Sweetener (album)

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Sweetener
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ReleasedAugust 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)
RecordedJuly 2016 – May 2018 [1] [2]
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Length47:25
Label Republic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
The Best
(2017)
Sweetener
(2018)
Thank U, Next
(2019)
Singles from Sweetener
  1. "No Tears Left to Cry"
    Released: April 20, 2018
  2. "God Is a Woman"
    Released: July 13, 2018
  3. "Breathin"
    Released: September 18, 2018

Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. [6] 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.

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.

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.

<i>Dangerous Woman</i> 2016 studio album by Ariana Grande

Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released by Republic Records on May 20, 2016. The album is the follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014), and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. The album was originally called Moonlight after the opening track on the album, with the song "Focus" being the intended lead single. However, the album's name was later changed to Dangerous Woman, with "Focus" being removed from the album's standard track listing, though it remains as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album. Dangerous Woman is primarily a pop and R&B album, with influences of dance-pop, disco, house, trap, and reggae genres. Grande, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha were the album's executive producers.

Contents

The album received universal critical acclaim, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 231,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, of which 127,000 were from pure sales. The album was Grande's third release to reach the top position in the country, and subsequently marked the largest opening week numbers of her career until Thank U, Next (2019), released approximately six months later. It also topped several international album charts, including in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, earning a gold certification in the latter. Sweetener won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 61st ceremony, marking Grande's first career Grammy win.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Album-equivalent unit album

The album-equivalent unit is a measurement unit in music industry to define the consumption of music that equals the purchase of one album copy. This consumption includes streaming and song downloads in addition to traditional album sales. The album-equivalent unit was introduced in the mid-2010s as an answer to the drop of album sales in the 21st century. Album sales more than halved from 1999 to 2009, declining from a $14.6 to $6.3 billion industry. For instance, the only albums that went platinum in the United States in 2014 were the Frozen soundtrack and Taylor Swift's 1989, whereas several artists did in 2013.

<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.

The album has spawned three top-twenty singles in the United States. The lead single, "No Tears Left to Cry", was released on April 20, 2018 alongside its music video, and debuted and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. "The Light Is Coming", featuring Minaj, was released as a promotional single on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album. "God Is a Woman" was released as the second single on July 13, 2018, and peaked at number eight, while the third single "Breathin" debuted at number 22 following the album release and later peaked at number 12. Grande embarked on a series of concerts entitled The Sweetener Sessions to promote the album. In support of both Sweetener and her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, Grande embarked on the Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019 and is set to end on October 13, 2019.

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.

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 Light Is Coming 2018 song by Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj

"The Light Is Coming" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj. Both artists co-wrote the song with its producer Pharrell Williams. It was released on June 20, 2018, as the first promotional single from Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener. The track debuted at number 95 and peaked at number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background and recording

On November 13, 2016, Grande stated on Snapchat that she had finished her fourth album. She later clarified by saying, "I didn't mean to make an album, and I don't know if it's done at all, but I just have a bunch of songs that I really really like. I've been working a lot and have been creating and feeling inspired." [7] [8] In December 2017, she confirmed that she was still working on the album. [9]

Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app used globally, created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University, and developed by Snap Inc., originally Snapchat Inc.

Grande's manager Scooter Braun told Variety that the album has a more mature sound: "It's time for [Ariana] to sing the songs that define her ... Whitney, Mariah, Adele – when they sing, that's their song. Ariana has big vocal moments; it's time for her song." [10] Pharrell Williams told Los Angeles Times : "The things that [Ariana] has to say on this album, it's pretty next-level." [11] Producers Max Martin and Savan Kotecha were later confirmed to have collaborated with Grande in the album. [12] On December 28, 2017, Grande shared several pictures of her in the studio throughout the year. [13] The following week, Grande shared a snippet from the album on her Instagram, which was later revealed to be a track titled "Get Well Soon". [14]

Scooter Braun American talent manager and businessman

Scott Samuel "Scooter" Braun is an American entrepreneur, talent manager, investor, philanthropist, and entertainment executive. The founder of entertainment and media company SB Projects, Braun represents Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Martin Garrix, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, Kanye West, and Tori Kelly among others. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016. Braun is also co-founder of the comic-film studio, Mythos Studios, along with Hollywood producer David Maisel.

