Ariana Grande Spills All the Tea About Her Album Title and Release


-How’s the album coming?
Are we close to an album? -Yes. My album is
coming this summer. -It is? [ Cheers and applause ] That’s big!
-Yeah. -All right, tell me more,
who’s producing? Who are you working with? -I worked with Pharrell and Max.
-Nice! -And ILYA and Savan. And it was a really
awesome experience. It is called “Sweetener.” [ Cheers and applause ] -You’re dropping all the things
everyone wants to hear. It is called “Sweetener.” -I know,
I’ve been away too long. I have so much more —
I want to say everything. -Yeah, go ahead.
Tell me every single thing. It’s called “Sweetener.”
-Okay, so yeah. -Why is it called “Sweetener”?
-Because it’s kind of about, like, bringing light to a
situation or to someone’s life or somebody else who brings
light to your life or sweetening the situation,
yeah. -Everyone needs
a little sweetener. Yeah. -Yeah, yeah.
-Can you drop any song hints? -I look like a gum drop.
Is it okay? [ Laughter ]
-You don’t — you look like the most beautiful gum drop.
It’s fantastic. Don’t change anything.
You look great. -All right. [ Laughter ] -Can you tell us any songs
on the record? -I can.
Should I just spit it out? -No, I mean —
[ Cheers and applause ] You’re telling everyone. Spoilers! Spoiler alert! You’re about to hear
every single thing. -Yeah.
-Give us a couple. -My fans know that I have
a song called “R.E.M.” because I have a big mouth
and I went on Twitter and I just, like, tweet-vomited
a bunch of lyrics the other day. I was like,
“Good morning, I’m bored. Okay, here’s a song.” [ Laughter ] So — so I spilled
a bunch of tea in that. Okay, and then there’s
another song called “The Light Is Coming”
that I love a lot. -[ Vocalizing ]
-Oh, ooh, unh, they said. [ Laughter ] I heard someone
make that noise. -Yeah.
-And then there’s one called “God is a Woman” that I love. [ Cheers and applause ] -Wow.
They know these songs already. They’re not even like —
-We hid, like, a track list in the video,
but it’s not in order. -Oh.
-So, yeah. My fans have been —
-Good stuff! -Yeah, oh, thank you.
-Can you tell us something that we don’t know?
What is the first song? -Okay, so the first song — well, it’s kind of like
an intro. It’s called “Raindrops.”
And it’s — [ Cheers and applause ]
-What is the story? -“Yaas!”
I just heard someone say. -Yaaah.
-Thank you. -What is the story
behind “Raindrops?” -It’s a really crazy story
actually. It, like, gives me goosebumps
every time we, I, like — It’s so crazy.
So — so it is actually — it’s like a cover
of a small part of a song from the ’50s called
“An Angel Cried.” And I — I had it,
like, in my head. I woke up — we were
really close to finishing the album and I had it
in my head. And I said to Max, I said,
“You know what? Let me just, like, record
this little part a cappella. Let’s just go in and do it
and maybe we can, like, chop it up and sample it
or something, or, like, make a beat
out of it or whatever.” Anyway, I do it,
and then Max was like, “Let’s not touch that,
just leave it like that.” And so that’s how
the album starts. And I went to go check
to see who wrote it. Just — I mean, I was curious,
you know? And so it turns out —
This is so crazy. Y’all are going to think
I’m lying, but my grandfather’s
best friend, who I grew up hanging out
with in Boca, Charlie Calello, wrote it with Bob Gaudio
from The Four Seasons. And that really just
gave me goosebumps. -Wow, so your grandfather
knew him? -Yeah, really well.
-Knew the writer. -Really well.
[ Applause ] -There’s almost like —
it’s almost like a sign, him telling you. -Yeah, he was like,
“Okay, the album’s done, girl.” [ Laughter ] -Yeah, exactly.
-Yeah. -And has your grandma
listened to the record? -She has, yeah.
-Nonna. -Nonna has heard it.
-Nonna. -Yeah.
-I love Nonna so much. -Yeah.
-Hi, Nonna. -Hi, Nonna.
-We always say “hi” to her. Hi, Nonna.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Hi, Nonna.
-What does Nonna say about the album?
-She loves “God is a Woman.” She loves it so much.
-That’s her jam. -That’s her favorite.
I’ll ask her, like, “Hey, Nonna, what do you think
of, like, you know, my single, what do — do like
‘No Tears Left To Cry’?” And she’s like, “I love it.
But you know, Ariana, can we listen
to ‘God is a Woman’ again?” And I’m like, “Nonna, okay.”
-I love Nonna. -She — it’s, you know,
she has her favorites. She’s not subtle about it.
[ Laughter ] -Now you said summer,
you hinted at summer. -Yeah.
-But you’re doing also a cool thing, like, on the 20th?
-Oh, yeah, yeah. Oh, yeah, yeah. Okay,
so I told Jimmy, I told Jimmy, I told Jimmy.
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
-Since I’m not announcing the album date, I — yet,
you’ll have it in like two seconds, but — [ Laughter ] I’m going to be doing something
special on every 20th. -So what — what?
-Yeah. -So every 20th,
you’re doing something special. -Yeah.
-Like, can you give an example? -There’s, like, only like
three 20ths until the big thing, but, you know, I just told you
when it is but — [ Laughter ] -Yeah.
-Yeah. -So basically, wow, all right.
So I’m doing the math. -So basically, yeah, okay.
-Okay, yeah, this is very exciting.
-Okay, don’t say, okay, okay. -All right.
-Yeah. -But what’s happening
this month on May 20th? -I am performing
at the Billboard Awards. -Hey, that’s it! [ Cheers and applause ] All right. Good.
I haven’t seen you — I haven’t seen you
in over a year, probably, and I haven’t seen you since
the tragic events that happened in Manchester. And I know it’s just tough
for everybody and tough for fans
and tough for you. And I know you haven’t done
any interviews, and I understand that.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming on our show
and for being strong. And for entertaining
and for showing up and going back to Manchester
and doing a benefit. I thought that was awesome.
-Thanks. And just so —
I just think you’re so strong. -Thanks.
-And so cool. -Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] -To do that… [ Cheers and applause
continues ] You… You wrote an essay online, and I just wanted just read
a couple of lines from that that you wrote I just
thought was beautiful. You said,
“We won’t let hate win. Our response to this violence
must be to come closer together, to help each other,
to love more, to sing louder, and to live more kindly and
generously than we did before.” [ Cheers and applause ] Thank you. Thank you, pal. Thank you for saying that.
Thank you for being here.

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