Pete Davidson (song)

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"Pete Davidson"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Sweetener
ReleasedAugust 17, 2018
RecordedMay 2018
Length1:13
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tommy Brown
  • Charles Anderson
Sweetener chronology
"Goodnight n Go"
(13)
"Pete Davidson"
(2018)
"Get Well Soon"
(15)

"Pete Davidson" is a song from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener . It was released through Republic Records on August 17, 2018. The song was written by Grande, Victoria Monét and its producers Tommy Brown and Charles Anderson. The song is named after Grande's then-fiancé, comedian Pete Davidson.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

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

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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

This is about Pete Davidson. I was like, why not? You know? Be direct. [1]

– Grande about renaming the track

Pete Davidson, the subject of the song, in 2015 Pete Davidson in 2015 (17073107891).jpg
Pete Davidson, the subject of the song, in 2015

The song was the last song recorded for Sweetener. [2]

The song was written when Grande and her now ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson, began dating. It was first teased on May 31, 2018, after Grande posted her first picture with Davidson on Instagram with the description: "i thought u into my life 💭 woah ! look at my mind 💡⚡️🙈". [3] This lyric was a hint of this song. On June 7, 2018, Grande confirmed that recently she recorded an interlude for Sweetener. [2] On June 17, 2018, she posted a snippet of the interlude, then on the same day, confirmed the title "Pete". The song was later renamed to "Pete Davidson".[ citation needed ]

Critical reception

The song generally received favorable reviews. Neil McCormick in The Daily Telegraph wrote that the song is "utterly gorgeous, a sweet nothing dissolving into blissful oohs." [4] The Irish Times ' Louis Bruton said the song "adds a lightness to the record."[ citation needed ] Brittany Spanos from Rolling Stone said that "Pete Davidson" is "a song that gets the point across with its title alone, she's found her serenity."[ citation needed ]

<i>The Daily Telegraph</i> British daily broadsheet newspaper

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Live performances

Grande debuted "Pete Davidson" live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions.[ citation needed ]

The Sweetener Sessions 2018 concert series by Ariana Grande

The Sweetener Sessions was the first promotional tour by Ariana Grande, in support of her fourth studio album Sweetener (2018). It began on August 20, 2018 in New York, United States and ended on September 4, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

However, due to their breakup, Grande did not feature the song on the Sweetener World Tour set list.

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Charts

Chart (2018)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [5] 58
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [6] 73
Portugal (AFP) [7] 87
US Billboard Hot 100 [8] 99

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