Whitney Houston American singer, actress, model, and record producer

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"—influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps.

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".

On April 16, 2018, it was reported that Grande may move up the lead single release to April 20, 2018, due to labelmate Post Malone's album being released on April 27. [15] On April 17, 2018, Grande announced that the album's lead single, "No Tears Left to Cry", would be released on April 20, 2018. [16]

Post Malone American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer

Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer. Post Malone has gained recognition for blending various musical genres, for his introspective songwriting, and his laconic vocal style. Born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Grapevine, Texas, Malone began his hip hop career following the release of his debut single "White Iverson" in 2015.

<i>Beerbongs & Bentleys</i> 2018 studio album by Post Malone

Beerbongs & Bentleys is the second studio album by American rapper Post Malone, released by Republic Records on April 27, 2018. It succeeds Malone's debut album Stoney, released in 2016. The album features guest appearances from Swae Lee, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla Sign, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy and YG. It includes production from frequent collaborators Louis Bell and Frank Dukes, alongside London on da Track, Andrew Watt, Tank God, Twice as Nice, Teddy Walton, Scott Storch and PartyNextDoor, among others. The album was supported by five singles: "Rockstar", "Candy Paint", "Psycho", "Ball for Me" and "Better Now", with "Rockstar" and "Psycho" peaking at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon , Grande announced that her album would be called Sweetener. She said the meaning behind the title is "It's kind of about like bringing light to a situation, or to someone's life, or somebody else who brings light to your life, or sweetening the situation." [17] A May 2018 cover article in Time magazine by Sam Lansky notes that, for the first time with this album, Grande "took the lead on writing". [18] In late May 2018, she announced that the album would feature 15 tracks and three collaborations, which are Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. [19]

In early June 2018, Grande announced at Wango Tango that the album would be available for pre-order on June 20, and "The Light Is Coming" would be released along with it. [20] The second single, "God Is a Woman", was initially scheduled to be released on July 20, 2018, [21] however, she later moved the release forward a week to July 13. [22] Prior to the album's release, Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic commented that the first three singles from the album "sparked with a sense of defiance and rattled mortality ... [a] trifecta of pseudo-spiritualism and sneaky innovation. ... Grande's music and videos radiate [intoxicating, unworried confidence]". [23]

Music and composition

"It's definitely more personal. You know, I feel like Dangerous Woman was a grown-up My Everything, and this is a grown-up Yours Truly."

 Ariana Grande on the album's sound. [24]

Sweetener consists mostly of pop, R&B, and trap songs that include elements of house, funk, neo soul and hip hop music on its beats and productions. [3] [4] [25] The melodies and harmonies on the album are diverse and include uptempo songs and many different down tempo sentimental ballads. [26] It explores a diversity of other music genres, including tropical house, EDM, synthpop and minimalist urban influences. [27] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic stated that the album "deepens the R&B inclinations of 2016's Dangerous Woman ." [26] In an interview with Zach Sang, Grande said: "Listen, the thing that I love most about this project sonically, is that all I really did was sing in my sweet lower register". [28]

Production and lyrics

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Missy Elliott (left), Nicki Minaj (center) and Pharrell Williams (right) all perform on the album, with Williams producing multiple tracks.

