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Ariana Grande Surprise Releases New Ex-Boyfriend Anthem “thank u, next”: Listen

Ariana Grande dropped a new song titled “thank u, next.”

The pop star is hard at work on a Sweetener followup (it’s reportedly in the final stages), and we’ve already got the first sample of it. The track is titled “thank u, next,” a R&B-tinged anthem that name-checks her ex-boyfriends, including ex-fiance Pete Davidson and Mac Miller.

“Thought I’d end up with Sean / But he wasn’t a match,” she croons over production cooked up by Tommy Brown, Michael Foster and Charles Anderson. “Wrote some songs about Ricky / Now I listen and laugh / Even almost got married / And for Pete I’m so thankful / Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm / Cause he was an angel.”


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It’s worth mentioning that earlier this week, Ariana slammed Davidson for a joke he made in an SNL pre-show skit about their engagement.

Ari jumped back into the studio pretty quickly after releasing Sweetener, but “thank u, next” doesn’t feel rushed or unfinished. It’s actually quite delightful and low-key better than half the tracks on her most-recent record. And props to Ari for singing about her exes in a positive light. I’m all about a good FU anthem, but this issa vibe.

Listen below:


Thought I’d end up with Sean
But he wasn’t a match
Wrote some songs about Ricky
Now I listen and laugh
Even almost got married
And for Pete I’m so thankful
Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm
Cause he was an angel

One taught me love
One taught me patience
And one taught me pain
Now I’m so amazing
Say 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

(HOOK)
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
I’m so f—ing grateful for my ex
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
I’m so f—ing…

Spend more time with my friends
I ain’t worried bout nothing
Plus I met someone else
We having 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

She taught me love
She taught me patience
How she handles pain
That s—’s amazing
I’ve loved and I’ve lost
But that’s not what I see
Cause look what I found
Ain’t no need for searching
And for that I say

(HOOK)
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
I’m so f—ing grateful for my ex
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
I’m so f—ing grateful for my ex
Thank u next
Thank u next
Thank u next
I’m so f—ing…

One day I’ll walk down the aisle
Holding hands with my mama
I’ll be thanking my dad
Cause she grew from the drama
Only wanna do it once real bad
Gon’ make that s— last
God forbid something happens
Least this song is a smash

I got so much love
Got so much patience
I’ve learned from the pain
Turned out amazing
Say I’ve loved and I’ve lost
But that’s not what I see
Cause look what I got
Ain’t no need for searching
And for that I say

(HOOK)
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
I’m so fucking grateful for my ex
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
I’m so f—ing grateful for my ex

Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Yeah

Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Thank u, next
Yeah

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