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."

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A VERY WICKED HALLOWEEN: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS ON BROADWAY -- Pictured: Ariana Grande -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Ariana Grande seen on September 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Ariana Grande performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin, 76, died at her home in Detroit on August 16. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Singer Ariana Grande performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin died at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit on August 16. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: American Express and Ariana Grande present 'The Sweetener Sessions' at Ace Hotel on August 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for American Express)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ariana Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Lani Grande, Marjorie Grande, Ariana Grande, and Joan Grande onstage during 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande attend the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Ariana Grande accepts an award onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Ariana Grande seen on the streets of Manhattan on August 17, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JULY 11: Alessia Cara (L) and Ariana Grande pose backstage at the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Day event on July 11, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Amazon)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande seen in Manhattan on June 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson seen out and about in Manhattan on June 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande are seen on June 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ariana Grande poses backstage at the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Ariana Grande poses backstage at the 2018 iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T at Banc of California Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Ariana Grande performs during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images )
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Ariana Grande attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Ariana Grande attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0862 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Ariana Grande with host Jimmy Fallon during 'Musical Genre Challenge' on May 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0862 -- Pictured: Singer Ariana Grande performs 'No Tears Left To Cry' on May 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0862 -- Pictured: Singer Ariana Grande arrives for an interview on May 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0862 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Ariana Grande with host Jimmy Fallon during 'NBD or No Big Deal' on May 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 20: Ariana Grande performs with Kygo onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 20, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0862 -- Pictured: Singer Ariana Grande performs 'No Tears Left To Cry' on May 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 20: Ariana Grande performs with Kygo onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 20, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 20: Ariana Grande performs with Kygo onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 20, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Ariana Grande performs onstage at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Ariana Grande poses with students at March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky and Ariana Grande attend March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Ariana Grande performs during March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Ariana Grande is seen on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Rapper Mac Miller and singer Ariana Grande are seen attending an Oscar party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GC Images)
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"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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