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"God Is a Woman"
Grande emerging from a pool of blue and purple paint, wearing body paint of the same colors
Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Sweetener
Released July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13)
Format
Genre Pop
Length 3:17
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Ilya
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Bed"
(2018)
"God Is a Woman"
(2018)
"Breathin"
(2018)
Music video
"God Is a Woman" on YouTube

"God Is a Woman" (stylized in sentence case) is a song by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on July 13, 2018, as the second single from Grande's fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). The song was written by Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and its producer Ilya.

The single peaked within the top ten of nineteen countries worldwide including number four in the United Kingdom, number five in both Canada and Australia as well as number eight in Grande's native United States.

Background and release[edit]

"God Is a Woman" was first teased in a scene in the music video for lead single "No Tears Left to Cry", which displayed what appears to be a working track listing for the upcoming album.[1] Grande confirmed the title on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018.[2] On June 27, Grande revealed that the song will become the official second single from her upcoming album.[3] She initially announced on Twitter that the song would be released on July 20. However, she later confirmed the release date as July 13.[4]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"God Is a Woman" is a midtempo pop song that runs for three minutes and 17 seconds.[5][6] It was characterized as a hybrid of hip hop and pop, and was noted for its trap production and influences of reggae.[7][5][8] Time described the song as "an anthemic, sultry banger", and noted that "Grande's voice is layered so that it sounds like a choir, but really, it's only her, multiplied."[9] The song contains assertive lyrics embracing her femininity and intertwining themes of sexuality and spirituality.[10][11]

The song is performed in the key of E minor with a tempo of 72–76 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of Em – D/E – Em – D/E – Cmaj7 – D/C –Am7 – Bm7, and Grande's vocals span from E3 to E6.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Mike Nied of Idolator described it as "a sexually liberated bop", writing: "The beat picks up as [Grande] moves into the chorus. Incorporating a hip-hop edge, her voice gets progressively breathier. Although the single is obviously a sexy banger, it also includes a resilient message. In the face of critics, she defiantly takes a stand."[11] Bryan Rolli of Forbes.com called it "an impressive show of both virtuosity and restraint" and "one of the best pop songs of the summer—if not the year". He also praised Grande's vocal performance "sprinkling her signature falsetto across the sultry chorus and reining in her vocal acrobatics in the verses. She tries on different flows at her whim, singing slow, seductive come-ons ("I can tell that you know I know how I want it") and riffing on Migos' triplet flow in the pre-choruses. The track is full of chilly, hypnotic trap beats, tasteful drops and electronic squawks, atop which Grande harmonizes with herself to suck listeners into the world she's created for three-and-a-half minutes. [Grande] performs with a maturity that her last two singles lacked, taking a fairly simple formula—heroic female pop vocals plus entrancing trap beats—and turning it into a bite-sized masterpiece. The track probably won't put to bed any controversial theological debates, but it sure made a lot of people believe in something tonight."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon release, "God Is a Woman" began receiving early radio support in the United States. The song drew in 172 spins from 52 Mediabase-monitored pop stations across the country on the final tracking period days.[14] On the issue dated July 28, 2018, "God Is a Woman" officially debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling 43,000 digital downloads during its opening week, allowing it to enter the Digital Songs chart at number four while entering the Streaming Songs chart at number 11 with 25.1 million US streams.[15] In its second week, the song fell ten positions to number 21 on the Hot 100.[16] The song also entered Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 at number 27, moving up to number 23 the following week. It has since reached number 9 on the chart issue dated September 8, 2018, becoming her tenth top-ten entry there.[17]

Following the release of Sweetener and its performance at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on August 20, 2018, "God Is a Woman" jumped 22 positions on the Hot 100 from number 30 to number 8, becoming Grande's tenth top-ten single on the chart and placing her as the twelfth overall artist and seventh female artist with the most Hot 100 top 10s in the 2010s decade.[18] The song also rose to number 8 on Streaming Songs, while climbing to number 39 on the Radio Songs chart following its debut at number 46 the previous week. In Canada, the song debuted at number five on the Canadian Hot 100.[19]

In the United Kingdom, "God Is a Woman" entered the Official Trending Chart at number one following its release, with the song set to debut in the top ten of the chart regardless of any added points.[20] On July 20, 2018, the song opened at number four on the UK Singles Chart, where it became her seventh top-ten single in the country.[21] It also debuted on the UK R&B chart at number two, becoming her highest charting entry there. [22] Similarly, it entered the Irish Singles Chart at number four, and at number eight in Scotland. In Australia, the song has debuted on the ARIA Charts at number five, marking her seventh top-ten entry there as well.[23]

Music video[edit]

The lyric video for "God Is a Woman" premiered on Grande's YouTube channel alongside the release of the single. The video visualizes a cloud-filled background that transitions to a cosmic scene, ending with a still shot of the singer. The official music video was released later the same day. It was directed by Dave Meyers and features a pseudo-biblical monologue by Madonna.[24] The video pays homage to The Creation of Adam, Romulus and Remus, astronomy, female genitalia, and other visual imagery similar to that of "No Tears Left to Cry", also directed by Meyers, as well as Greek mythology.[25] The video has been viewed more than 100 million times.[26]

Live performances[edit]

Grande performed "God Is a Woman" for the first time on August 20, 2018 at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The performance was themed around the Last Supper and Grande was accompanied onstage with over 50 female dancers. Grande was joined by her mother, grandmother and cousin toward the end of the performance and after Grande finished singing, the four of them bowed together before exiting the stage.[27] She also performed an acoustic version of the song the same week on Good Morning America.[28]

"God Is a Woman" was included on the set list for The Sweetener Sessions, a promotional tour in support of her Sweetener album.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[29]

  • Ariana Grande – vocals, background vocals
  • Ilya – production, programming, keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, background vocals
  • Rickard Goransson – guitar, production
  • John Hanes – mix engineering
  • Sam Holland – engineering
  • Jeremy Lertola – assistant recording engineer
  • Cory Bice – assistant recording engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Argentina Anglo (Monitor Latino)[30] 7
Australia (ARIA)[31] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[32] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[33] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[34] 4
Brazil Streaming (Pro-Música)[35] 37
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[36] 5
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[37] 11
Canada Hot AC (Billboard)[38] 32
Croatia Airplay (HRT)[39] 44
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[40] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[41] 17
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[42] 8
France (SNEP)[43] 38
Germany (Official German Charts)[44] 20
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[45] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40)[46] 5
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[47] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[48] 4
Italy (FIMI)[49] 27
Israel (Media Forest)[50] 6
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[51] 73
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[52] 14
Lithuania (M-1 Top 40)[53] 2
Malaysia (RIM)[54] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[55] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[56] 19
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[57] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[58] 13
Portugal (AFP)[59] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[60] 8
Singapore (RIAS)[61] 4
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[62] 86
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[63] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[64] 35
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[65] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[66] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[67] 4
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[68] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[69] 8
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[70] 3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 6
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[71] 30

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[72] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[73] Platinum 40,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[74] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[75] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[76] Silver 200,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various July 13, 2018 Republic [77]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Universal [78]
United Kingdom Island [79]
United States July 24, 2018 Republic [80]
Rhythmic contemporary radio [81]

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