Ariana Grande has kept her fans entertained during lockdown, sporting ombre bunches, going 'Instagram official' with her boyfriend Dalton Gomez and releasing a stay-at-home quarantine anthem with Justin Bieber.
Now, the 27-year-old has revealed some exciting news that’s sure to put a big smile on her fans' faces.
On Sunday October 28, Grande shared an Instagram video in which she types the word ‘positions’ on a keyboard.
And now, on Saturday October 23, Grande shared the first single from her upcoming album, called 'positions' and the accompanying music video.
The video shows Grande replacing Donald Trump as president of the US, and has been released just days before the US election.
In the video, Grande chairs a meeting with her staff - which includes her mother Joan Grande, bother Frankie and friend/collaborator Victoria Monet - walks through the corridor flanked by an all-female secret service squad and behind the desk in the oval office.
The lyrics of 'positions' refer to the multiple roles and gestures someone can take on in a relationship, and the video alludes to this too also showing Grande cooking - aided by wine - in the kitchen in between running a country.
— Ariana Grande Today (@ArianaToday) October 17, 2020
On Wednesday October 14, Grande announced on Twitter that she’s releasing a new album - her sixth studio album - by the end of October.
‘I can't wait to give you my album this month,’ she tweeted to her 77.7 million followers.
i can’t wait to give u my album this month
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 14, 2020
Unsurprisingly, the news sent her fans into a tailspin, with some thanking her for ‘saving’ 2020.
That’s got to be soon! How many days hath October?!
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 14, 2020
Ariana saves 2020 ✅
— Spotify (@Spotify) October 14, 2020
— Young Money (@YoungMoneySite) October 14, 2020
I just choked on my avocado toast
— MTV (@MTV) October 14, 2020
I can’t wait to accept it
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 14, 2020
We're ready 👑
— Barbie (@Barbie) October 14, 2020
2020 really trying to turn things around. 👀
— Walmart (@Walmart) October 14, 2020
The news follows Grande teasing fans for months about the possibility of new music, which some social media users are now referring to as ‘AG6’.
Earlier this month, the ‘Rain On Me’ singer shared a photograph of herself and noted how she’d been ‘turning in these mixes’, which suggested she was working on new music. She also took the opportunity to urge her followers to register to vote and vote early in the upcoming US presidential election.
turning in these mixes and reminding u again to register to vote if u haven’t already / to vote early pic.twitter.com/rx2xCJYAf0
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) October 7, 2020
In March, she shared snippets of her new music on social media with the caption: ‘I miss making things / can’t wait to get back to work / but for now / let’s stay inside pls. [sic]’
i miss making things
can’t wait to get back to work
but for now
let’s stay inside pls pic.twitter.com/MbvGeq6KBY
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 24, 2020
In May, Grande shared a photograph of herself standing in front of a microphone, wearing headphones, in a set-up which looked like a recording studio.
A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on May 5, 2020 at 7:13pm PDT
The singer released her fifth album, thank u, next, in February 2019 which includes chart-topping tracks like ‘7 Rings’ and 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored'. Its success saw the star subsequently amass a whopping five Grammy nominations.
This year, Grande became the first and only artist to have debuted four singles at the top of the Hot 100 following her collaboration with Lady Gaga.
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