The album begins with 38-second a cappella intro, "Raindrops (An Angel Cried)", [29] written by Bob Gaudio and performed by The Four Seasons. The song is known to completely show Grande's vocals. [30] "Blazed" is a high tempo funk-influenced song. [31] It features vocals and background vocals by Pharrell Williams, who also produced the track. [32] She first admitted the name of the song on her Twitter account. [33] Lyrically, it is about "loving someone and being with them."[ citation needed ] "The Light Is Coming" merges hip hop and R&B elements. [34] Grande sings the lyrics "The light is coming / to give back everything the darkness stole". Which is sung over a "jittery beat" that is used with quick drums and synths. [35] [36] It samples a CNN archive clip of a man who is shouting at former senator Arlen Specter at a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania in 2009 concerning healthcare ("You wouldn't let anybody speak for this and instead!"). [37] [38] Israel Daramola described the song as a "glitchy, thumping" dance record with a sample that highlights Grande's "nursery rhyme-style melody" [39] "R.E.M" is an R&B song that is built over a smooth doo-wop beat. [3] The song's title stands for "rapid eye movement", which is where memorable and vivid dreams occur. [40] In an interview with Jimmy Fallon for the Tonight Show, she admitted that "R.E.M" was her favourite song. [41] She later confirmed on Twitter that "R.E.M." is a song based on Beyoncé's demo titled "Wake Up", a leftover from the singer's 2013 self-titled album. [42]

The track "God Is a Woman" contains lyrics about female sexual empowerment [43] and spirituality; [44] Time described the song as "an anthemic, sultry banger". [45] A trap-pop song, [46] "God Is a Woman" contains influences of reggae [47] [48] and is performed in the key of E minor with a tempo of 72–76 beats per minute. [49] "Sweetener" (which is the title track) was the first song that Grande recorded for the album, and it features Williams vocals in the background similar to "R.E.M". Being a trap-inspired song, [26] the chorus contains the lyrics "When life deals us cards / Make everything taste like it is salt / Then you come through like the sweetener you are," [50] which symbolises empowerment. [51] "Successful" is a 90s-inspired neo soul song that has elements of gospel and trap. [26] Lyrically, it's about "girls feeling good about their own individual success." [52] "Everytime" is a "trap-pop" song that contains a pop-rap chorus. [25] "Breathin" is a dance-pop song that contains influences of synthpop. [51] [53] [54] The Independent called the song an "emotional highlight" and that it is a "mental health bop over a good, solid pop beat." [55] Lyrically, it is about Grande's overcoming growth from anxiety. [56]

"No Tears Left To Cry" is a dance-pop and disco song with a UK garage beat. [57] [58] [3] It was served as the first official single for the album. [59] Lyrically, it is about overcoming a tragic event and try and turn it into a positive and uplifting experience. Many listeners interpret this as her way of addressing the Manchester Arena bombing that took place at her Dangerous Woman Tour concert in May 2017. [60] "Borderline" is a 90s contemporary R&B song that features American rapper Missy Elliott. [26] It's one of Grande's favourites on the album. [61] "Better Off" is a "retro-fied" pop ballad that discusses a toxic relationship. [62] "Goodnight n Go" is an EDM song with deep house and tropical influences. [3] [26] It contains a sample of "Goodnight and Go", written and performed by Grande's inspiration Imogen Heap. [63] [64] In an interview with Billboard Heap said that "it feels like a gift". She went on saying: "When somebody that famous picks up on a song that has had its day and gives it a second life, it's a real gift. I think she's done a lovely version of it." [65] "Pete Davidson" is an interlude of the album and has a trap and hip hop production. Lyrically, it is about her then-fiancé, Pete Davidson. [26] [66] [67] "Get Well Soon" is a soul-ballad that has a laid back R&B melody with lyrics that talk about Grande’s personal anxiety & trauma following the Manchester Arena bombing. [3] At the end of the song, 40 seconds of silence are played as a tribute to the twenty-two victims of the bombing and the date of which the bombing took place (May 22, 2017). [68] [69]

Promotion

Grande went silent on all social media after sharing a snippet of a song from the album on December 31, 2017. [14] On April 17, 2018, Grande broke her silence by sharing a teaser of the album's lead single, "No Tears Left to Cry", which was released on April 20, 2018, alongside its music video. In the music video, she teased the album by writing some of the song names, including "God Is a Woman", "Breathin", "R.E.M", "Successful", "Sweetener", "Borderline" and the first 3 letters of "Blazed", which was teased again in a behind-the-scenes video.[ citation needed ] She first performed the song at Coachella later that night, as a guest during the performance of DJ Kygo. Grande announced the title of the album and several song titles on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018, shortly before performing "No Tears Left to Cry". [70] She also opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with a performance of the song on May 20, 2018. [71] On June 2, 2018, Grande performed at Wango Tango in California, closing her set with a performance of "No Tears Left to Cry" and also sharing a snippet of "The Light Is Coming". [72] On August 8, 2018, three dates were announced for a series of promotional concerts in the United States, titled The Sweetener Sessions, in partnership with American Express. [73]

