Imagine (Ariana Grande song)

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"Imagine"
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Promotional single by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
A-side "Thank U, Next"
ReleasedDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Format
RecordedOctober 2018
Genre
Length3:32
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Pop Wansel
  • Happy Perez

"Imagine" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. The song was written by Grande, Jameel Roberts and Priscilla Renea alongside its producers Pop Wansel and Happy Perez. It was released on December 14, 2018, as the first promotional single from her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). [1] [2] Lyrically, the song speaks about Grande's denial of failed relationships. [3]

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Commercially, the song reached the top 10 in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, as well as the top 20 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Scotland. The track also peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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.

Background and release

On December 11, 2018, Grande teased the song with a post on her Instagram story, with a countdown of its official release. [4] The song was previewed a day later, [5] with Grande tweeting the title using Chinese characters. [6] [7] The song and its official lyric video were released simultaneously on December 14, 2018, with the latter featuring a glitching background of a collapsing glacier. [8]

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Composition

"Imagine" is a R&B/pop ballad with a trap-inspired rhythm. [9] [10] The song also features multiple whistle notes [11] and its lyrics speak about Grande's denial of failed relationships. [3] [12] Grande's vocals span from A3 to C7. [13]

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Ballad form of verse, often a narrative set to music

A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads derive from the medieval French chanson balladée or ballade, which were originally "danced songs". Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of Ireland and Britain from the later medieval period until the 19th century. They were widely used across Europe, and later in Australia, North Africa, North America and South America. Ballads are often 13 lines with an ABABBCBC form, consisting of couplets of rhymed verse, each of 14 syllables. Another common form is ABAB or ABCB repeated, in alternating 8 and 6 syllable lines.

Lyric video

The lyric video that accompanies this song was released on the same day as the song. The lyric video shows the song's lyrics on a glitching glacier background. [14]

Live performances

Grande performed Imagine live for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , on December 18, 2018. [15]

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The song was excluded from the set list of the Sweetener World Tour because it was "too heavy" to perform, according to Grande. [16]

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal. [1]

Charts

Chart (2018–19)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [17] 15
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [18] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) [19] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [20] 17
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [21] 35
France (SNEP) [22] 110
Germany (Official German Charts) [23] 60
Greece Digital Songs ( Billboard ) [24] 1
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI) [25] 5
Hungary (Single Top 40) [26] 3
Hungary (Stream Top 40) [27] 18
Ireland (IRMA) [28] 4
Italy (FIMI) [29] 64
Malaysia (RIM) [30] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [31] 38
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [32] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [33] 16
Portugal (AFP) [34] 19
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [35] 11
Singapore (RIAS) [36] 10
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [37] 8
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [38] 80
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [39] 51
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [40] 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [41] 8
US Billboard Hot 100 [42] 21

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [43] Gold35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [44] Silver200,000Double-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.
VariousDecember 14, 2018 Republic [1] [45]
February 2019 7-inch vinyl [46]

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