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Thank U, Next
Thank U, Next album cover.png
Digital, streaming and Japanese deluxe edition cover; the border is colored black instead of pink on the standard physical edition[1][2]
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019 (2019-02-08)
RecordedOctober–December 2018[3][4]
Studio
Genre
Length41:11
LabelRepublic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
Sweetener
(2018)
Thank U, Next
(2019)
K Bye for Now (SWT Live)
(2019)
Singles from Thank U, Next
  1. "Thank U, Next"
    Released: November 3, 2018
  2. "7 Rings"
    Released: January 18, 2019
  3. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
    Released: February 8, 2019

Thank U, Next (stylized in all lowercase) is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released on February 8, 2019, by Republic Records.[5][6] It was released six months after her fourth studio album Sweetener (2018), created in the midst of Grande's personal struggles, including the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her breakup with then-fiancé Pete Davidson.

Grande began working on the album in October 2018, enlisting writers and producers such as Tommy Brown, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Pop Wansel. With Thank U, Next, Grande distanced herself from the traditional promotion cycle that she employed for her previous album releases. Musically, Thank U, Next is a pop, R&B, and trap album, taking influences from hip hop.

The album was preceded by two singles, the title track and "7 Rings", both of which debuted atop the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Grande's first two number-one songs in the US. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" became the third single on the day of the album's release, peaking at number two on the Hot 100. All of the album's 12 tracks entered the Hot 100, with the singles occupying the top three spots, making Grande the first soloist to achieve it. The album topped the charts in various countries, and broke many streaming records upon release, including the records for the largest weekly streams for a pop album and a female album in the United States. It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and landed at number two on the US Billboard 200 Year-End chart of 2019. Globally, it was the eighth best-selling album of 2019, and fourth best-selling album by a female artist.

Upon its release, Thank U, Next received critical acclaim, with compliments on the cohesive production and Grande's showcase of her personal and vulnerable side. In support of both Sweetener and Thank U, Next, Grande embarked on the Sweetener World Tour, beginning on March 18, 2019. The concert tour grossed $146.4 million from 97 shows. At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Thank U, Next was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while "7 Rings" was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The album was ranked in several year-end and decade-end best music lists.

Background and recording

In August 2018, singer Ariana Grande's Sweetener was released to critical acclaim, her best received album to that point. Grande began contemplating her follow-up as she prepared touring. Republic Records sought to bolster Sweetener's global rollout by releasing "Breathin" as the third single, but the label abruptly postponed their promotional endeavors when Grande's old friend and ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, died from an accidental drug overdose in early September.[7] Grande then took a brief hiatus from the media to record new material.[7][8] By the following month, the still reticent singer expressed renewed interest in touring, one supporting both Sweetener and her forthcoming project, and she soon announced the initial leg of her Sweetener World Tour.[9] At the same time, Grande ended her five-month engagement with comedian Pete Davidson.[10]

The bulk of Thank U, Next was recorded at the Jungle City Studios in New York City

Thank U, Next's recording commenced less than two months after the release of Sweetener.[3] The producers conducted most of their recordings at Jungle City Studios in New York City and scheduled additional sessions in New York's Right Track Studios, MXM, Conway Recording Studios and The Record Plant in metropolitan Los Angeles, Wolf Cousins Studios in Stockholm, and Entirety Studios in London.[11]

The fallout of Miller's death influenced Grande's choice of collaborators. She assembled Thank U, Next's production team from producers and songwriters with shared rapport to better cope with the trauma.[12] Longtime collaborators Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Tommy Brown composed most of the tracks and shared responsibilities with Charles Anderson, Social House's Michael Foster, among others, in the formation of the music.[13]

The development of Thank U, Next was unusually swift, but productive. Grande and her team wrote about nine songs in merely a week, and they completed most of the recording after another two weeks.[14] Grande's team always had champagne in the studio, notably Veuve Clicquot, as later referenced in her collaboration with songwriter Victoria Monét, "Monopoly".[15] Monét contributed to six songs, including "Ghostin", the first and simultaneously longest song to develop.[16] Grande found creating "Ghostin" difficult and initially requested the song's exclusion from the final tracklisting.[17]

Composition

"I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't. We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the pre-order, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this, and it's just like, 'Bruh, I just want to talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don't?' So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to."