Grande also announced a world tour in support of the album. The tour, titled Sweetener World Tour, began on March 18, 2019 and is scheduled to end in October of that same year. [74]

Singles

The album's lead single, "No Tears Left to Cry", was released on April 20, 2018 alongside its music video. [16] The track debuted at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande's ninth Hot 100 top 10 and sixth to debut in the top 10, tying Grande with Lady Gaga and Rihanna in sixth among acts with the most top 10 debuts on the chart. [75] The single made Grande the first artist in the chart's 60-year history to debut in the top 10 with lead single from each of her first four albums. [76] The song also topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart in July 2018, reached number one in nine countries and top-ten in twenty others.

The second single, "God Is a Woman", was released on July 13, 2018, with its music video premiering 12 hours after the song's release. [21] [22] The single debuted at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number eight, making it Grande's tenth top ten song on the chart and placing her as the twelfth overall artist and seventh female artist with the most Hot 100 top 10s in the 2010s decade. [77] [78] The song also became Grande's second single to top the US Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart from Sweetener, and third overall.

"Breathin" was released to US contemporary hit radio as the third single from the album on September 18, 2018. [79] The song has debuted number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 12. Its music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis premiered on November 7, 2018 on her YouTube account.

Promotional singles

A promotional single, "The Light Is Coming", featuring Nicki Minaj, was released on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album. [20] The song debuted at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at number 89, after the release of the album.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic? 7.5/10 [80]
Metacritic 81/100 [81]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [26]
The Daily Telegraph Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Entertainment Weekly A− [82]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [66]
The Independent Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [83]
The Irish Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [84]
NME Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [51]
Pitchfork 8.1/10 [3]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [25]
Vice (Expert Witness)A− [85]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Sweetener has an average score of 81 based on 20 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim." [81]

Reviewing for Vice , Robert Christgau called the album a "garden of sonic delights" and wrote: "Grande is pleasant in such a physically uncommon and technically astute way. Her pure, precise soprano is warm without burr or melisma, its mellow sweetness never saccharine or showy". [85] In The New York Times , Jon Pareles said the singer's voice "can be silky, breathy or cutting, swooping through long melismas or jabbing out short R&B phrases; it's always supple and airborne, never forced. … Ms. Grande sails above any fray, past or present. Her aplomb is her triumph." [86] Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone called the album "a refreshing, cohesive package. … [The producers' approach lets] Grande's easy way with trap phrasing find a home next to her flair for Broadway-esque dramatic runs"; it combines "the sensual romance of the album's plentiful love songs and the aching heartbreak of the others." Spanos concludes that it is Grande's "best album yet, and one of 2018's strongest pop releases to date. [25] Kate Solomon of The Independent commented that with music that is "often unexpected, sometimes in a good way, it is an album by an artist in flux – trying to move forward while reluctant to fully relinquish old ideas." [83]

Writing for NME , Douglas Greenwood deemed the album "[a] confident, accomplished, sometimes left-field collection of pop bangers, proving that she's not shy of experimentation." He also commented that "there are a couple of songs on Sweetener that you'd happily leave on the shelf." [51] Similarly, in The Guardian , Alexis Petridis said that "her collaborations with Pharrell really push the boundaries. But they make the rest of this album seem formulaic." He considered the album "uneven", with its attempts to balance out what Grande called a "weird" record. Petridis felt that "the world could use more pop music as imaginative as Sweetener's highlights." [66]

Neil McCormick in The Daily Telegraph felt that "the quality of the songs is high, although there are moments when they might be trying too hard to demonstrate that the teen queen is all grown up now," and argued, "as modern, branded, blockbuster pop albums go, Sweetener is a delightful confection." He commented less favorably about guest rappers Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott, who "sound like they dialled in clichéd verses for a pay cheque." [4]

