Image Credit: Courtesy of @arianagrande on Instagram
Ariana Grande recently announced her long awaited comeback to music with the album “Eternal Sunshine.” Releasing on March 8th, the title comes from the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” featuring Jim Carrey, one of Ariana Grande’s lifelong favorite actors.
Grande began teasing her comeback to music being photographed by paparazzi Diggzy, with a crew neck sweater with the phrase, “yes, and?” Serving as the first single, it is slated for release on January 12, according to an Instagram post announcement.
“yes, and?” was an unexpected house track that had a bouncy feel to it. The intro begins with a modified voice repeating the same phrase, flowing into soft layered high notes that hit with ease. At 35 seconds in, the beat drops with an interpolated sample of “Vogue” by Madonna. The lyrics reflect on Grande’s previous scandal with a positive spin to it.
The music video gave a nod to Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted” with Grande doing a dance performance in front of the “critics” who had many negative things to say about her. Everyone ends up falling in love with the singer’s music. The video tries to show how people will switch up one minute and then be obsessed with her the next. She cleanses the critics with a tuning fork as she hits impressive voguing choreography. The focal point is that everyone’s energy is off. Instead of picking apart her life; she wants everyone to be a better version of themselves.
Grande went in an uplifting direction, wishing for people to heal and grow from their mistakes. She wants people to find the light in dark situations. Also, Grande in the track discusses living your life to the fullest and stop worrying about the little things. Her business is hers and yours is yours. Grande also takes a stab at addressing people commenting on her body saying she will not reply anymore in her new song. The lyrics read, “Don't comment on my body, do not reply. Your business is yours and mine is mine. Why do you care so much whose **** I ride?”
Fellow University of Maryland students on campus gave their input on the new music and what they thought of Ariana Grande as a whole after everything that occurred.
“I really like the new song. I think it’s catchy and well produced. I like the house influence. The past couple albums she’s been sticking to her signature R&B tinged trap pop sound, so I like this new direction and switch up for her,” said Declan Kirby, a junior secondary education and government and politics double major.
Junior hearing and speech major Paige McGinnis said, “I do like her new song and am excited for a new album from her especially since I loved positions when it came out”
What are your opinions on Grande’s three year long awaited comeback to music?