— Grande to Billboard magazine.[18]

Music and lyrics

Thank U, Next is a pop, R&B and trap record with many influences of hip hop on its beats and productions.[19][20][21][22][23] It explores a diversity of other music genres, including dancehall, soul, pop-rap and many urban influences.[24] Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone stated the album "Thank U, Next is just a woman and a mood, taking that mood out for a drive until she pedal-to-the-metals it right off a cliff."[25] In an interview with Zach Sang she said: "We walked to the studio everyday, and just made music and it turned everything around in my life. It sounds very corny but it was like, the most beautiful."[26]

Songs

Shangela Laquifa Wadley, mononymously addressed as Shangela (pictured in 2018) has an uncredited feature on the third track "NASA".

The album begins with the song "Imagine",[27] an R&B ballad with a trap-inspired rhythm.[28][29] The song features multiple whistle notes,[30] and its lyrics speak about Grande's denial of failed relationships, specifically her relationship with Mac Miller.[31][32] Mathew Rodriguez from Out mentioned that the song "does the double duty of being both a great song and a great introduction."[33] The next track "Needy" is a mid-tempo minimalistic song with a metronome-like synth in the foreground.[34] Its lyrics are about Grande's insecurities in relationships.[33] "NASA," named after the U.S. space agency of the same name,[35] is a "bouncy-R&B tune."[25] The track features a spoken introduction by Shangela, an American drag queen. She says, "One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind",[36] a variation on Neil Armstrong's quote, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."[37] Carolyn Bernucca of Complex said, "The standout track, 'NASA,' is punctuated by thumping bass and trap drums that have made their way from Atlanta all the way into mainstream pop."[38] The fourth track is "Bloodline." It is a reggae-pop song with R&B influences that contains brassy horns and a pounding bass.[39][40] It has been compared to Grande's 2016 single "Side to Side" and "Greedy" from her third studio album, Dangerous Woman.[41] The song features a sound bite from Marjorie Grande, Grande's grandmother, in which she is talking about a hearing aid.[26] The Guardian wrote that the song "posits the idea that maybe it's best to just see how things go relationship-wise and getting engaged after a few months isn't essential", believing that this song is about Pete Davidson.[42]

Victoria Monét (pictured in 2017) co-wrote most of the songs on the album.

The fifth track off the album is "Fake Smile", a hip hop soul-inspired track with a trap groove.[25] Lyrically, the song is about the attack on her concert in Manchester and the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, and the emotional toll that these events inflicted upon her.[43] Chloe Crookshanks from Medium stated that the song is "Weaved in with some funky muted bass, she states candidly her understandable disdain for putting on a show ('fuck a fake smile')".[44] "Bad Idea" is an EDM and trap number, beginning with an 80's rock-ballad intro that garnered comparison to David Guetta's 2012 hit single "Titanium" featuring Sia.[45][46] With an orchestra throughout the bridge and outro,[47] its lyrics are about Grande's desire to numb her pain.[48] The seventh track "Make Up" is Grande's most sexually explicit song on the album, featuring many double entendres.[48] It is a trap record with wonky pop and bubblegum influences and it contains a "rap-influenced bridge".[48] "Ghostin", the eighth track, is an emotional synth-and-strings ballad.[27] Lyrically, it discusses Grande's last two relationships, stating that "she should ghost the guy that still makes her cry and wants to stop hurting the person she is with now while he is being patient with her," being Miller and Davidson.[41] Savan Kotecha, who co-wrote the song with Grande, told Rolling Stone of working on the track: "[When we were writing] 'Ghostin,' we were in New York... The song speaks for itself in terms of what it's about. We were with her for a week in New York witnessing that, witnessing her feelings on that."[49] NME stated that it was "One of the record's most talked-about tracks" and also "one of the album's most devastating moments."[50] According to Grande, she "begged" her manager, Scooter Braun, to remove the track from the album, but he convinced her to keep it.[26]

