Album Review: Tayla Parx Is Her Own Artist on ‘We Need to Talk’

The hardest musical release for any artist is their sophomore record, but to get there they have to make it past the equally difficult and important debut album. As listeners, we demand a lot from debut albums. They have to be unique, fun to listen to, and contain a clear statement of why the artist…

Ariana Grande & Victoria Monét Drop “MONOPOLY”

Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét are best friends and collaborators. The two have worked together on every one of Ariana’s five studio albums, and they built her latest album (thank u, next; read here) during late night studio and champagne sessions. Yesterday (April 1), the two released their first official single together, “MONOPOLY.” In the…

Ariana Delivers a Dark Companion to ‘Sweetener’ with ‘thank u, next’

When you think of a list of artists who could drop two albums in six months, the list mainly includes rappers. Future, Drake, NBA Youngboy, and… Ariana Grande? On her fifth full-length studio album, Grande reinvents the pop wheel by releasing the antithesis to her Grammy-nominated #1 summer album, Sweetener (review here). Following the culture-shifting…

Ariana Grande Reaches New Heights with “7 rings”

On the follow up to her massive “thank u, next,” Ariana cuts the crooning and raps about retail therapy as a way to get over a breakup. Like “thank u,” “7 rings” is empowering. She flips the weight of her engagement ring in to friendship rings for “six of her bitches.” Ariana is delightfully cocky…

Review: Ariana Grande Nails It Again With “Imagine”

“Imagine,” a new song from Ariana Grande’s upcoming fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, is an exercise in narrative building. Over a twinking, string-laden Happy Perez & Pop Wansel production, Ariana crafts a mirage of the perfect relationship only to have it destroyed by her piercing belts in the chorus. Ariana’s progression in songwriting has been…