Weekly Favorites

 Ariana Grande’s new merch: Including “thank you next,” “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” and more! Including shot glasses, shirts, and even SOCKS.

https://shop.arianagrande.com

HER’s Grammy performance: The R&B singer slayed her first ever Grammy performance, complete with a gorgeous electric guitar and a killer sparkly jumpsuit. Watch for yourself here:

 

Ariana Grande’s interview on the Zach Sang Show: She opens up about the making of thank you next alongside her production team (who she graciously invited to the interview). The pop star also opens up about the inspiration behind “Ghostin,” “In My Head,” and more standout tracks on the album while also shedding light on why she didn’t perform at the Grammy’s.

 

The trailer for the new movie “Yesterday”: This movie focuses on a young man named Jack who gets suddenly hit by a car. When he wakes up, he realizes the world doesn’t know who The Beatles are. Jack ends up stealing their songs, playing them, and ultimately becomes a superstar. Also starring Mama Mia’s Lily James, and British actor Himesh Patel.

I can’t wait to see how The Beatles songs are re-imagined into another beautiful storyline (if you’ve never seen Across the Universe, go watch it on Netflix right now.)


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Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener”

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From the first second, Sweetener immediately feels special. The pop singer opens with a heavenly ode to those who lost their lives in last years tragic bombing in Manchester with a cover of The Four Seasons’ “An Angel Cried.” Although Grande’s version is redesigned to evoke more emotion; it feels so real.“When raindrops fell down from the sky, the day you left me, an angel cried, oh she cried, an angel cried” after listening to this, it’s hard not to get emotional.

It’s true that Sweetener feels different from the rest of Grande’s discography. It’s not as pop as Dangerous Woman, and not quite as cheeky as Yours Truly. Hip-hop/R&B beats remain but seem elevated, choppier, and more delicately placed. One thing that never changes is her voice. Every song feels like a greeting at the pearly gates; a full choir all in one little girl. Mastermind, Pharrell Williams had a strong hand in the overall production of this album, which you hear directly on the spunky fresh “Blazed.” It feels as though Ariana made sure to handle each song with care. She kept Sweetener real, fun, and honest. Going through a tragedy, a public breakup, and a quick engagement can surely provide an immense amount of content to feed off of.

Speaking of love… Sweetener basically waves a big bright flag saying, “I’M IN LOVE.” From the self-explanatory ode to fiancé “pete davidson” to the flirty “goodnight n go,” and even the cliche TV commercial-esque “sweetener.” Ariana is SMITTEN, and we can tell. “Boy, you’re such a dream to me” in the sparkly “R.E.M” pretty much sums up her feelings about her current love life.

Although this album proves to be fun and dance-y, there’s no shortage of tough topics. “better off” stands out as the singers most mature and heartfelt track on the album. Grande’s voice takes on a lower range as she explores a failing relationship with the urge to leave. While “breathin” and “get well soon” deal with anxiety and self-love head on. Both quickly pull at the heartstrings followed by layered vocals and amplified melodies in shiny perfected harmony.

Sweetener feels beautiful and influential all at once.