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Ariana Grande Will Launch “Thank You, Next” on February 8th–Second Album in Six Months After “Sweetener” Went Sour


Ariana Grande will not take ‘no’ for an answer.

Her “Sweetener” album, released in August 2018 to good reviews, never really got off the ground. It sold a total of 140,000 copies, a disappointment certainly.

But you need hits to tour with, so Ariana is going to rebound fast. She’s planning a new album, called “Thank You, Next” set for February 8th. The song titles include one called “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “NASA.”

Ariana’s already had a big hit with the title song, a jab at ex fiancee Pete Davidson. Now she’s got a second number 1 with “7 Rings,” although that song is plagued by claims of plagiarism. Several acts have claimed that “7 Rings” sounds like their hip hop records. Then, again, “7 Rings” owes its basic melody to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things.” The R&H estate hopefully got a big fee for use of the famous melody.

Ariana is managed by Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, so there’s even more incentive here: Bieber hasn’t released an album in a couple of years and doesn’t seem to have anything on the horizon. Now that he’s a church going young husband, his act and songs may have to be a lot cleaner. And then what will he have to sing about?

The video for “7 Rings” already has 54 million views, by the way.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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