Accolades

Year-end lists
PublicationAccoladeRankRef.
Billboard 50 Best Albums of 2018
1
Complex The Best Albums of 2018
4
Entertainment Weekly The 20 Best Albums of 2018
3
Flavorwire The Best Albums of 2018
4
The Line of Best Fit The Best Albums of 2018
13
The New York Times
(Jon Pareles)
The 28 Best Albums of 2018
7
Noisey The 100 Best Albums of 2018
3
NPR The 50 Best Albums of 2018
22
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2018
11
Rolling Stone The 50 Best Albums of 2018
5
The 20 Best Pop Albums of 2018
2
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2018
3
Uproxx The 50 Best Albums of 2018
5
Awards
YearOrganizationAwardResultRef.
2018 People's Choice Awards Album of 2018Nominated [100]
2019 Grammy Awards Best Pop Vocal Album Won [101]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Pop Album of the YearWon [102]

Commercial performance

In the United States, Sweetener opened at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 231,000 album-equivalent units, of which 127,000 were from traditional album sales, thus becoming Grande's third number-one album in the United States. It also logged the largest streaming week for a non-hip hop album by a female artist; the songs were streamed 126.7 million times in the album's first week. [103] On the US Billboard Hot 100 chart issue dated September 1, ten songs (nine of which are from Sweetener) appeared simultaneously, placing Grande as the fourth female artist with the most simultaneous entries on the chart by a solo female artist behind Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Cardi B. [104] Grande also topped the Artist 100 chart the same week due to album sales and song streams. [105] In its second week, Sweetener dropped to number four moving 75,000 equivalent album units, [106] while in its third week, it fell one position to number five moving an additional 56,000 equivalent album units. [107] On April 3, 2019, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over a million units in the United States. [108]

In the United Kingdom, Sweetener debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, moving 45,000 album-equivalent units. [109] It became her second number-one album in the UK, and her fastest selling album to date. [110] Following its release, two album tracks entered the UK Singles Chart as "Breathin" debuted at number 8, and "Sweetener" landed at number 22, while the single "God Is a Woman" ascended six places to number 6. [111]

In Australia, the album became Grande's third number one on the ARIA Albums Chart, [112] with all 15 of its tracks placing on the ARIA Singles Chart in the same week. [113]

In 2018, Sweetener was ranked as the 38th most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200. [114]

Track listing

Sweetener [115] [116]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Raindrops (An Angel Cried)" Bob Gaudio 0:37
2."Blazed" (featuring Pharrell Williams) Pharrell Williams Williams3:16
3."The Light Is Coming" (featuring Nicki Minaj)Williams3:48
4."R.E.M"
  • Williams
Williams4:05
5."God Is a Woman"Ilya3:17
6."Sweetener"
  • Williams
  • Grande
Williams3:28
7."Successful"WilliamsWilliams3:47
8."Everytime"
  • Grande
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Kotecha
  • Martin
  • Martin
  • Ilya
2:52
9."Breathin"
Ilya3:18
10."No Tears Left to Cry"
  • Grande
  • Martin
  • Kotecha
  • Salmanzadeh
  • Martin
  • Ilya
3:25
11."Borderline" (featuring Missy Elliott)
Williams2:57
12."Better Off"
2:51
13."Goodnight n Go"
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Foster
3:09
14."Pete Davidson"
  • Grande
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • McCants
  • Brown
  • Anderson
1:13
15."Get Well Soon"
  • Williams
  • Grande
Williams5:22
Total length:47:25

Notes

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sweetener. [120]

Performers and musicians

Production

Artwork

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [164] Platinum70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) [165] Gold20,000*
Canada (Music Canada) [166] Platinum80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) [167] Gold10,000^
France (SNEP) [168] Gold50,000*
Italy (FIMI) [169] Gold25,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON) [137] Gold30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [170] Platinum15,000^
Sweden (GLF) [171] Gold20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [172] Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA) [173] Platinum1,000,000Double-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.
VariousAugust 17, 2018
  • CD
  • digital download
  • streaming
United KingdomAugust 21, 2018 Cassette Island [174]
VariousOctober 15, 2018Republic [175]
November 2018 LP [176]

