Pop superstar Ariana Grande is currently entrenched in release week of her latest album, Sweetener. Across the 14-track LP, her fans have chosen “Breathin” as their top favorite. On Aug. 19, they pushed the anxiety-battling bop to No. 1 on the iTunes chart.
Sweetener is the fourth studio album by Grande. It was preceded by the singles “No Tears Left to Cry,” which went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the promotional “The Light is Coming” featuring Nicki Minaj and “God is a Woman.” Instead of any of the previously-released songs leading the Sweetener pack on iTunes, album track “Breathin” has pushed past “God,” her highest charting digital single at the moment. It’s not just ahead of Ariana’s other songs, “Breathin” has unexpectedly topped the iTunes chart, taking the No. 1 spot from the late Aretha Franklin, who led with “Respect” after her passing on Aug. 16.
There’s been no push from Grande, her team or her label for “Breathin,” but her fans made their affinity for it known. In an emotional interview last week with Beats 1, Ariana spoke to the issues that “Breathin” encapsulates. “Mental health is so important,” she said. “People don’t pay enough mind to it because we have things to do. People don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside.”
Grande wrote “Breathin” with hit-makers Peter Svensson, Savan Kotecha and Ilya. Lofty synths and hard-hitting beats back Ariana fighting an anxiety episode. “Just keep breathin and breathin and breathin and breathin,” she reminds herself. It’s a dreamy slice of pop that doubles as a sweet self-care reminder for anyone having one of those days.
The push for “Breathin” as single No. 3 from Sweetener is real. As if taking the song to No. 1 on iTunes wasn’t enough, some fans have edited the album’s Wikipedia page to show it as Grande’s next single though nothing is confirmed yet. With the positive response to “Breathin,” fans will most likely not have to hold their breath for this to happen later on.
Listen to “Breathin” on Spotify here.
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