Bloodline (Ariana Grande song)

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"Bloodline"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019
Studio Wolf Cousins (Stockholm, Sweden)
Genre Reggae-pop
Length3:36
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Max Martin
  • Ilya

"Bloodline" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next (2019) through Republic Records. It was written by Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, and its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Florida to a family of New York-Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13) and in its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14). Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

<i>Thank U, Next</i> 2019 album by Ariana Grande

Thank U, Next is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released on February 8, 2019, by Republic Records. Following the release of her previous studio album Sweetener (2018), Grande began working on a new album in October of the same year, enlisting writers and producers such as Tommy Brown, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Andrew "Pop" Wansel. The album was created in the midst of personal matters, including the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her break up with fiancé Pete Davidson.

Republic Records record label, division of Universal Music Group

Republic Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before reverting to its original name in 2012.

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Background

The song was confirmed on Instagram on January 22, 2019. [1]

On January 23, 2019, Grande said that this song is about "wanting somebody but not enough to have them in your bloodline". [2]

The record features a sound bite from Marjorie Grande, Grande's grandmother, in which she is talking about a hearing aid. However, Grande cut it down so it sounds like she is talking about sex. Grande also stated that she used this sound bite because her grandmother is the "matriarch of the bloodline". [3]

Composition and lyrics

Max Martin (pictured in 2015) co-wrote and co-produced the song. Max Martin.jpg
Max Martin (pictured in 2015) co-wrote and co-produced the song.

It was written by Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, and its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh. Grande's vocals were recorded by at the Wolf Cousins Studios in Stockholm. It is a reggae-pop song with R&B influences, that contains brassy horns and a pounding bass. [4] [5] [6] It has been compared to Grande's 2016 single "Side to Side" and "Greedy" from Dangerous Woman. [6]

Savan Harish Kotecha is a multiple Grammy and Golden Globe nominated American songwriter and record producer from Austin, Texas. Kotecha is of Indian descent.

Max Martin Swedish record producer and songwriter from Stockholm

Martin Sandberg, known professionally as Max Martin, is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and singer. He rose to prominence in the second half of the 1990s after making a string of major hits such as Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" (1998), The Backstreet Boys's "I Want It That Way" (1999) and NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" (2000).

Ilya Salmanzadeh, known mononymously as ILYA, is a Swedish Persian songwriter, producer and singer. He rose to prominence after co-writing and producing Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Jennifer Lopez's "First Love".

Critical reception

The song received favorable reviews from the music critics. Michael Cragg of The Guardian stated that the song "posits the idea that maybe it’s best to just see how things go relationship-wise and getting engaged after a few months isn’t essential", believing that this song is about Pete Davidson, Grande's ex-fiance. [7] Tegwyn Hughes of The Queen's Journal says that along with fellow album tracks "bad idea" and "make up," the song "leave[s] behind notions of romance in favour of sexuality and fun without attachment." [8]

<i>The Guardian</i> British national daily newspaper

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and changed its name in 1959. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, the Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust. The trust was created in 1936 to "secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference". The trust was converted into a limited company in 2008, with a constitution written so as to maintain for The Guardian the same protections as were built into the structure of the Scott Trust by its creators. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than distributed to owners or shareholders.

Pete Davidson American stand-up comedian

Peter Michael Davidson is an American comedian and actor. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild 'n Out, and Failosophy. He has performed stand-up comedy on Adam DeVine's House Party, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, and guest-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

<i>The Queens Journal</i>

The Queen's Journal is the main student-run newspaper at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The paper was founded in 1873 and has been continually publishing ever since. It is as old as The Harvard Crimson, the oldest continuously published student newspaper in the United States. The Journal is published twice a week, usually on Tuesdays and Fridays. The 2018-19 Editors in Chief are Sebastian Bron and Nick Pearce. The publication is an editorially autonomous paper, guaranteed by the Alma Mater Society of Queen's University and its constitution and by-laws.

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [9] 11
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [10] 18
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [11] 26
France (SNEP) [12] 97
Germany (Official German Charts) [13] 42
Greece (IFPI) [14] 6
Hungary (Single Top 40) [15] 8
Hungary (Stream Top 40) [16] 12
Italy (FIMI) [17] 98
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [18] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [19] 28
Norway (VG-lista) [20] 24
Portugal (AFP) [21] 18
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [22] 39
Singapore (RIAS) [23] 15
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [24] 11
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [25] 61
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [26] 24
US Billboard Hot 100 [27] 22

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