Ariana Grande has released her much-anticipated new track, Imagine. It’s the second upcoming LP single she has recently dropped, alongside the title track from her forthcoming fifth studio album that she has said will be called Thank U, Next. Leading up to the new tune, the singer revealed to a fan via Twitter that the new set will have 13 songs. The record is set to follow the release of 2018’s Sweetener.
On the romantic ballad Imagine, Grande dreamily envisions a world with a lover with whom she can find passion and peace with in the aftermath, where she can “sleep on your chest.” “Drip, drip, dripped in gold/ Quick, quick, quick, let’s go,” she sings over a chilled-out, sultry melody. “Kiss me and take off your clothes/ Imagine a world like that.” You can hear the song below.
As she did with ‘Thank U, Next’ and now with ‘Imagine,’ Grande is making good on her desire to share new material on her own random release schedule. “My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t,” Grande recently said. “We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the pre-order, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this s_t. It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to f_ing talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.”
In addition to dropping her late-night new single, Grande also teamed up with her brother, Frankie, for a soaring cover of Rent‘s ‘Seasons of Love’ earlier on Thursday. In the accompanying video, the siblings are seen in a studio alongside friends who join them to croon the moving Broadway tune. For the sibling’s rendition, Ariana Grande served as the vocal producer per her brother’s YouTube post. In Frankie’s post, he also touted Fox’s live version of ‘Rent’, which will air on 27 January and features Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe and Jordan Fisher among others.
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