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Thank U, Next
Studio album by
RecordedOctober – December 2018[1][2]
Ariana Grande chronology
Thank U, Next
Singles from Thank U, Next
  1. "Thank U, Next"
    Released: November 3, 2018
  2. "7 Rings"
    Released: January 18, 2019

Thank U, Next (stylized in all lowercase) is the upcoming fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande.[4] The album is a follow-up to her fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018). Its title track was released as the album's lead single on November 3, 2018, and became Grande's first number-one single in the United States upon its debut on the Billboard Hot 100.


In September 2018, Grande's ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, died from a drug overdose. The following month, Grande announced that she would take a break from music.[5] That same month, however, Grande revealed that she had been in the studio working on new music, and she announced the Sweetener World Tour (2019). She stated that the tour would support both her fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018), and her upcoming fifth studio album.[6][7] Without prior announcement, Grande released the title track of the album as the lead single on November 3, 2018.[8]


Grande released "Thank U, Next" as the album's lead single on November 3, 2018.[8] She performed the song along with "Breathin" from Sweetener on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 7.[9]

The second single, "7 Rings", was released on January 18, 2019.[10]

Promotional singles

A promotional single, "Imagine", was released on December 14, 2018.[11] Grande performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on December 18, 2018.[12]

Confirmed tracks

Grande has confirmed that there will be 12 songs on the album in total.[13]


  1. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (October 2, 2018). "Ariana Grande is back in the studio working on new music". The Fader. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ariana Grande hints new album is ready but her record label won't release it". Big Top 40. December 5, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Weiner, Natalie (December 5, 2018). "Billboard Woman of the Year Ariana Grande: 'There's Not Much I'm Afraid of Anymore'". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Ivie, Devon (November 3, 2018). "Ariana Grande Is Hyping Up Her Next Album, Thank U, Next". Vulture. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Shepherd, Jack (October 11, 2018). "Ariana Grande confirms break from music following rapper Mac Miller's death". The Independent. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Espinoza, Joshua (October 3, 2018). "Ariana Grande Is Back in the Studio After Taking Time Off". Complex. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (October 25, 2018). "Ariana Grande Announces 'Sweetener World Tour' Dates". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  8. ^ a b McDermott, Maeve (November 4, 2018). "Ariana Grande says her exes heard 'Thank U, Next' before its release". USA Today. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Kreps, Daniel (November 7, 2018). "See Ariana Grande Debut Live 'Thank U, Next' on 'Ellen'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Squires, Bethy (January 10, 2019). "Ariana Grande's Next Single Will Be About That Time She Got Drunk and Bought All Her Friends Rings". Vulture. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Aniftos, Rania (December 11, 2018). "Ariana Grande Drops Countdown For Her Next Single, 'Imagine'". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ariana Grande Got Into the Christmas Spirit for Her TV Debut Performance of 'Imagine': Watch". Billboard. December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Ariana Grande [@ArianaGrande] (January 13, 2019). "i added a fun one (lol) to replace one that i decided i don't think wanna share w the world. so we back to twelve tracks. i appreciate u understanding in advance. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤" (Tweet). Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Bajgrowicz, Brooke (November 15, 2018). "Ariana Grande Continues to Tease New Album With 'Needy' Song Snippet: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  15. ^ Ariana Grande [@ArianaGrande] (November 14, 2018). "technically yes" (Tweet). Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Ariana Grande [@ArianaGrande] (December 13, 2018). "imagine, 7 rings, in my head" (Tweet). Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Ariana Grande [@ArianaGrande] (December 13, 2018). "[is fake smile a real track I MUST KNOW .] yes" (Tweet). Retrieved January 13, 2019 – via Twitter.