Not even the best of the best “happy new year!” text can compare to the very special message Ariana Grande gave to fans via Instagram on December 31, 2017: an apparent snippet of a track from her next album. Ari has released three albums in less than five years, so there’s certainly no shortage of content from the 24-year-old vocal powerhouse. That being said, we’re all still waiting to what Ari can really do with those incredible pipes. She has said previously that she is going to take her “sweet ass time” on her fourth studio album, and has been working with producers like Pharrell, Hitmaka, and A1 over the last few months. Scooter Braun, Ari’s manager, has stated that the album will have a more mature sound, and will incorporate “big vocal moments” into “songs that define her.” It could finally be time for Ari to transition from adored pop star to world-renowned vocalist. —Carolyn Bernucca

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