The ninth track "In My Head" begins with an excerpt of a voicemail from by Grande's close friend Doug Middlebrook.[51] It is a trap-pop hybrid with many R&B influences.[41] Medium said that "Grande addresses her failure to see people for who they truly are."[34] "7 Rings," the tenth track, is a trap-pop and R&B song.[52][53][54] It features a heavy bass[55] and sees Grande discuss "how global success has allowed her to enjoy the finer things".[56] Billboard magazine noted it's "the most hip-hop-leaning song Grande has released in the post-Sweetener era yet, with Grande almost rapping the song's verses".[55] The album's lead single, "Thank U, Next" is the eleventh track on the album. A self-empowerment pop and R&B song with elements of synth-pop, its lyrics discuss many of Grande's past relationships.[57][58][31][59] Grande explained in an interview that "thank u, next..." is a phrase that she and fellow singer/songwriter Victoria Monét use.[60] Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal said the song is an "ode to gratitude, an anthem to a fresh start and new beginnings, where she is not afraid to be raw and vulnerable; Grande's vulnerability is the listener's reward." He also said the song is "sultry, cathartic and expressive" and praised Grande's breathy vocals as "pristine and heavenly, and it is evident the pop throne is still hers. 'thank u, next' garners an A rating."[61] The final track "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" is a trap-pop and R&B song.[62][63] It was said to be Grande's most eye-catching song from the album.[41] The track replaced "Remember", a song previously planned to be on the album, but was too personal for Grande to release.[64][65] It samples "It Makes Me Ill" by NSYNC in the bridge.[66]

Release and promotion

Thank U, Next was released worldwide on February 8, 2019, by Republic Records,[17] five months and twenty-two days after Sweetener, which was released on August 17, 2018. On releasing the album so soon after her previous offering, Grande said "my dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't." Commenting on previous release strategies, she explained that "we have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this shit. It's just like, 'Bruh, I just want to fucking talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don't?' So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to."[67]

The album cover art, shot by Alfredo Flores, shows Grande laying upside-down on the floor with the album title painted on her neck. The digital edition cover features a pink border, whilst the physical edition features a black border.[1][2]

Tour

On October 25, 2018, Grande officially announced the Sweetener World Tour, in promotion of both Thank U, Next and Sweetener.[68] The tour began on March 18, 2019, with the first leg consisting of 50 shows across North America.[69] The second leg of the tour began on August 17, 2019, consisting of 30 shows across Europe. The third leg of the tour visited 18 cities across North America and finished in Inglewood, California at The Forum.[70] Normani and Social House were announced as the opening acts for the first leg of the tour.[71]

Singles

The title track was released as the lead single from the album on November 3, 2018, without prior announcements.[72][73] Commercially, the single was a massive success, peaking at number-one of the charts of 12 countries and breaking a string of records, including the record for the most plays in a single day by a female artist on Spotify. The song also became Grande's first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. She performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on November 7.[74] Its accompanying music video was released on November 30, which broke the records for both the most-watched music video in YouTube within 24 hours and the fastest Vevo video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.[75][76] The song spawned an Internet meme, inspired by the lyrics One taught me love/one taught me patience / one taught me pain".[77] In a similar fashion, it has also been used as a slogan.[78]

