET.
Between LSD, Major Lazer, Silk City, and Diplo‘s solo endeavors, Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. is second to none when it comes to an exhaustive amount of creative output through multiple projects that have yielded chart-topping hits in 2018. The California producer recently took to Instagram to showcase his year end review, which includes a collage of over 30 releases he has put out over the course of 2018. Of course, the producer’s year end review was not without an additional post teasing what is to come from him in 2019 as well.
In a new post featuring Walshy Fire and Latin pop superstar J Balvin, Diplo captions, “We got something very big planned for 2019 @jbalvin @majorlazer.” Colombian singer J Balvin has become one of the most streamed artists in the world, and he has taken the American pop scene by storm having collaborated with the likes of Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Ariana Grande, and even David Guetta.
Should Major Lazer link up with J Balvin in 2019, it would not be their first collaboration, having previously released “Buscando Huellas” with Jay Sean and a “Lean On” remix together. It is left to be seen what language the impending collaboration will be in or what genre it might turn out to be, but with Major Lazer potentially calling it quits in 2019, this certainly gives fans something to look forward to in the new year.