Thank U, Next is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released on February 8, 2019, by Republic Records. It was released six months after her fourth studio album Sweetener (2018), created in the midst of Grande's personal struggles, including the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her breakup with then-fiancé Pete Davidson. Grande began working on the album in October 2018, enlisting writers and producers such as Tommy Brown, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Pop Wansel. With Thank U, Next, Grande distanced herself from the traditional promotion cycle that she employed for her previous album releases. Musically, Thank U, Next is a pop, R&B, and trap album, taking influences from hip hop. The album was preceded by two singles, the title track and "7 Rings", both of which debuted atop the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Grande's first two number-one songs in the US. "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" became the third single on the day of the album's release, peaking at number two on the Hot 100. All of the album's 12 tracks entered the Hot 100, with the singles occupying the top three spots, making Grande the first soloist to achieve it. The album topped the charts in various countries, and broke many streaming records upon release, including the records for the largest weekly streams for a pop album and a female album in the United States. It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and landed at number two on the US Billboard 200 Year-End chart of 2019. Globally, it was the eighth best-selling album of 2019, and fourth best-selling album by a female artist. Upon its release, Thank U, Next received critical acclaim, with compliments on the cohesive production and Grande's showcase of her personal and vulnerable side. In support of both Sweetener and Thank U, Next, Grande embarked on the Sweetener World Tour, beginning on March 18, 2019. The concert tour grossed $146.4 million from 97 shows. At the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Thank U, Next was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while "7 Rings" was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The album was ranked in several year-end and decade-end best music lists..
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