Ariana Grande


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Yours Truly (2013), 4/10
My Everything (2014), 4/10
Dangerous Woman (2016), 5/10
Sweetener (2018), 4/10
Thank U Next (2019), 4/10
Positions (2020), 3.5/10
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Florida-born singer Ariana Grande, a former Broadway actress, debuted with the album Yours Truly (2013), inspired by the doo-wop groups of the 1950s, and the conventional, upbeat, pop-soul-hop of The Way (composed by six veteran songwriters). She targeted the dancefloor on My Everything (2014) with the seismic rhythm of Problem (co-composed by Ilya Salmanzadeh who wrote Jennifer Lopez's First Love and by Max Martin who wrote Britney Spears' Baby One More Time), Break Free (reminiscent of the house music of the 1990s, composed by house producer Anton "Zedd" Zaslavski), and the stormy techno-tinged Love Me Harder (a duet with the Weeknd, co-composed again by Max Martin).

The next album, Dangerous Woman (2016), turned the innocent teenager into a sexy woman, and was even more oriented towards the dance party, for example the reggae-fied single Side to Side, composed by Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Alexander Kronlund, four of the main composers of the album.

Sweetener (2018) updated her sound to the age of trap and dubstep and yielded fashionable singles such as No Tears Left to Cry and God Is a Woman (both co-composed by usual suspects Salmanzadeh, Kotecha and Martin).

The trap-infected Thank U Next (2019) was even more successful, breaking all sorts of records for online views with its singles Thank U Next (possibly her best) and 7 Rings, both composed by the sextet of Victoria Monet, Tayla Parx, Njomza Vitia, Kimberly Krysiuk, Tommy Brown and Social House (the duo of Michael Foster and Charles Anderson), while Break Up with Your Girlfriend I'm Bored was the typical Martin-Salmanzadeh-Kotecha concoction. This was the quintessential bubblegum-pop music of the time (NASA, Bad Idea).

Another hit was her collaboration with Lady Gaga, Rain on Me (2020).

The sex concept Positions (2020), mostly produced by Tommy Brown, contains insignificant and over-produced songs like Positions and 34+35.

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