Ariana Grande Drops Surprise New Song, ‘Thank U, Next’ (Listen)

Ariana Grande has been making some barbed comments at former fiancé, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, and she took it to wax on Saturday night by dropping a new song called “Thank U, Next,” 30 minutes before the show began.

While Grande did not respond well to Davidson’s jokes about their breakup during “SNL” promos (in one, he jokingly asked this week’s musical guest, Maggie Rogers, to marry him), the song is more about empowerment, referencing both Davidson and her former boyfriend, Mac Miller, who died of an apparent drug overdose in September.

She teased the song and apparently an album of the same title on Twitter throughout Saturday. “Issa song and an album … you’ll get the song first,” she wrote in a series of Tweets, most of which were embellished with black heart emojis. “i’m gonna jus keep creating and putting stuff out as i please  it feels good to my soul and i love keeping the kids fed…. / no drags…. no shade….. jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness … and growth … / i’m so …. f—in ….. grateful / for my …… ex.”

She also posted some lyrics from the song: “Got so much love ….. got so much patience ….. I’ve learnt from the pain ….. and turnt out amazin ….. say I’ve loved and I’ve lost ….. but that’s not what I see cause look what I got ….. look what you taught me… ‘Cause look what I found ….. ain’t no need for searching and for that I say ….. thank u, next.”

It was unclear how serious her comment about an album might be. “Sweetener,” her fourth and latest album, was released just over two months ago and is currently at No. 20 on the Billboard 200.. She also announced dates for the “Sweetener” world tour, with initial dates running from March to June of 2019, last week.