Ariana Grande’s “Positions” is just like magic

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Ariana Grande’s album “Positions” was recorded at her home in Los Angeles.

Julie Jones

Ariana Grande shocked her fans when she announced the confirmation of her 6th studio album only a couple of weeks in advance of its official release date. On Oct. 14, 2020, Grande tweeted, “i can’t wait to give u my album this month.” Soon after she dropped the entire tracklist on her social media platforms, the album was officially released and available on streaming platforms on Oct. 30, 2020.

Grande treated her fans with her leading single, “positions”just a week before the album was released. This album features 14 songs, including her featured single. 

While this album is very on-brand for Grande, she did not hold back in any way. Most of the tracklist referenced inappropriate language and behavior, with nine out of the 14 songs containing explicit language.

There are three collab tracks on the album, the featured artists include The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, and Doja Cat. Grande and Doja Cat had been teasing their fans with hints of an upcoming collaborative number since the beginning of May.

Fans immediately noticed the references made to some of her previous relationships and songs from earlier albums. In the track “just like magic”fans suspect the lyrics “Take my pen and write some love letters to heaven,” as well as the song “six-thirty” is about Grande’s late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.

My favorite song on the album is “my hair”, the tone and the lyrics fit Grande’s voice so well and it’s something I feel like she hasn’t really done yet. I think the 14th track on the album is definitely worth a mention, “pov” is about finding self-love by being in a healthy relationship. In my opinion, there isn’t one bad or unimportant song, they are all beautiful and different from all her previous work.

This R&B pop trap album truly is just like magic. Every song has made it onto Billboard’s Hot 100 list, deservingly so. Each song is a piece of art and the amount of meaning put in every lyric is what makes it so great.