By: Nicholas Allen
Two years ago today on February 8th, 2019, Ariana Grande dropped her album Thank U, Next which undeniably catapulted her into superstar status.
Her first two number one songs and number one debuts are a result of this album, with the singles Thank U, Next and 7 Rings collecting a total of 15 weeks at number one.
Ariana Grande became the first solo artist in history to occupy the number 1, 2 and 3 spots on the Billboard hot 100 and the only other artists with this title are The Beatles.
The Thank U, Next album was released within 6 months of her fourth studio album Sweetener which also went number 1, the consistency and quality of Grande’s work earned her many new fans.
As for the album, it serves as a breakup album with a range of slow and somber to upbeat and dance songs. Highlights from the album include: Imagine, Bloodline, Bad Idea and In My Head.
Ariana went on to receive multiple Grammy nominations for her album, and it is regarded as one of the biggest celebrity snubs in the award show’s history.
Fans were especially upset that there were no wins because Ariana gave the best performance of the night:
The song Thank U, Next had specific controversy surrounding it because it was recorded and released directly after Ariana’s very public broken-off engagement. She also name dropped her exes Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez (her boyfriend from the doughnut scandal), Pete Davidson and Malcolm McCornick (Mac Miller).
The album also addressed how Ariana dealt with her ex lover passing away while being in a whirlwind engagement.
The most lasting impact of the album was when Ariana Grande dropped 7 Rings, a hip-hop / pop infused song with a classical music sample from The Sound Of Music (which cost 90% of royalties).
7 rings was called out as a stolen song by Princess Nokia (no resemblance), Soulja Boy (no resemblance) and 2 Chainz (actual inspiration) and the drama was put to rest when 7 Rings surpassed all the original songs, and a remix with 2 chainz was made.
Since Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande has released 3 new songs which also debuted at number 1. She has also become the most streamed female singer on Apple Music and Spotify, the most subscribed female singer on YouTube and countless other achievements.