"7 Rings" was released as the second single on January 18, 2019.[79] The track was also commercially successful, peaking atop of the charts of 15 countries, including the US, debuting atop of the Billboard Hot 100, making Grande the third female artist to have two or more songs debuting at the top slot of the Hot 100. This also made Grande the third artist in history to have an album with two songs that debuted at number one on the Hot 100, after Drake's Scorpion in 2018 and Mariah Carey's Daydream in 1995.[80] "7 Rings" also broke the record for the most streamed song in 24 hours on Spotify, receiving 14.9 million streams globally.[81] It received generally mixed reviews from music critics,[82][83][54] and was the center of plagiarism accusations from multiple artists.[84][85][86] "7 Rings" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.[87]

"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" was released as the third single on February 8, 2019, the same day the album was released.[88] The song debuted atop of the charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom. In the latter, Grande became the first female artist to replace herself at number one on the chart, and joined only three other artists in having three chart-topping singles in under 100 days.[89] As the track became her fifth number-one single in Ireland, Grande now also holds the record for the most number ones in the 2010s decade on the chart, alongside Rihanna.[90] "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's 13th top ten single on the chart. With this single at number two, "7 Rings" at number one and "Thank U, Next" at number three, Grande became the first artist to monopolize the top three on the chart since The Beatles in 1964.[91]

Promotional single

"Imagine" was released as the album's only promotional single on December 14, 2018.[92] Grande performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on December 18.[93]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.1/10[94]
Metacritic86/100[95]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[19]
The A.V. ClubA−[96]
Consequence Of SoundA—[97]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[98]
The Guardian4/5 stars[42]
The Independent4/5 stars[99]
The Irish Times5/5 stars[100]
NME4/5 stars[24]
Pitchfork7.9/10[101]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[25]

Upon release, Thank U, Next received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 86 based on 24 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim"; it is the highest Metascore for any of Grande's albums.[95]

Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone stated that Thank U, Next is "one of the year's best pop albums so far, even in a 2019 that's already turning out to be a great one for new music. Thank U, Next makes you suspect that the best Ariana is yet to come."[25] Ross Horton from The Line of Best Fit praised both the songwriting and production of the album, stating that it is an "airtight, dense pop record with an obnoxiously brash production" and commenting that "even the most delicate, sensual things here are tightly compressed and scrubbed of anything resembling acoustics."[102] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine also gave the album a positive review, commenting that "Grande is swaggering with [...] confidence" and concluding that the album "embodies every aspect of Ariana Grande, the grand pop star."[19] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times said, "Thank U, Next flaunts Grande's emotional healing; it's suffused with the joy of discovering that what didn't kill her really did make her stronger."[103]

Michael Cragg of The Guardian commented that Thank U, Next seems to be a "result of a burst of creativity and a prevailing mood", yet criticized "7 Rings" as a "braggadocious, ice-cold low point" of the album. He concluded positively, stating that Grande is a "pop star [...] finally working out who they are and what they want to say" and compared the album to Rihanna's Anti.[42] Helen Brown from The Independent stated that Grande is "embracing her inner mean girl (on the sexy "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored") [and] owning her flaws and contradictions" on tracks such as "Needy" and "NASA", yet concluded that the album lacks enough "vocal grit".[99] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine awarded the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, believing that the album "is easily Grande's most sonically consistent effort to date". He criticized that "some of the [...] tracks tend to blur together", but ultimately concluded in saying that Grande's "refusal to fake a smile that proves to be what makes her so damn likeable."[104] In a capsule review for Vice, Robert Christgau gave the album a three-star honorable mention ((3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)) and summed it up as Grande's "maturing from multitracked studio trickeration to straight love songs—love songs an old grouch might complain are all too superstar-specific"; the title track and "Ghostin'" were cited as highlights.[105]

Thank U, Next was named as one of the best albums of 2019. MTV named it as one of the ten albums of 2019, stating that the album "unpacks love, lust, and pain in a metallic pop coating. It's cooler, weirder, and deeper than Sweetener, and manages to make that project look shockingly surface-level".[106] Billboard ranked Thank U, Next as their number best album of 2019, stating that "the pop princess officially became a queen".[107] This was also the second consecutive year that Billboard ranked Grande's album as the best of year after naming the artist's previous album, Sweetener, as their number one best album of 2018.[108] Billboard complimented Grande's liberation to guilt, emotional restraint and independence, they said "in the aftermath of her personal struggles from that year, she found solace in the studio, sipping champagne with her friends and collaborators, while writing and recording the best album of her career in just two weeks" and praised Grande's album as if "The First Wives Club was an album". Thank U, Next placed on Billboard's decade end album's list "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s", at number 8.

