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"God Is a Woman"
God Is a Woman single cover.png
Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Sweetener
ReleasedJuly 13, 2018 (2018-07-13)
Format
Genre
Length3:17
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Ilya
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Bed"
(2018)
"God Is a Woman"
(2018)
"Breathin"
(2018)
Music video
"God Is a Woman" on YouTube

"God Is a Woman" (stylized in sentence case) [4] is a song by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on July 13, 2018, as the second single from Grande's fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). The song was written by Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and its producer Ilya.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. One of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range and has received various accolades, including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award and three American Music Awards.

<i>Sweetener</i> (album) 2018 studio album by Ariana Grande

Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.

Max Martin Swedish record producer and songwriter from Stockholm

Karl 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).

Contents

"God Is a Woman" debuted at number eleven and later reached a peak of number eight becoming Grande's tenth top-ten single on the US Billboard Hot 100. It became her fourth single to top the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. The song also attained a top-ten peak within the charts of seventeen countries, including number four in the United Kingdom and Ireland, number five in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as well as reaching the top-twenty in Austria, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

The Mainstream Top 40 is a 40-song music chart published weekly by Billboard Magazine which ranks the most popular songs being played on a panel of Top 40 radio stations in the United States. The rankings are based on radio airplay detections as measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a subsidiary of the U.S.' leading marketing research company. Consumer researchers, Nielsen Audio, refers to the format as contemporary hit radio (CHR).

61st Annual Grammy Awards 61st Annual Grammy Awards for 2019

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Background and release

"God Is a Woman" was first teased in a scene in the music video for lead single "No Tears Left to Cry", which displayed what appears to be a working track listing for the upcoming album. [5] Grande confirmed the title on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018. [6] On June 27, Grande revealed that the song would become the official second single from her album. [7] She initially announced on Twitter that the song would be released on July 20, however, she later confirmed the release date as July 13. [8]

No Tears Left to Cry 2018 single by Ariana Grande

"No Tears Left to Cry" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album, Sweetener (2018). Written by Grande, Savan Kotecha and its producers Max Martin and Ilya, it was released by Republic Records as the album's lead single on April 20, 2018, alongside its music video. The song is a dance-pop and disco song with a UK garage beat.

A working title, sometimes called a production title or a tentative title, is the temporary title of a product or project used during its development, usually used in filmmaking, television production, novel, video game development, or music album.

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Composition and lyrics

"God Is a Woman" is a midtempo pop song that runs for three minutes and 17 seconds. [1] [9] It was characterized as a hybrid of hip hop and pop, and was noted for its trap production and influences of reggae. [2] [1] [3] Time described the song as "an anthemic, sultry banger", and noted that "Grande's voice is layered so that it sounds like a choir, but really, it's only her, multiplied." [10] The song contains assertive lyrics embracing her femininity and intertwining themes of sexuality and spirituality. [11] [12]

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Trap is a style of hip hop music that was developed in the late 1990s to early 2000s in the Southern United States. It is typified by sub-divided hi-hats, heavy, sub-bass layered kick drums in the style of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, typically in half time syncopated rhythms, layered with drones expressed by muted or slightly muted abstract or orchestral synthesizers and an overall melancholy to dark ambience and lyrical content. The term "trap" referred to places where drug deals take place. In the 2010s, artists crossbred trap with dubstep to create trap EDM.

The song is performed in the key of E minor with a tempo of 72–76 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of Em – D/E – Em – D/E – Cmaj7 – D/C –Am7 – Bm7, and Grande's vocals span from E3 to E6. [13]

E-flat minor tonality

E-flat minor is a minor scale based on E, consisting of the pitches E, F, G, A, B, C, and D. Its key signature consists of six flats. Its relative key is G-flat major and its parallel key is E-flat major. The direct enharmonic equivalent of E-flat minor is D-sharp minor, a key signature of six sharps.

In musical terminology, tempo is the speed or pace of a given piece. In classical music, tempo is typically indicated with an instruction at the start of a piece and is usually measured in beats per minute. In modern classical compositions, a "metronome mark" in beats per minute may supplement or replace the normal tempo marking, while in modern genres like electronic dance music, tempo will typically simply be stated in bpm.

The time signature is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats (pulses) are contained in each measure (bar), and which note value is equivalent to a beat.

Critical reception

Mike Nied of Idolator described it as "a sexually liberated bop", writing: "The beat picks up as [Grande] moves into the chorus. Incorporating a hip-hop edge, her voice gets progressively breathier. Although the single is obviously a sexy banger, it also includes a resilient message. In the face of critics, she defiantly takes a stand." [12] Bryan Rolli of Forbes.com called it "an impressive show of both virtuosity and restraint" and "one of the best pop songs of the summer—if not the year". He also praised Grande's vocal performance "sprinkling her signature falsetto across the sultry chorus and reining in her vocal acrobatics in the verses. She tries on different flows at her whim, singing slow, seductive come-ons ("I can tell that you know I know how I want it") and riffing on Migos' triplet flow in the pre-choruses. The track is full of chilly, hypnotic trap beats, tasteful drops and electronic squawks, atop which Grande harmonizes with herself to suck listeners into the world she's created for three-and-a-half minutes. [Grande] performs with a maturity that her last two singles lacked, taking a fairly simple formula—heroic female pop vocals plus entrancing trap beats—and turning it into a bite-sized masterpiece. The track probably won't put to bed any controversial theological debates, but it sure made a lot of people believe in something tonight." [14]

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Migos American hip hop trio

Migos is an American hip hop group from Lawrenceville, Georgia, founded in 2008. They are composed of three rappers known by their stage names Takeoff, Offset and Quavo. They are managed by Coach K, the former manager of Atlanta-based rappers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and frequently collaborate with producers such as Zaytoven, DJ Durel, Murda Beatz, and Metro Boomin.

