One of the biggest superstars to debut in the 2010s, Ariana Grande cemented her status as a pop icon with the release of her previous two albums, 2018’s sweetener and 2019’s thank u, next. She surprised fans in releasing the projects so close to each other, but she made an even more sudden announcement this week. Grande took to Twitter on October 14th to tease the release of her next album, saying fans will get to listen to the project “this month.”
Grande teased new music as early as March 2020, posting a snippet of a song seemingly called “Nasty” on Instagram. In May, she released “stuck with u,” a collaboration with Justin Bieber, to raise money for COVID-19 relief, and the song’s video went on to win a Video Music Award for Best Music Video from Home. Just weeks ago, she teased yet another snippet on Twitter, and said she was turning in song mixes last week.
Grande’s frequent collaborator Tayla Parx, who co-wrote hits like “7 rings,” told Insider in September that the team behind thank u, next reunited during quarantine, saying they “let [creation] happen naturally.” Parx also teased that Grande “made, yet again, another evolution” with her upcoming record. On October 11th, Grande’s friend and frequent producer TBHits shared a photo with her on Instagram with the caption “6****,” which fans assumed was a nod to Grande’s upcoming sixth album.
It’s worth noting that Grande made this announcement just hours before the 2020 Billboard Music Awards ceremony, where she’s nominated for three awards, leading some to believe she may be performing a new song. If not, she may perform at the American Music Awards, which take place on November 22nd.