Year-end and decade-end lists
Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Afisha Daily (Russia) The Best Foreign Albums of 2019
17
AllMusic Best of 2019 N/A
Associated Press AP's Top Albums of 2019
7
BBC Top 10 Albums of 2019
8
Billboard The 50 Best Albums of 2019
1
The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s
8
Clash The Best Albums of 2019
40
Complex The Best Albums of 2019
3
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2019
5
Top 100 Albums of the 2010s
97
Esquire The Best Albums of 2019 N/A
GQ The Best Albums of 2019 N/A
The albums that made 2019 great again
2
GQ (Russia) The 20 Best Albums of 2019 N/A
The Guardian The 50 Best Albums of 2019
16
Idolator The 20 Best Pop Albums Of 2019
14
The Independent The 50 Best Albums of 2019
42
Metro 26 Albums of the Decade N/A
The New York Times
(Jon Pareles; Jon Caramanica)
Best Albums of 2019
11
NME The 50 Best Albums of 2019
30
NPR
(Lyndsey McKenna; Jacob Ganz)
The Best Albums Of 2019 N/A
Our Culture Mag 20 Best Albums of 2019 N/A
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2019
27
People The 10 Best Albums of 2019
1
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2019
29
PopCrush 25 Best Albums of 2019 N/A
Rolling Stone The 50 Best Albums of 2019
1
The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
30
Slate The Best Albums of 2019 N/A
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums Of 2019
34
Thrillist The Best Albums of 2019
30
Uproxx The Best Albums of 2019
2
The Best Albums Of The 2010s
48
Us Weekly 10 Best Albums of 2019
2
Variety The Best Albums of 2019
9

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Thank U, Next
Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2019 People's Choice Awards Album of 2019 Nominated [144]
American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Album Nominated [145]
LOS40 Music Awards Best International Album Nominated [146]
2020 Grammy Award Album of the Year Nominated [147]
Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
Juno Awards International Album of the Year Nominated [148]
Billboard Music Awards Top Billboard 200 Album Nominated [149]

Commercial performance

In the United States, Thank U, Next debuted at number-one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 360,000 album-equivalent units moved, out of which 116,000 were pure sales. It became Grande's fourth number-one album in the country, and broke the record for the largest streaming week ever for a pop album with 307 million on-demand audio streams.[150] On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, issue dated February 20, all twelve songs from Thank U, Next appeared simultaneously; eleven of those songs appeared in the top 40, breaking the record for the most simultaneous top 40 entries by a female artist.[151] In its second week, the album remained atop the chart, earning an additional 151,000 units with 20,000 pure album sales and 168.6 million on-demand streams, becoming Grande's first album to spend two weeks at number one.[152] The album has spent 19 non-consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard 200.[citation needed] On June 15, 2020, Thank U, Next was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) exceeding two million units in the US.[153] As of June 2020, the album has sold 302,000 copies in the country.[154]

In the United Kingdom, Thank U, Next debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with 65,000 album-equivalent units. The album became Grande's third number-one on the chart and marked her largest album opening week to date there. Earning 59 million streams, Thank U, Next set a new record for most album streams ever by a female artist in a week in the country, beating her previous album, Sweetener.[89] Following its release, "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, replacing "7 Rings", with the latter returning to number one the following week, making Grande the first female solo artist since Madonna in 1985 to simultaneously hold the number one and two spots on the UK Singles Chart and the first musical artist to replace herself twice consecutively at number one in UK chart history. Also, "Needy" peaked at number eight on the chart.[155] Thank U, Next also was 2019's third fastest-selling download by a female artist in UK, behind Taylor Swift's Lover and Pink's Hurts 2B Human.[156]

