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Ariana Grande stepped away from the spotlight following the deadly shooting at her 2017 Manchester concert and subsequent charity event in the U.K., but the singer is now back and ready to deliver an album full of hopeful hits for her huge fan base. Grande took over The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, spilling tea on her new album and showing off her incredible vocal range.
Grande revealed exclusively to Fallon that her new album will be arriving this summer and features production by Pharrell. The singer also said that the album will be called Sweetener, a title inspired by finding things that make life sweeter. “It’s about bringing light to a situation or to someone’s life or somebody that brings light to your life, sweetening the situation,” said Grande.
Sweetener will likely arrive August 20, with Grande saying that she will be doing something special on the 20th of each month leading up to the release date, with three dates between now and the album release. For May 20, Grande will be returning to the award show circuit and performing at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Grande shared some of the tracklisting for Sweetener, including “REM,” “The Light Is Coming,” “God Is A Woman,” and “Raindrops,” which is the album’s intro. Grande also revealed that most of the song titles are hidden throughout the video for her lead single “No Tears Left To Cry,” so prepare to re-watch the clip and do some sleuthing.
The pair quickly discussed Grande’s return to the stage after the horrific Manchester tragedy that claimed the lives of 22 people, returning to lighter subject matter and playing Music Genre Challenge. Grande has to know what she’s going to be singing ahead of time, right? It’s impressive either way, but dang, her improv skills are unreal.
Grande also took part in what is quickly becoming one of the most heartwarming sketches on Fallon, where she surprised fans who were performing her hit song “One Last Time.” Good luck getting to the end without crying. You’ve been warned.
It’s good to have you back, Ariana.