Accolades

YearOrganizationAwardResultRef.
2019 Grammy Awards Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated

Commercial performance

Upon release, "God Is a Woman" began receiving early radio support in the United States. The song drew in 172 spins from 52 Mediabase-monitored pop stations across the country on the final tracking period days. [16] On the issue dated July 28, 2018, "God Is a Woman" debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling 43,000 digital downloads during its opening week, allowing it to enter the Digital Songs chart at number four while starting on the Streaming Songs chart at number 11 with 25.1 million US streams. [17] In its second week, the song fell ten positions to number 21 on the Hot 100. The song also entered Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 at number 27, moving up to number 23 the following week. It later reached number one on the chart, becoming Grande's eleventh top-ten single and fourth to reach the summit of the chart. [18] [19] In March 2019, "God Is a Woman" was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments exceeding two million units in the United States. [20]

Following the release of Sweetener and its performance at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on August 20, 2018, "God Is a Woman" jumped 22 positions on the Hot 100 from number 30 to number 8, becoming Grande's tenth top-ten single there and placing her as the twelfth overall artist and seventh female artist with the most Hot 100 top 10s in the 2010s decade. [21] The song subsequently rose to number 8 on Streaming Songs and climbed to number 39 on Billboard Radio Songs that week. It has since reached number six there, earning Grande her ninth top-ten on the Radio Songs chart and giving her the most top 10s among women since her first, "Problem" in June 2014, surpassing Taylor Swift who has amassed eight since that date. [22] On the Billboard Dance Club Songs, "God Is a Woman" debuted at number 42 on the issue dated August 25, 2018, climbing to number 31 the following week. The song later topped the chart, becoming her second consecutive number one and third overall; consequently, Sweetener became her first album to spawn multiple top 10s on that chart. Similarly, the track also peaked at number six on the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. In Canada, the song debuted at number five on the Canadian Hot 100. [23]

In the United Kingdom, "God Is a Woman" entered the Official Trending Chart at number one following its release, with the song set to debut in the top ten of the chart regardless of any added points. [24] On July 20, 2018, the song opened at number four on the UK Singles Chart, where it became her seventh top-ten single in the country. [25] It also debuted on the UK R&B chart at number two, becoming her highest charting entry there. [26] Similarly, it entered the Irish Singles Chart at number four, and at number eight on the Scottish Singles Chart. In Australia, the song debuted at its peak of number five on the ARIA Charts, marking her seventh top-ten entry there as well. [27]

Music video

The lyric video for "God Is a Woman" premiered on Grande's YouTube channel alongside the release of the single. The video visualizes a cloud-filled background that transitions to a cosmic scene, ending with a still shot of the singer. The official music video was released later the same day. It was directed by Dave Meyers and features a monologue by Madonna, where she paraphrases the version of Ezekiel 25:17 that appears in the movie Pulp Fiction . [28] [29] The video pays homage to The Creation of Adam , Romulus and Remus, astronomy, female genitalia, and other visual imagery similar to that of "No Tears Left to Cry", also directed by Meyers, as well as Greek mythology. [30] The video has been viewed more than 200 million times. [31]

Live performances

Grande performing "God Is a Woman" at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Ariana Grande - God Is A Woman VMA 2018.jpg
Grande performing "God Is a Woman" at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Grande performed "God Is a Woman" for the first time on August 20, 2018 at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The performance was themed around the Last Supper and Grande was accompanied onstage with over 50 female dancers. Grande was joined by her mother, grandmother and cousin toward the end of the performance and after Grande finished singing, the four of them bowed together before exiting the stage. [32] She also performed an acoustic version of the song the same week on Good Morning America. [33]

"God Is a Woman" was included on the set list for The Sweetener Sessions, a promotional tour in support of her Sweetener album. The song is also included in her Sweetener World Tour.

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal. [34]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [93] Platinum70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) [94] Platinum40,000*
Canada (Music Canada) [95] 2× Platinum160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) [96] Gold45,000^
Italy (FIMI) [97] Gold25,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
New Zealand (RMNZ) [98] Gold15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) [99] Gold400,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United States (RIAA) [20] 2× Platinum2,000,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabelRef.
VariousJuly 13, 2018 Republic [100]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Universal [101]
United Kingdom Island [102]
United StatesJuly 24, 2018Republic [103]
August 7, 2018 [lower-alpha 1] Rhythmic contemporary radio [105]

See also

Notes

  1. "God Is a Woman" was originally set to be released to rhythmic contemporary radio on July 24, 2018, along with contemporary hit radio, but it was rescheduled to August 7. [104]

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