Even though it’s only been six months since Ariana Grande released her last album, Sweetener, she already has her sights on a new album. The singer has said her next album, her fifth, will be Thank U, Next. The lead single, which bears the same name as the album, was released last November. In the song, the 25-year-old name-drops all of her exes, including the late Mac Miller, who died of an overdose last September, and Pete Davidson, with whom she enjoyed a five-month relationship and engagement that ended in October.
“Thank U, Next” was a hit, becoming the most-streamed song by a female artist in a 24-hour period and the fastest song in history to reach 100 million streams. She followed up that song with “Imagine,” which she released on December 14. This Friday, Grande will release her next single, "7 Rings," which she referenced in her "Thank U, Next" video. The song is reportedly based on a day spent with friends in NYC. "'Twas a pretty rough day in NYC. My friends took me to Tiffany's. We had too much Champagne. I bought us all rings. It was very insane and funny," she tweeted on December 1.
The Florida native seems to be extremely productive as of late, which seems to be an attempt to put the rough past couple of years she's had behind her. In the last two years, she’s endured a terrorist attack at one of her shows that claimed the lives of 23 fans, an engagement and subsequent break-up and the unexpected death of her ex-boyfriend of two years.
In a sneak peek of her video for “7 Rings,” we see Grande and her besties Vic, Courtney, Alexa, Tayla, Njomza and Kaydence wearing matching rings, celebrating the bonds of friendship. It’s possible that the singer has had enough relationship drama for a while and is focused on spending time with friends.
The singer is currently doing double-duty since she still hasn’t toured for her last album. The Sweetener World Tour will kick off on March 18 in Albany, New York. Grande will also headline Coachella the weekends of April 14 and April 21. Last year, she was named Woman of the Year by Billboard Magazine, though it seems like 2019 is destined to be her best year yet.