Ariana is teasing her new album all over social media. Last night, she posted the cover art for her new album on Twitter at 11:45 pm, and her track list on Instagram. The album, which will be available for pre-order tomorrow, will be officially released on February 8, right before Valentine’s Day.
The new album, titled Thank You, Next, seems to channel a lot of the emotions the singer has experienced over the past year. Songs like “Needy,” “Bad Idea,” “Fake Smile” and “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored,” all seem to allude to sadness and disappointment, no doubt stemming from the break-up with Pete Davidson and the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Last weekend, Grande paid tribute to Miller on Instagram on what would’ve been the rapper’s 27th birthday. The two were in a relationship for two years until last May. Miller died in September of a drug overdose at his home in California.
The cover, which includes a Parental Advisory sticker, lets us know that Grande is pulling no punches. Set against a faded pink, the cover features an upside down Ariana with her eyes closed, wearing black lipstick, and displaying the words “Thank You, Next” across her neck/chest. The new album, which features no collaborations, is all Ariana and undoubtedly a chance to exorcise her personal demons.
Yesterday, the singer, who has taken comfort in her friends after the hellish year she had in 2018, tweeted, “grateful 🖤for the besties , for the music , for the journey to self-love and for being okay with not having a clue what the f*ck we’re all doing here but encouraging, lifting and loving each other while we’re here.”
Despite the fact that the singer released her last album, Sweetener, a mere six months ago, and Thank You, Next, will drop in two weeks, don’t be surprised if Grande surprises us with more new music in 2019. She recently told Billboard Magazine that we shouldn’t be surprised if while she’s touring in support of her two latest albums, she releases a third this year. Also, she mentioned that her “Thank You, Next” production team, Social House, will be her opening act on her tour, adding “You don’t think we’re going to have a studio on the bus? That we’re not going to be making records on the road? Of course, we are. I want to be able to do what is authentic and honest and natural. It’s the only way that I’ve been able to survive.”
Grande, who is nominated for two Grammy Awards this year for Best Pop Solo Performance for "God Is a Woman" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener, will also be headlining the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California from April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21 .