Ariana Grande once again surprised her fans by teasing that they can expect a whole new album by the end of October.
The pop star tweeted on Wednesday, “i can’t wait to give u my album this month.” This announcement comes one week after Grande first got got the nation’s hopes up when she tweeted a blurry, cropped selfie surrounded by musical instruments on October 7, writing, “turning in these mixes and reminding u again to register to vote if u haven’t already / to vote early.” And it seems she’s been working on this album all through quarantine, as over the past few months she’s intermittently shared snippets of new music on her Twitter and Instagram Stories, dating as far back as March 24.
The singer’s as-yet-unnamed sixth studio album is set to be her third in as many years. She previously released Sweetener in August 2018 followed shortly after by Thank U. Next in February 2019 inspired by her very public relationship and subsequent breakup with Pete Davidson. But this new record won’t be the first new music we’ve heard from Grande this year. In May 2020, she released a pandemic-inspired duet with Justin Bieber called “Stuck With U” and a few weeks later debuted her collaboration with Lady Gaga, “Rain on Me.” The pop star also joined Gaga in person at the VMAs in August for a fully masked-up live performance of their huge hit single.
While there’s no name, release date, or tracklist just yet, we do have at least one clue about the new album. In May, Grande told Zane Lowe on Apple Music that she’s “obsessed” with Doja Cat and “was able to work with her earlier this year on this song that I want to save for whenever it’s time again to drop.” She added that when Doja called her back to play the verses she’d recorded for the track, “she twerked so hard that her wig fully flew off!”
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