The new record comes less than a year after her last studio effort, Sweetener, which became a global success last summer. Now, after the transatlantic success of its enormous title track, the new record – thank u, next (lower case intentional) – has landed on streaming services. And safe to say, it’s already an early contender for the most buzzworthy record of the year.
The album’s name has been trending on Twitter since its release, as have the song titles Ghostin and NASA.
The lyrics to Ghostin in particular have left fans stunned.
It’s been suggested that the track is about her relationship with Pete Davidson following the death of Mac Miller.
The star had said on social media last month: “[it’s about] feeling badly for the person you’re with bc [because] you love somebody else. feeling badly bc he can tell he can’t compare…. and how i should be ghosting him.”
In the song, she sings: “I know you hear me when I cry, I try to hold it in the night, when you’re sleeping next to me. But its your arms that I need this time.
“Look at the cards that we’ve been dealt, if you were anybody else, probably wouldn’t last a day.
“Every tear’s a rain parade from hell, baby you do it so well.”
In My Head is also strongly resonating.
“My imagination’s too creative, they see demon, I see angel, angel, angel without a halo, wingless angel,” the superstar says on the track.
“Falling, falling, but I never thought you’d leave me, falling, falling, needed something to believe in, oh, I thought you were the one.”
Fake Smile also has a heartbreaking edge to it, as the star opens up about fame.
“I read the things the write about me,” she confesses. “Hear what they saying on the TV, it’s crazy.
“It’s getting hard for them to shock me, but every now and then it’s shocking, don’t blame me.
“I know it’s the life that I chose, but baby I’m grateful I want you to know, I’m happy for the love and all the above, if I’m being honest I done been through way too much.”
thank u, next is almost certain to be number one in the UK next week.
Stream it on Spotify here.