In Ireland, the album also became Grande's third number one on the Irish Albums Chart, outselling the rest of the top five combined with nearly 5,389 units (according to Official Charts Company).[157] Upon its release, Thank U, Next became the only female album this decade to feature three Irish number-one singles. Following the success of the album, Sweetener (2018) arose three places to number 8, and Dangerous Woman (2016) re-entered the top fifty at number 43.[90]

In Australia, the album debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, becoming Grande's fourth number one in the territory. All twelve album tracks also appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart, including nine debuts.[158]

Thank U, Next has sold more than 1 million pure copies worldwide. It was the eighth best-selling album of 2019 globally and ranked fourth among female artists.[159] Grande also ranked as the sixth best-selling artist of 2019 globally and third among female artists.[160]

Track listing

Standard edition[1]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Imagine"3:32
2."Needy"Brown2:51
3."NASA"
  • Brown
  • Anderson
3:02
4."Bloodline"
  • Martin
  • Ilya
3:36
5."Fake Smile"
  • Pop Wansel
  • Happy Perez
3:28
6."Bad Idea"
  • Grande
  • Martin
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Kotecha
  • Martin
  • Ilya
4:27
7."Make Up"
  • Grande
  • Monét
  • Parx
  • Brown
  • Brian Baptiste
  • Brown
  • Baptiste
2:20
8."Ghostin"
  • Grande
  • Monét
  • Parx
  • Martin
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Kotecha
  • Martin
  • Ilya
4:31
9."In My Head"
  • Grande
  • Wansel
  • Perez
  • Brittany "Chi" Coney
  • Denisia Andrews
  • Lindel Deon Nelson, Jr.
  • Roberts
3:42
10."7 Rings"
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Foster
2:58
11."Thank U, Next"
  • Grande
  • Monét
  • Parx
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Foster
  • Vitia
  • Krysiuk
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Foster
3:27
12."Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
  • Martin
  • Ilya
3:10
Total length:41:11
Japanese deluxe edition (bonus tracks)[161]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."7 Rings" (Remix; featuring 2 Chainz)
  • Grande
  • Monét
  • Foster
  • Anderson
  • Parx
  • Vitia
  • Krysiuk
  • Brown
  • Rodgers
  • Hammerstein II
  • Tauheed Epps
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Foster
2:58
14."Monopoly" (with Victoria Monét)
  • Grande
  • Monét
  • Foster
  • Anderson
  • Tim Suby
2:38
Total length:46:47
Japanese deluxe edition (bonus DVD)[161]
No.TitleDirector(s)Length
1."Thank U, Next" (music video)Hannah Lux Davis5:30
2."7 Rings" (music video)Lux Davis3:04
3."Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (music video)Lux Davis3:24
Total length:11:58

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • All track titles are stylized in all lowercase, except "NASA" and "Monopoly", which are stylized in all caps.[1]

Samples

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal and the album's liner notes.[11][162]

Vocals

  • Ariana Grande – primary artist
  • Victoria Monét – background vocals (tracks 2–3, 7–8, 10–11)
  • Tayla Parx – background vocals (tracks 2–3, 7, 10)
  • Marjorie Grande – background vocals (track 4)
  • Doug Middlebrook – background vocals (track 9)
  • Shangela Laquifa Wadley – uncredited vocals (track 3)[163]

