Is “thank u, next” a Bop or a Flop?

Adrienne Navarette (11th), Reporter

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Most people have heard Ariana Grande’s new song, “thank u, next”, and if you haven’t you should. Anyways, this song has been playing everywhere! On Instagram, TV, ads on Spotify- t’s almost as if it has gone viral.

In case you have not heard it, Ariana Grande dedicated her song to her exes including  Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Pete Davidson and Mac Miller (mentioned as Malcolm in the song). It’s no secret that Grande has been through some rough patches these past couple months with a broken off engagement with Pete Davidson and the heartache of the deceased artist Mac Miller.

Grande has a great fan base to those who support her and her work. However, some people have the opinion that even though Ariana has many supporters, the song and herself only gained its popularity because she gave a tribute to Mac Miller, who also had a large quantity of supporters.

Of course there is the possible pitfall to her fame by calling out her exes in this song. However, it wasn’t in a rude way, nor were the individuals portrayed in a negative light. If you pay attention to the lyrics, Grande even says “I’m so… grateful for my ex”. She expresses her feelings towards her past, even if her past relationships didn’t end on a good note.

Another thing to look at is Grande’s mention of Miller in the song. As many know, Mac Miller was Grande’s on-off boyfriend for years and he died from an accidental drug overdose in September. Grande pays a tribute in this song by including the lyric, “Wish I could say, ‘Thank you’ to Malcolm/ ‘Cause he was an angel.”

          Ariana Grande has been in the singing scene since she was just fifteen years old. Over all that time, she surely had to figure out what her audience likes and what could pull them in.

Personally I believe she has always been successful. If she released the song or not she would still be relevant in the studio making world. Because of all that she has been exposed to within the past couple of months, with the hate and ridicule, I believe she saw this as a opportunity to fire back at those who don’t like her and show how she feels in the best way she can.

I also respect how she handled the situations she had to deal with. Instead of staying inactive (like she could have) or not performing in concerts after some tragedies at her previous concerts, she broke through, for herself and most importantly for her fans.

Depending on how you look at songs, “thank u, next” is a beautifully put together song.

The conclusion, I’ve decided that “thank u, next” is a bop!

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