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Ariana Grande has been rolling out singles leading up to the release of her album Sweetener which is officially available on all streaming platforms. The project has some major hip-hop influences with features from Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott and Pharrell who played a large role in the production of this album. Other notable producers credited on the project include Hit-Boy, Max Martin, and Ilya Salmanzadeh.
Pharrell’s touch is noticeably heard with his signature beats and rhythms on tracks “sweetener,” “blazed,” and “borderline” which was co-written by Missy Elliott. When talking about Pharrell in an interview Ariana shared “He pushed me in the best way.. I was so ready to do something that I haven’t already done…”
Tyler The Creator, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell among others all showed thier support for the project today on social media:
this sweetner album man whew. im in such a good mood, have a good day.
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 17, 2018
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 17, 2018
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) August 17, 2018
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 17, 2018
The editors note on Apple Music describes the album:
She (Ariana Grande) told Jimmy Fallon that Sweetener is “about bringing light to a situation or someone’s life, somebody else who brings light to your life, or sweetening the situation.” It’s a powerful statement, coming only a year after the devastating attack at her 2017 Manchester concert that killed 22 people and injured over 500. Grande responded with Sweetener a gorgeous, pastel album about love, happiness, strength, and womanhood.
Stream the album below: