Ariana Grande heals hearts, breaks records

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Only six months after the release of her Grammy award-winning album “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande wrote, recorded and released her fifth studio album, “Thank U, Next, early February.

Despite creating the entire album in a short amount of time, the quality of the production, lyrics and vocals prove Grande and her team put every ounce of their souls into it.

Grande’s newest release is an open love letter to herself and the past year of her life. She reaches new levels of honesty with “Thank U, Next.” Each song on the album approaches the trauma she has endured from a different perspective. From a bombing to an ex-lover dying to a failed engagement, Grande has been through it all.

Often, she is written off as a generic pop singer, but “Thank U, Next” opened new territory for Grande. Her songs remain fun to listen to, but they are much deeper than tracks off her previous albums.

“Dangerous Woman,” which came out in 2016, was a masterpiece with multiple number ones on the charts, but it would have been a good album even if Grande wasn’t the star behind it. That album didn’t feel personal. “Thank U, Next” did what none of Grande’s previous works could do— accurately depict Grande as a person.

The best example of this is the eighth song on the album, “Ghostin.” In a tweet, Grande said that the song is about feeling bad for your partner because you are in love with someone else.

According to genius.com, many fans believe the song is about Grande’s love for her deceased ex, Mac Miller.

The lyrics in “Ghostin” are the most honest we have heard Grande in a song.

“Thank U, Next” quickly began breaking records with its release. According to Billboard, Grande simultaneously occupies the top three spots on the Hot 100 chart. This has only ever been achieved by one other recording artist— The Beatles, who spent five consecutive weeks in the top three in 1964. In the streaming era, Grande has more opportunities to shine than her predecessors.

“Thank U, Next” set a new streaming record for pop music with 307 million audio streams earned in the U.S. alone during its first week, according to Billboard.