Ariana Grande on the sound of new album 'Sweetener': 'Issa bop -- but issa message'


Ariana Grande continues to tease her upcoming album, "Sweetener."

The singer's fourth studio album, expected this summer, is her first material since the devastating terrorist attack that killed 23 people last May, and Grande opened up to The FADER's Myles Tanzer about what fans can expect from the highly-anticipated release.

"I’ve always just been like a shiny, singing, 5-6-7- 8, sexy-dance…sexy thing. But now it’s like, ‘OK … issa bop -- but issa message. Issa bop but also has chunks of my soul in it. Here you go. Also, I cried 10 hundred times in the session writing it for you. Here is my bleeding heart, and here is a trap beat behind it,'" Grande said of her new music. "There’s definitely some crying-on-the-dance-floor stuff on this one."

And she means that literally. The singer released "No Tears Left To Cry," a pulsing dance song that indirectly alludes to the Manchester tragedy and how it's affected her life in the year since, back in April as the first single off of "Sweetener."

"I’ve never been this vulnerable to myself," she continued. "I feel like I graduated almost. I feel like for a long time the songs were great, but they weren’t songs that made me feel something the way these songs do."

Grande went on to say that her fans -- the Arianators -- were integral in her healing and subsequent maturation. They've helped her feel as though she wasn't alone in feeling the things that she was feeling.

"The thing that makes me feel okay with opening up and finally allowing myself to be vulnerable is that I know [my fans] feel the same feelings," she explained. "I’ve talked to them about it. I have fans that have become friends of mine. I have their numbers, and we talk all the time. I played [the song] for them before I played it for my label. They were like, ‘Thank you,’ when they heard that one. It was so scary to do that, but to see them be like, ‘I get it, I feel that too.'"

Read Ariana Grande's full interview with The FADER here.

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