Ariana Grande dropped a brand new album on Friday and since its release, people have been losing their mind over and over again. First of all, this powerhouse dropped two albums with incredible songs in less than a year—talk about talent. Not only did she drop a bomb album—she did it with no features. That’s right, all of the songs are sung by Ms. Grande herself. But, while there are no features, there are tons of mentions/inferences of people on this album.
The album, according to Grande, is the first thing she worked on after her split with Pete Davidson and the loss of her ex, Mac Miller. Her previous album, Sweetener, was filled with “I’m madly in love” type songs, all hinting at her romance and new engagement to Davidson. But, this album is more of a “I’m independent” and “I’m single and looking at myself, hard.” This album is almost like a look inside of Grande’s soul—post-breakups.
i know it breaks your heart when i cry again, over him.
i know it breaks your heart when i cry again, stead of ghostin him. pic.twitter.com/eHNBkCbJlx
— ɥɐuuɐɥ ? (@goddessarigb) February 8, 2019
Others say that Bloodline is about Pete Davidson—an entire song that says sorry I didn’t want to marry you but get over it.
don’t want you in my bloodline aka sorry i didn’t wanna mary you pete but leave me tf alone
— aubrey (@picturetobcrn) February 8, 2019
We already know she shouts out all of her exes on Thank U, Next—it’s not news. But, what we were shocked to see was some of the little gifts Grande gave us throughout the album. On one track, NASA, Neil Armstong’s famous speech is referenced and drag queen Shangela Laquifa Wadley is featured saying “one small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind.”
Grande’s nonna is also featured on Bloodline saying “Because I’m trying to do the best I can, and they can’t find something to satisfy me. Look.”
And, fans love Grande’s best friend, Doug Middlebrook, on the beginning of In My Head leaving Grande a very personal voicemail saying:
Doug middlebrook>>>> pic.twitter.com/ZYe92DKr44
— emilia? (@EmiliaButera) February 8, 2019
But, the biggest surprise of all came when Grande not only dropped an album but also another music video on Friday—for Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.
Not only is the song a bop, but, it also samples a boyband you haven’t heard in years—*NSYNC. That’s right, Grande sings the lyrics to Makes Me Ill, with her own Grande twist. And, she absolutely snatched my wig when I heard it. Twitter cannot get enough.
holy hell i need an entire ariana album of *nsync covers, like, yesterday
— Tess Koman (@tessie_the_mess) February 8, 2019
Ariana really sampled one of the best, most underrated *NSYNC songs in her new single, wow I officially stan
— Casey Maher (@casedillaaa) February 8, 2019
ARIANA REALLY SAMPLED NSYNC!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE
— tessa (@xtessalynn) February 7, 2019
DID ARIANA JUST REFERENCE *NSYNC?? I’m shook! pic.twitter.com/udheCTPxpT
— Cayte. (@daily_vitaminC) February 8, 2019
Listening to that sample I just want to thank Ariana Grande for highlighting one of the *NSYNC greats, It Makes Me Ill
— kylie sparks ??⚾️ (@kyliesparks) February 8, 2019
ariana sampling nsync has me more shook than any of today’s trades
— Julie Phayer (@juliephayer) February 8, 2019
ARIANA SAMPLING *NSYNC?????? MY POP PRINCESS
— rye ✨ (@ryescaf) February 8, 2019
AHHHHHHhhaha this NSYNC "IT MAKES ME ILL" sample on the newest Ariana, what a honest to god thrill
— LW (@lindseyweber) February 8, 2019
WHEN ARIANA STARTED SINGING NSYNC IM DEADDDDD
— catt (@VainerBuckle) February 8, 2019
Grande is coming for the crown, y’all.