Thank U, Next (song)

"Thank U, Next"
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Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedNovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)
RecordedOctober 2018
StudioJungle City Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, California)
  • Tommy Brown
  • Michael Foster
  • Charles Anderson
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Thank U, Next"
"7 Rings"
Music video
"Thank U, Next" on YouTube

"Thank U, Next" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, released as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2019).[1][2] The song was released on November 3, 2018, without any prior official announcement or promotion.[3] The track was written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster. Lyrically, the song reflects on Grande's past relationships.[4]

"Thank U, Next" was critically acclaimed, with critics praising the song's catchiness and positive message. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming Grande's first number one single. Internationally, it topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal and Singapore, the top ten in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, and the top twenty in France and Germany.

The music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, references the films Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going on 30 and Legally Blonde. It was released on November 30, 2018 and subsequently broke several YouTube and Vevo records at the time. It was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

Background and release

On November 2, 2018, the singer tweeted lyrics of a mysterious track, after her ex-fiancé Pete Davidson joked about their broken engagement on Saturday Night Live. The following day, Grande tweeted more lyrics, revealing that they indeed belong to a track named "Thank U, Next", which she described was lyrically and conceptually the opposite of her Dangerous Woman track "Knew Better". The singer also revealed "Thank U, Next" would serve as her fifth album's name, which she had been teasing for months on Twitter.[5]

The song was released on November 3, 2018, without any prior official announcement or promotion.[3]