In case you’ve been under a rock all morning, Ariana Grande has released a new album.
It’s taken over social media and music news, with critics fawning over it – and fans discussing whether or not there might be a secret message in there..
This is the first new studio album that she has released since the devastating terrorist attack at one of her concerts last year in Manchester, and fans think that she might well have paid silent tribute to the victims in her album.
The final track on Sweetener is entitled ‘Get Well Soon’ and includes a 40-second silence at the end – taking the running time up to 5 minutes and 22 seconds exactly: the attack, of course, took place on May 22nd 2017, or 5/22 in the American date ordering.
“I was confused at first, but I learned that the last 40 sec of silence on ‘Get Well Soon’ are to honor the victims of the Manchester bombing… :cry:we’re not supposed to have any tears left to cry but… here I am,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another wrote: “the fact Ariana honoured the Manchester victims in get well soon allowing a moment of silence until it was 5 minutes 22 seconds long, I just don’t have the words right now. she has my entire heart. the @ArianaGrande you’re an angel ♡ #Sweetener”
Grande has maintained a strong link to Manchester after the bombing, appearing in a concert to raise funds for the victims in June 2017.
She said that the song itself is about her anxiety, telling Elle magazine: “When I got home from tour, I had really wild dizzy spells, this feeling like I couldn’t breathe. I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere.”
“I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.
The album itself has been superbly reviewed, with many citing it as her best to date, while referencing the effect that the attacks had on her music.
It’s impossible to understand about the singer’s fourth album without mentioning the career rupture that influenced it: the 2017 bombings at her Manchester concert, a tragedy that Grande has credited with reshaping her “Sweetener” songs,” writes Maeve McDermott in USA Today.