October 14 was just another Wednesday morning — that is, until Ariana Grande returned to social media with a major announcement and nearly broke the internet in the process.
“I can’t wait to give u my album this month,” the Grammy winner, 27, tweeted, sending fans and her celebrity friends into a frenzy.
Grande has managed to stay under the radar for much of 2020 aside from a few promotional appearances for “Stuck With U” and “Rain on Me,” her collaborations with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, respectively. Her sixth studio album, Positions, will be the follow-up to Thank U, Next. The breakup record, which she released in February 2019 after calling off her four-month engagement to Pete Davidson the previous October, featured the No. 1 singles “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” and was nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards.
For months, the pop star has been sharing snippets of songs that may appear on #AG6, as fans have temporarily dubbed the album. She teased on October 7 that the project was nearing its final stages, writing via Instagram, “Turning in these mixes.”
The coronavirus lockdown gave Grande plenty of time to write and record in the studio.
“It’s a great time to create because you’re stuck with your thoughts and left in your head a little bit, so I think all creatives are extra inspired right now,” she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in May. “I didn’t have a home set-up until quite recently, and that’s been so much fun but also so bad for my sleep schedule and my eating schedule.”
As Positions inches closer, scroll through the gallery below for everything we know so far about Grande’s next era!
The Title Grande revealed the album’s title on October 17 by tweeting a video of herself typing Positions on a keyboard in slow-motion. The Release Date A source exclusively told Us Weekly on October 14 that Grande was “eyeing Friday, October 30, for the release date,” which she later confirmed.
The First Single The Florida native released the title track on Friday, October 23, two days after unveiling its artwork via social media. In the accompanying Dave Meyers-directed music video, she channeled her inner boss at the White House, playing a badass female president. The Collaborations Soon after the “Side to Side” singer announced that her album is coming “this month,” The Weeknd retweeted her post, sparking rumors that the “Love Me Harder” collaborators may have worked together again. There was speculation Doja Cat might also be featured, as Grande said during her Apple Music interview in May that she and the “Say So” singer “did a song together toward the end of last year.” Grande later confirmed both collaborations when she released Position's tracklist (see below).
The Producers The Rascals, the duo who produced five songs on Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly, hinted at their possible involvement in #AG6 by resharing her tweet on their Instagram Story with the eyes emoji. Grande’s friend Tommy Brown previously confirmed that he was working on the album, while Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx both said they wrote songs for it. The Songs A song titled “Nasty,” which the Victorious alum teased via Twitter and Instagram in March, is rumored to be a part of the tracklist as she “liked” a fan’s October 14 tweet that read, “SO WE GETTING NASTY ?” Meanwhile, a track called “My Hair,” which Grande created with Brown, Monét, and Parx, was registered on the website for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers in June.
The Track List Grande shared the full tracklist for Positions — for 14 songs — on October 24. "COMING TO EAT UP THE CHARTSSSS," she captioned her Instagram post. Here's the list: 1. "Shut Up" 2. "34+35" 3. "Motive" (featuring Doja Cat) 4. "Just Like Magic" 5. "Off the Table" (featuring The Weeknd) 6. "Six Thirty" 7. "Safety Net" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) 8. "My Hair" 9. "Nasty" 10. "West Side" 11. "Love Language" 12. "Positions" 13. "Obvious" 14. "POV"