Why Ariana Grande’s recent music is so important for teens right now
No one can dispute that American pop singer Ariana Grande has had a particularly tough year. Still recovering from a bombing that took place at the Manchester date of her Dangerous Woman tour last year, she then split up with rapper Mac Miller and faced an avalanche of backlash before she got engaged to comedian Pete Davidson. Grande was then delivered another devastating blow when Miller was found dead following a suspected drugs overdose. And finally, recently announced the break off of her engagement to Davidson.
You would think that after all she’s been through in this year alone, she would be taking some time off and avoiding the spotlight. At the very least releasing music that is potentially a little bit more sad and a little bit less hopeful.
But she’s not.
Grande released her fourth album titled ‘sweetener’ on the 17th of August 2018 following the release of the single ‘no tears left to cry’. The album quickly went on to become her fastest selling album to date.
The album as a whole conveys a happy, hopeful message and the individual songs are also small snippets of positivity. For example ‘God is a woman’ is about female sexual liberation; ‘breathin’ shines a light on anxiety and ‘no tears left to cry’ shows how much you can grow from dark times.
Most recently, Grande released another new single titled ‘thank u, next’ – an extremely inspiring break up song, recently announced to have given Grande the global Spotify record for biggest single day for a female artist in Spotify history. The singer publicly addresses ex boyfriends by name, along with a positive message for each of them, before coming to the extremely healthy conclusion that the relationship that is most important for her right now is with herself.
In a time where young women desperately need strong idols to look up to, Grande has stepped up to the podium. She has managed to channel completely devastating events into a positive, inspiring art form which conveys messages of positivity and hope. She is the perfectly flawed role model bringing a refreshingly new take to pop culture, and we can only hope that she continues to uplift and elevate her fellow women for a long time to come.