Ariana Grande’s New Album ‘Positions’
Claire Miles - November 3, 2020

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Ariana Grande is no doubt one of the most influential and beloved pop stars of the decade. She is consistently topping charts and achieving just as many headlines for her personal life. Now, the world hangs on her every move and song. Her past two albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next, served as diaries of her life. Grande’s music makes listeners think, cry, and move.  And now Grande is throwing fans into a frenzy with her sixth studio album, Positions, which she released on Friday, October 30. Fans are loving it! The record is in line with her last two albums: R&B influenced pop, mostly mild-temp and very sultry. The 14-track album features guest appearances by Djoka Cat, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign.

Before dropping Positions, Grande kept us busy by adding to her growing collection of No. 1 hits with collaborations with Lady Gaga (“Rain On Me”) and Justin Bieber (“Stuck With U”). This week Positions was voted as fan-favorite new music for Billboards. Grande topped Billboard’s new music poll for a second week in a row. The pop superstar topped the chart with her latest single “Positions,” and this week she holds the No. 1 spot with her new album of the same name. The album beat out new music by Sam Smith (Love Goes), Harry Styles (“Golden”), Dua Lipa featuring Angèle (“Fever”) and Cam (The Other Side), among others.

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Mid-October, Grande announced she’s dropping an album and Arianators collectively freaked out. On October 14, Grande revealed she would be dropping her next album later that month. She tweeted, “I can’t wait to give u my album this month.” Mic drop. Fans have been speculating for a while that Grande’s sixth studio album was on its way. But it was pretty much expected when she tweeted October 7, “Turning in these mixes…” This is Grande’s third album in three years! Not since Rihanna in the mid-2000s has a pop artist delivered so many back-to-back albums this quickly. Fans, naturally, are thrilled. #AG6IsComing quickly started trending on Twitter.