Princess of Pop Ariana Grande is putting us all in position with announcements and secret hints about her new album and the first single for it!
Grande released a slow mo video of her hand typing “Positions” on a neon green glowing keyboard, giving us the name of her new upcoming album, and the first single! Not only that, but just five days after announcing the surprise album, she’s giving us release dates as well! The singer also tweeted a link to her website on Sunday, which led fans to a countdown to both the single and album. And girls, the bops are coming quick!
Right now, the countdown for the song “Positions” sits at just over THREE DAYS, meaning it will drop this Friday, the 23rd. This is not a drill!! The full album drops just a week after, on October 30th, just in time for your virtual Halloween party!
Although it looked like Ariana Grande might literally want her fans to just watch the clock — the countdown clock, that is, that showed up on her website last Saturday night — she got more specific on Wednesday about the most immediate thing being counted down to. “Positions,” the first single from her upcoming sixth studio album, will debut as the clock strikes 12 this Friday morning.
But Grande has two clocks ticking on her site, with the second one counting the seconds until a full album drops one week later, as the calendar clicks over to Oct. 30. Next to nothing has been revealed about that full-length release, including any official announcement of its title, but before the singer officially “positions” that, too, here’s what we do know about what looks to be among the handful of true superstar album releases of 2020.
The pre-save page for the “Positions” single includes cover art that may be a tease of the ultimate album cover as well, showing Grande from her lips down to her knees in a short skirt and matching midriff-baring top. (Perhaps, unlike her last two albums, she’s destined to remain right-side-up this time?)
An ominous instrumental track appears on YouTube with the name “Positions” on in it, and what appears to be Grande speaking in the background.
With most of her sixth album recorded during COVID-19 quarantining, its lyrical themes are rumored to focus on sex, romance ruinous and righteous, and disconnection (she’s been in an apparently steady relationship with real estate mogul Dalton Gomez since mid-summer).
Another hint that bad or infectious romance may be on Grande’s mind is the album’s possible inclusion of “Toxic Love,” a new duet shared with The Weeknd. This is not the first time that Grande and The Weeknd have been paired for a romantic showdown; check “Love Me Harder,” from her 2014 album “My Everything,” for reference.
While rapper-vocalist Ty Dolla $ign’s name has been flashed around as one of Grande’s “Positions” collaborators on the FOTP forums just in time for his new album drop this weekend, Grande herself discussed the possible inclusion of Doja Cat on whatever next project she would record back in May. During an interview on Zane Lowe’s program for Apple Music, Grande revealed that she had recorded a new track that she wrote and performed with Doja Cat that would presumably make its way onto what should be her next recorded project. “I want to save (it) for whenever it’s time again to drop,” said Grande during the interview.
The supposed 14-track album, so far, includes one track listed as “34 35” which has a simple, repetitious backing track found here without any information save for Grande’s name and familiar French-manicured fingertips from Saturday’s initial Instagam drop.
Another set of beats listed as “brb,” shich stands for “Be Right Back,” is a rumored new Ariana track whose backing music can be found here.
Also rumored for the new album, and found referred to as an “AG6” track, is “Nasty.” with several snippets of lyrics found here and here.
In terms of collaborators, the new album appears to lack production credits from several famous longtime favorites of Grande’s like Pop Wansel and Max Martin. The producers and songwriting collaborators who are rumored to be a deep part of “Positions” are the Rascals (the team behind a handful of songs on Grande’s first album) and Mr. Franks (who worked with Grande as far back as “I Don’t Care” and “Let Me Love You”). A possible track entitled “My Hair” is said to have had Grande recording with Tommy Brown, Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx.
This last “Hair” track has several similar sounding snippets posted on line, including this and this, and is listed at CapitalFM in the UK as having registered that song title, along with tracks titled “32 interlude” and “Skip.”
