Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Breaks Music Streaming Records
Whoever thought that ex-boyfriends could be so essential to professional success?
"Thank u, next" opens with an unabashed list of Ariana Grande's former flames, but not without reason. She follows up each name with a succinct reason for their split and rounds it all up with a bridge that tackles relatable lessons on love, turning the single into a record-breaking hit:
One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
Now, I'm so amazing
I've loved and I've lost
But that's not what I see
So, look what I got
Look what you taught me
And for that, I say...
The chorus that follows, while a set of simple repeating syllables, sends a strong message: thank you, because I learned from you, anyway, despite the heartache.
As of this writing, the accompanying music video of "thank u, next" has yet to be released, but that's really not why we're here. The song, which was released on November 3, has made Ariana Grande the global Spotify record-holder for most streams for a single in a day for a female artist. Internationally, the song from the Sweetener album was listened to 8.19 million times on the music platform.
But the success doesn't stop there.
Ariana simultaneously beat US Spotify numbers by breaking the same record; "thank u, next" was streamed 4.19 million times in the States alone, while Billboard officially named her their Woman of the Year within hours of the record-breaking news. Likewise, the 25-year-old's single topped the U.S. Apple Music streaming chart, making it the only pop song, so far, to claim the number one spot this year.
It seems that the popstar has way more reasons to be thankful for her exes now!
Now, in case you were wondering if our favorite ponytail-wearing songstress surprised her no-longer-loves with the song, she didn't. Two of the boys mentioned in the track (Sean and Ricky) were given the chance to hear the tune before anyone else did, not so much to gain their approval, but likely just as a gesture of courtesy. (They both took it well).
And lest you think that "thank u, next" begins and ends with a roster of ex-boyfriend accounts, you were sorely misinformed. The song's climax is anchored on Ariana concluding that she, and not any man, is her own best lover, protector, and companion.
As the the second verse goes:
Spend more time with my friends
I ain't worried 'bout nothin'
Plus, I met someone else
We havin' better discussions
I know they say I move on too fast
But this one gon' last
'Cause her name is Ari
And I'm so good with that
Appreciating the song as a whole, it's easy to understand why so many people have taken to its beat and most importantly, its message.
"Thank u, next" is the fourth single from Ariana's latest album, following songs "No Tears Left to Cry," "God is a Woman," and "Breathin.'"
Photos from @arianagrande