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Yours Truly is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. It was released on September 3, 2013, by Republic Records. Incorporating R&B, Yours Truly was influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, amongst Grande's other idols. Grande describes the album's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half being "very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. On the album, Grande co-wrote six out of the twelve tracks. Contribution by Harmony Samuels, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Patrick "J. Que" Smith and Victorious co-star Leon Thomas III, as well as others, handling the production on the album. Grande recorded a number of songs on this album over a three-year period. The collaborations are with Big Sean, Mika and Mac Miller, in addition to The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, who features on the song "Almost Is Never Enough" which was also included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Occasionally, the album dips into other genres such as adult contemporary music and dance music.

<i>My Everything</i> (Ariana Grande album) 2014 studio album by Ariana Grande

My Everything is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande, released on August 25, 2014 by Republic Records. Grande wanted My Everything to sound as "an evolution" from her debut album, Yours Truly (2013); it explores more mature themes and genres. In the album's production, Ariana worked with a host of producers – including Max Martin, Shellback, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Zedd, and David Guetta. Upon its release, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. As of April 2018, the album has sold 735,000 copies in the United States.

Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song) song by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album.

Into You (Ariana Grande song) Song by Ariana Grande

"Into You" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her third studio album Dangerous Woman (2016). Grande co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The song was made available by digital download on May 6, 2016 via pre-order of the album and was later serviced to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio on June 28, 2016 as the album's second single. "Into You" is a dance-pop song and features "a thudding disco beat, lurking synths and sharp bass drum beats" in its instrumentation.

Side to Side 2016 song by Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

"Side to Side" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande from her third studio album, Dangerous Woman (2016). Grande co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and Nicki Minaj along with its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh. It is a reggae-pop song, featuring guest vocals from American rapper Minaj. The song was serviced to urban contemporary radio on August 30, 2016, serving as the third single from the album.

God Is a Woman 2018 single by Ariana Grande

"God Is a Woman" 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.

<i>Queen</i> (Nicki Minaj album) 2018 Nicki Minaj album

Queen is the fourth studio album by Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released on August 10, 2018, through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. It is Minaj's first album in nearly four years, following The Pinkprint (2014). The rapper started recording the album in late 2016, and throughout 2017 and 2018, she collaborated with a handful of producers and songwriters to reach her desired sound. It features guest appearances by rappers Eminem, Foxy Brown, 6ix9ine, Future, Swae Lee, and Lil Wayne; and singers Ariana Grande, Labrinth, and The Weeknd. Musically, it is a hip hop album that incorporates elements of pop and R&B.

"Sweetener" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album of the same name, released in 2018. It was written by Grande and Pharrell Williams, who also produced the track. Lyrically it contains messages of care free and empowerment.

Bed (Nicki Minaj song) 2018 single by Nicki Minaj featuring Ariana Grande

"Bed" is a song by American rapper Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album, Queen (2018). It was released as the second single from the album following "Chun-Li" on June 14, 2018, by Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. The song was produced by Ben Billions, Beats Bailey, Supa Dups, and Messy; and features guest vocals by American singer Ariana Grande. It marks the fourth collaboration between the two. Commercially, the song peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as reached the top 20 in Australia, Scotland, and the United Kingdom.

"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 life.

"R.E.M" is a song performed by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album Sweetener, released in 2018. It was written and produced by Pharrell Williams, with additional songwriting by Ariana Grande

Sweetener World Tour 2019 concert tour by Ariana Grande

The Sweetener World Tour is the fourth concert tour by American singer Ariana Grande, in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums Sweetener (2018) and Thank U, Next (2019). The tour began on March 18, 2019 in Albany, New York, and is set to end on October 13, 2019 in Zürich, Switzerland.

Imagine (Ariana Grande song) original song composed by Ariana Grande, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Priscilla Renea, Jameel Roberts and Nathan Perez

"Imagine" 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). Lyrically, the song speaks about Grande's denial of failed relationships.

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