Brown, or rather, TBHits — the producer of Blackpink’s “Ice Cream” (with Selena Gomez) and “Bet You Wanna” (with Cardi B), as well as Grande’s co-producer of songs from “Thank U, Next” and 2018’s “Sweetener” — hinted at his involvement in the proceedings by showing an old photo of himself with Ariana on a rooftop somewhere in Manhattan, with no other context or explanation.
Apart from the forthcoming Friday single, none of these titles or track snippets have been confirmed by Republic Records, Grande’s label, which says that Grande’s social media will be the best source of information about the coming project.
The road to Grande’s newest mystery started Saturday night, around 8 p.m. ET, as she jumped onto Instagram and Twitter with a quick video of her French manicured hand grazing a green backlit keyboard so to spell out the word “P-O-S-I-T-I-O-N-S.”
Before the countdown clocks appeared on Saturday, Grande had first seemingly confirmed the album with an Oct. 7 tweet that read, “Turning in these mixes and reminding u again to register to vote if u haven’t already / to vote early.” A week later, she tweeted, “i can’t wait to give u my album this month.”
After scoring No. 1 hits this year with the sentimental Justin Bieber duet “Stuck With You,” and the emotional Lady Gaga link-up “Rain On Me,” Ariana Grande is taking her own music in a different direction.
With the midnight release of her new song “Positions" and its music video, that direction seems to be the Oval Office — and the bedroom. The first single off her upcoming sixth album, rumored to also be titled Positions, has Grande meeting with her cabinet in a fierce outfit while also crooning that she'd be "switchin' thе positions for you / cookin' in the kitchen and I'm in the bedroom." Who says a woman can't do both?
“Positions” reunites Grande with thank u, next collaborators like producer Tommy Brown and co-writer Victoria Monét, as well as brings new collaborators into her camp like producer London on da Track and songwriter Nija Charles (who also co-wrote “Rain On Me”).
According to a countdown on the singer’s website, Grande’s sixth album will be released on Oct. 30.
Arianators are pretty convinced the pop star sneakily slipped in a diss at her ex-fiance on her newest track, “Positions,” which premiered at midnight (October 23) along with a presidential music video. Although the song marks the dawn of a new era for Grande, some fans believe the songbird is back to her Thank U, Next ways again.
How so, you ask? Well, fans couldn’t help but analyze a verse at the very beginning of the record in which she stresses a particular syllable. The line in question: “Heaven sent you to me/ I'm just hopin’ I don't repeat history.”
Did you catch it? In case you didn’t, one Twitter user ran the lyric back. “Ari said… ‘Heaven sent you to me. I’m just hoping I don’t repeat history,’” they tweeted, later emphasizing, “Re-PETE history. Pete Davidson! Cmon Ariana!”
Another Twitter user also noted, "Ariana did not just split repeat to sound like re–PETE hahahah so smart #POSITIONS.”
As fans know, the “7 Rings” singer and the Saturday Night Live comedian were once involved in a fast-paced romance back in 2018. Months after their whirlwind relationship-turned-engagement, the stars suffered a highly-publicized breakup in October 2018.
Sadly, things only soured for the exes as Davidson and Grande seemingly took subtle shots at each other. The fallout would make profitable source material for the 27-year-old, who made a number-one hit out of her heartbreak with her smash hit single “Thank U, Next.”
Ariana Grande's new "Positions" music video, released at midnight on Friday, is a not-so-subtle reflection of the pop star's liberal politics.
The Dave Meyers-directed visual imagines Grande as the multi-tasking President of the United States, gracefully flitting from the kitchen to the bedroom to the boardroom (all the while maintaining the perfect pitch).
But while the feminist message comes across loud and clear, some details are far less obvious. Grande quietly sprinkled the video with references to her personal life, historical figures, and current political issues.
We rounded up all the cameos and details you may have missed.
Grande's Situation Room is packed with real-life members of her inner circle. The Situation Room, also known as "the woodshed," is a meeting place in the West Wing of the White House.
It's famously used to brief the president on current events and sensitive information, and was established by President John F. Kennedy.