Pop superstar Ariana Grande released her new album Thank U, Next on Feb. 8. Her follow-up to last year's Sweetener comes less than six months later. In between both albums, she's been through the ringer as one of today's high-profile artists. Grande lost her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller from what was determined to be an accidental drug overdose and later broke things off her with ex-fiancé, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson. Thank U, Next is a much darker and deeper album than its predecessor that paints a woman who is ready to move on from the drama. Beyond the singles, here are five more songs to check out on it.
Grande regrouped with pop producers Max Martin and Ilya for "Bloodline," her ode to flings over a serious romance. A horn heralds her in as she lays out the grounds rules. "I ain't looking for my one true love / Yeah, that ship sailed away," she sings. Grande goes straight for the jugular with this red-hot pop banger.
4. "In My Head"
On "In My Head," Grande teamed up with forward-sounding producers Pop Wansel and Happy Perez. Atop swirling synths and trap music beats, Grande reaches the realization that the man she fell in love with isn't what she dreamed of. "I thought you were the one, but it was all in my head," Grande wails. Her imagination gets the best of her on this headstrong knockout.
Grande blasts off on "NASA," a song she wrote with frequent collaborators Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx and producer Tommy Brown. Bouncy electronic beats back Grande as she champions having some "me-time" in a relationship. "Baby, I can't really miss you when I'm with you," she sings. The word of "NASA" is preached to the heavens thanks to Grande's out-of-this-world vocals.
2. "Fake Smile"
"Fake Smile" rides on a sample of the 1960s song "After the Laughter (Comes Tears)" by Wendy Rene. Grande unloads about her anxiety struggles and all the media coverage that's come with it. The plucky production blends old school with new school as she repeatedly sings, "F**k a fake smile." Grande gets real on this vulnerable and bold R&B bop.
The most personal song on Thank U, Next is "Ghostin," Grande's tribute to her late ex-boyfriend Miller. Over a sample of his song "2009," she apologizes to her man at the moment (speculated to be Davidson) about "ghostin" him to cope with Miller's loss. "I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again over him," Grande sings. Her heartbreaking situation begets a beautifully haunting ballad.