Needy (song)

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"Needy"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019
RecordedOctober 2018
Studio The Record Plant (New York, New York)
Length2:51
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Tommy Brown

"Needy" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next (2019) through Republic Records. It was written by Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, and its producer Tommy Brown.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. After starring in the 2008 Broadway musical 13, she rose to prominence for her portrayal of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13), and 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

Background

On October 4, 2018, Grande dropped a 45-second snippet on her Instagram with the caption "tell me how good it feels to be needed". [1] On November 5, 2018, Grande posted a second snippet alongside a video of Piggy Smallz on her Instagram Story. [2] On November 15, Grande shared a video of her singing a part of "Needy" with a piano. [3]

The song was also teased on the music video released on November 7, 2018, for Grande's single "Breathin" from her fourth studio album, Sweetener and also on the music video of the lead single from the album "Thank U, Next".[ citation needed ]

"Breathin" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). It was written by Grande, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, and its producer Ilya Salmanzadeh. The song was sent to US contemporary hit radio on September 18, 2018, serving as the album's third single. Lyrically, the song speaks about how breathing is affected when suffering from anxiety and is based on Grande's own experience.

<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.

Thank U, Next (song) 2018 single by Ariana Grande

"Thank U, Next" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, released as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2019). The song was released on November 3, 2018, without any prior official announcement or promotion. The track was written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster. Lyrically, the song reflects on Grande's past relationships.

Recording and production

Victoria Monet (pictured in 2017) co-wrote the song. Victoria Monet1.jpg
Victoria Monét (pictured in 2017) co-wrote the song.

It was written by Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx and Tommy Brown, who also handled the production. Grande's vocals were recorded by at the Record Plant in New York City. Serban Ghenea mixed the track, and Brendan Morawski as the engineer assisted by Sean Kline.

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. In 2019 she won a Grammy for her song credits to Ariana Grande's 2018 album, 'Sweetener'.

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.

Thomas Lee "Tommy" Brown, also known as Tommy Brown or TB Hits, is an American recording artist, musician, multiplatinum record producer and songwriter. Tommy currently lives in LA and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has received awards from ASCAP, and was Grammy nominated. He has scored multiple chart topping albums while working with Ariana Grande on her debut #1 album Yours Truly, and her second #1 album My Everything, lastly, Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman charting #2 on Billboard 200. Brown has also collected production credits for three songs on Grammy-award-winning artist Meghan Trainor's second album, Thank You. Brown's upcoming releases are DJ Khaled's next single "Forgive Me Father" feat Trainor & Wale, and Macy Gray's single "Sugar Daddy" feat Andre 3000. Tommy Brown is also a music producer. He has produced for many prominent artists including Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, Chris Brown, Black Eyed Peas, T.I, Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Pia Mia, Macy Gray, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean, Meghan Trainor, Victoria Monet, Meek Mill, Ludacris, Ray J and Gorilla Zoe. He learned from production greats Roy "Royalty" Hamilton and Rodney Jerkins of Darkchild, while working alongside them and eventually creating a team of his own and producing with them.

Critical reception

The song received favorable reviews from the music critics. Ross Horton from The Line of Best Fit called the song "sexy, lights-off r'n'b, rich and juicy in equal measure, like some of Rihanna's more sensual moments". [4] Michael Cragg of The Guardian stated that the song "unravels like a series of confessional, self-aware text messages, the sort that aren't necessarily asking for a reply". [5] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine said that in this song that Grande is not afraid to admit that she is "needy". [6]

The Line of Best Fit is an independent online magazine based in London, concentrating on new music. It publishes independent music reviews, features, interview, and media. Founded by Richard Thane in February 2007 and currently edited by Paul Bridgewater, the webzine's name derives from a song on Death Cab For Cutie's You Can Play These Songs with Chords.

Rihanna Barbadian singer, businesswoman, and actress

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in her home country in 2003. Throughout 2004, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of Rogers; this led to her securing a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after she auditioned for its then-president, Jay-Z. Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005) and its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006). Both albums peaked within the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles "Pon de Replay", "SOS", and "Unfaithful".

<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.

Commercial performance

The song debuted on February 23, 2019 at number 14, being Grande's 17th top twenty hit and her highest-charting non-single in the US. [7]

Live performances

Grande performed the song for the first time at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards.[ citation needed ] She also performed the song on her Sweetener World Tour.[ citation needed ]

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [8] 13
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [9] 16
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [10] 39
France (SNEP) [11] 100
Germany (Official German Charts) [12] 65
Hungary (Single Top 40) [13] 31
Hungary (Stream Top 40) [14] 18
Iceland (Tonlist) [15] 40
Ireland (IRMA) [16] 5
Malaysia (RIM) [17] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [18] 41
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [19] 11
Portugal (AFP) [20] 16
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [21] 42
Singapore (RIAS) [22] 10
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [23] 23
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [24] 69
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [25] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [26] 8
US Billboard Hot 100 [27] 14

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