Instrumentation

  • Happy Perez – guitar (tracks 1, 5, 9), keyboards (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Pop Wansel – keyboards (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Peter Lee Johnson – strings (track 2)
  • Wojtek Bylund – alto saxophone (track 4)
  • Ilya Salmanzadeh – bass (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12), drums (tracks 4, 6, 12), guitar (tracks 4, 6, 8), keyboards (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12), string arrangement (track 6)
  • Janne Bjerger – trumpet (track 4)
  • Max Martin – bass (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12), drums (tracks 4, 6, 12), guitar (tracks 4, 6, 8), keyboards (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12), string arrangement (track 6)
  • Mattias Bylund – horns arrangement (track 4), strings (tracks 6, 8), string arrangement (track 6), violin (track 6)
  • Magnus Johannson – trumpet (track 4)
  • Peter Noos Johannson – trombone (track 4)
  • Tomas Johannson – tenor saxophone (track 4)
  • JProof – keyboards (tracks 5, 9)
  • David Bukovinszky – cello (tracks 6, 8)
  • Alexander West – guitar (track 7)
  • Larrance Dopson – guitar (track 7)
  • Mattias Johansson – violin (track 8)

Production

  • Ariana Grande – executive production, vocal production (all tracks), musical arranger (track 11)
  • Scooter Braun – executive production
  • Happy Perez – production (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Pop Wansel – production (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Tommy Brown – production (tracks 2–3, 7, 10–11)
  • Charles Anderson – production (tracks 3, 10–11)
  • Max Martin – production (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12), vocal production (track 8)
  • Ilya Salmanzadeh – production (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12), vocal production (track 8)
  • Brian Baptiste – production (track 7)
  • Michael Foster – production (tracks 10–11)
  • Victoria Monét – vocal production (tracks 2–3, 7–8, 10–11)
  • Tayla Parx – vocal production (tracks 2, 7)
  • NOVA Wav – co-production (track 9)
  • Andrew Luftman – production coordination (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Sarah Shelton – production coordination (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Zvi Edelman – production coordination (tracks 1, 5, 9)

Technical

  • Happy Perez – programming (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Pop Wansel – programming (tracks 1, 5, 9)
  • Tommy Brown – programming (tracks 2–3, 10)
  • Charles Anderson – programming (tracks 3, 10)
  • Ilya Salmanzadeh – programming (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12)
  • Max Martin – programming (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12)
  • Michael Foster – programming (track 10)
  • John Hanes – mixing (tracks 1–3, 10), mixing assistance (tracks 4–9, 11–12)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (all tracks)
  • Billy Hickey – engineering (tracks 2, 3, 7, 10, 11)
  • Sam Holland – engineering (tracks 6, 8)
  • Brendan Morawski – recording (track 1), engineering (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7–11)
  • Joe Gallagher – recording (track 1), engineering (tracks 5, 9)
  • Sean Klein – recording assistance (tracks 1–3, 5, 7–8, 10, 11), remix engineering assistance (track 9)
  • Jeremy Lertola – recording assistance (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12)
  • Cory Bice – recording assistance (tracks 4, 6, 8, 12)

Artwork

  • Jessica Severn – art direction and design
  • Brian "kid orange" Nicholson – Neck tag/graffiti artwork[164]
  • Alfredo Flores– photography

Charts

Certifications and sales

Certifiations and sales for Thank U, Next
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[237] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Austria (IFPI Austria)[238] Gold 7,500double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[239] Gold 10,000double-dagger
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[240] Diamond 160,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[241] 3× Platinum 240,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[242] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[243] Platinum 100,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[244] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Mexico (AMPROFON)[245] Platinum 60,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[246] 2× Platinum 30,000double-dagger
Norway (IFPI Norway)[247] 4× Platinum 80,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[248] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Singapore (RIAS)[249] Platinum 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[250] Gold 20,000double-dagger
Sweden (GLF)[251] Platinum 30,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[252] Platinum 300,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[254] 2× Platinum 302,000[253]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release formats for Thank U, Next
Region Date Version Format(s) Label Ref.
Various February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08) Standard Republic [255][256]
May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10) LP [257]
Japan June 26, 2019 (2019-06-26) Deluxe
Universal [161]

See also

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