Ariana Grande's stardom has reached new heights this past year. The thank u, next singer released two full-length albums in a six-month period, and has just recently embarked on a worldwide tour to further cement her status as one of the world's biggest pop stars. However, over-performing can often take a toll on an artist's mental health, especially in an industry as competitive and scrutinized as mainstream music, a feeling Grande admits she's no stranger to.
The 25-year-old singer took to Twitter Wednesday to announce that she has new music on the way, which she collaboratively produced alongside songwriter Victoria Monét. "Man, let’s drop it tomorrow night @VictoriaMonet," Grande wrote. "Seven rings is ab to be number one for eight weeks and the album might go back to no. 1 too.... We need to celebrate tbh ! Life too short and too sweet rn."
One of the singer's fans applauded Grande for the nontraditional route she's adopted when it comes to releasing new music. "Ariana saying fuck the rules and deciding to release music whenever the fuck she wants / it feels right," the fan account wrote. Ariana then responded by explaining the impetus behind her new strategy.
"It feels sm healthier & sm more authentic & rewarding. regardless of the outcome, i prefer this bc it’s real & feels happy. no games," Grande wrote, explaining that this tactic has allowed her a newfound appreciation for music. "I love music. I love the ppl i make it w. These past few months made me fall in love w this job all over again. So thank u sm for being down."
Monét and Grande exchanged tweets that indicate the upcoming collaboration is set to be released this coming Monday.
However, in a since deleted Instagram story, the singer detailed how her mental health has been effected by distribution cycles in the past, explaining the exhausting nature of keeping up with promotional activity.
“Jus saying, thanks for being supportive of my random, impulsive and excessive music releases. The first few years of this were really hard on my mental health and energy," Grande wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “I was so tired from promo trips and was always losing my voice and never knew what city I was in when I woke up. It was so much. It was worth it and I am grateful for everything I learned and accomplished when I did things that way, of course.”
This isn't the first time Grande has publicly acknowledged her intention to adopt different musical release tactics. During a recent interview with Billboard, the singer explained that she's drawn inspiration from hip-hop artists who don't abide by formal release schedules.
"I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't," she explained. "We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this (expletive). It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to fucking talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do.”
Grande added that she intends on continuing to dictate the timeline of her own releases, regardless of who's on board. "Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?" she asked. "So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to."