NASA (Ariana Grande song)

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"NASA"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019
Studio The Jungle City Studios (New York, New York)
Length3:02
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tommy Brown
  • Charles Anderson

"NASA" is a song by Ariana Grande from her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next (2019). It was released on February 8, 2019 through Republic Records. It was written by Ariana Grande, Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx, and its producers Tommy Brown and Charles Anderson.

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.

Contents

Recording and production

The track features a spoken introduction by Shangela (pictured in 2017). Shangela Laquifa Wadley at DragCon, April 2017.png
The track features a spoken introduction by Shangela (pictured in 2017).

"NASA", named after the U.S. space agency of the same name, [1] was written by Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx and its producers Tommy Brown and Charles Anderson. Grande's vocals were recorded by at the Jungle City Studios in New York City. Serban Ghenea mixed the track, and Brendan Morawski and Billy Hickey engineered the track assisted by Sean Kline.[ citation needed ]

NASA space-related agency of the United States government

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

Victoria Monét American singer

Victoria Monét McCants is an American singer and songwriter. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church and performing in a city dance team. She soon took to writing and began working with producer Rodney Jerkins. Previously signed to Atlantic Records, In 2014, Monét released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and the following year released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2. She has also written songs for artists such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Nas, T.I., GOOD Music, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Coco Jones, Chris Brown, Diddy Dirty Money, Janelle Monáe, and Jasmine V.

Taylor Monet Parks, also known by the stage name Tayla Parx, is an American singer-songwriter, and actress. In 2018, Parks was credited as a co-writer on four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles; "Love Lies" by Khalid and Normani, "Thank U, Next" and "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande, and "High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco.

The track features a spoken introduction by Shangela, an American drag queen. She says, "One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind", [2] a variation on Neil Armstrong's quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." [3] Shangela has said of the origins of her contribution to the track:

Shangela American entertainer

Shangela Laquifa Wadley, born Darius Jeremy Pierce and often mononymously addressed as Shangela, is an American drag queen, reality television personality best known for competing on RuPaul's Drag Race. Shangela was the first contestant eliminated in season two, and returned as a surprise contestant in the series' third season, placing sixth. He returned once again for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars where he finished in third/fourth place alongside winner of the first season, BeBe Zahara Benet. Shangela has also made several television appearances and regularly performs across the United States and Canada.

Drag queen a person who dresses and acts with exaggerated femininity for performance purposes

Drag queens are performance artists, almost always male, who dress in women's clothing and often act with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles with a primarily entertaining purpose. They often exaggerate make-up such as eyelashes for dramatic, comedic or satirical effect. Drag queens are closely associated with gay men and gay culture, but can be of any sexual orientation or gender identity. They vary widely by class, culture, and dedication, from professionals who star in films to people who try drag very occasionally.

Neil Armstrong American astronaut; first person to walk on the moon

Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer who was the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also a naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.

The song ['NASA'] was amazing, and when the song ended, she was like, 'What do you think?' And I was like, 'Oh girl, I live! I love it, and it's amazing! I'm already thinking of how I'm going to perform it for my drag number, when I do my version.' And she looked at me said, 'Your version?' And I said, 'I'm just going to put a fun intro on it for drag, and I'm going to be in a spacesuit with like space-Titties and I'm going to come out in a moon man suit and I'm going to lift the mask and say, 'This is one small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind.' And she was like, 'Oh my God! I love that!' [4]

Commercial performance

Following the release of the parent album, "NASA" debuted on at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 issue dated February 23, 2019, becoming Grande's 18th top-twenty hit on that chart. [5] Consequently, this made Thank U, Next the first album to have five top-twenty entries on the Hot 100 since Taylor Swift's Reputation in 2018.[ citation needed ]

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.

Taylor Swift American singer-songwriter

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage.

<i>Reputation</i> (Taylor Swift album) Taylor Swift album

Reputation is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on November 10, 2017, through Big Machine Records. The record was primarily produced by Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback and Swift herself, who also serves as the executive producer. Artists featured on the album include English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and American rapper Future.

Reception

The Atlantic 's Spencer Kornhaber wrote, "On the top-tier bop 'NASA,' which evokes Grande's sonic godmother Mariah Carey without recycling her, she kindly but firmly asks a lover for a night apart." [6] In his review of Thank U, Next, Michael Cragg of The Guardian said of the song, "The springy, joyous NASA, which harks back to her debut, 2013's Yours Truly , takes the theme of planetary exploration and turns it into a plea for space (geddit?)." [7]

<i>The Atlantic</i> Magazine and multi-platform publisher based in Washington, D.C.

The Atlantic is an American magazine and multi-platform publisher.

Mariah Carey American female singer-songwriter

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style, and signature use of the whistle register. She rose to fame in 1990 after signing to Columbia Records and releasing her eponymous debut album, which topped the US Billboard 200 for eleven consecutive weeks. Soon after, Carey became the first and only artist to have their first five singles reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions".

<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.

Carolyn Bernucca of Complex said, "The standout track, 'NASA,' is punctuated by thumping bass and trap drums that have made their way from Atlanta all the way into mainstream pop." [8] Mathew Rodriguez of Out wrote, "On this banger, Ari demands distance from a smothering loved one, but it’s also very much an ode to self-care, something everyone in Grande’s target demographic — everyone — thinks about. The good news is that the verses are killer and succeed at establishing the kind of mood Grande wants to create. That said, the chorus here feels a little mismatched with the rest of the song. It’s not that it’s bad, but the rest of the song is so chill, that her Toni Basil-like repetition of “space” over and over feels a little underwritten." [9]

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [10] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [11] 17
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [12] 39
France (SNEP) [13] 128
Germany (Official German Charts) [14] 65
Hungary (Stream Top 40) [15] 18
Malaysia (RIM) [16] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [17] 41
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [18] 30
Portugal (AFP) [19] 16
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [20] 42
Singapore (RIAS) [21] 14
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [22] 23
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [23] 85
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [24] 51
US Billboard Hot 100 [25] 17

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