Thank U, Next stylized in all lowercase is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande , released on February 8, , by Republic Records. Thank U, Next was preceded by two singles, the title track and " 7 Rings ", with both debuting atop the Billboard Hot chart, becoming Grande's first and second number one singles in the United States, respectively. The album broke multiple streaming records upon release, and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA , for earning two million album-equivalent units in the US. Globally, it was the eighth best-selling album of and fourth best-selling album by a female artist. Upon its release, Thank U, Next received universal acclaim from music critics , with many praising the production and its cohesiveness. The album was ranked in several year-end and decade-end best music lists. In September , Grande's old friend and ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller , died from a drug overdose. The following month, Grande announced that she would take a break from music.
Grande just had to play Davis the then-unreleased track, which surprised the director with its honesty and script-flipping on a breakup narrative. The two started brainstorming right away. It needed to have the energy of Bring It On , the wistfulness of 13 Going on 30 , the, ahem , bend and snap of Legally Blonde. Ariana wanted to make a moment out of it, so when it came time to find who was going to play Mrs. That would be Kris Jenner. She got really into character right away, she knew it was a fun role and was down to get goofy with us.
Lyrically, the song reflects on Grande's past relationships. It has been listed as one of the songs that defined the s decade by Billboard. It was released on November 30, and subsequently broke several YouTube and Vevo records at the time. 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. The song was released on November 4, , without any prior official announcement or promotion. Grande explained in an interview that "thank u, next
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