Ariana Grande Said Her Album Is Divided Into “Vulnerable” Songs And Others Where She’s “Playing The Part” That People “Expect” Of Her

“It’s kind of a concept album because it’s all different, like, heightened pieces of the same story, of the same experience,” she told a room of record label execs.

We’re only a month away from Ariana Grande’s seventh studio album, Eternal Sunshine, and she’s giving fans a taste of what to expect.

Close-up of Ariana with a ponytail and wearing a strapless outfit

On Thursday, Ari posted a video to her Instagram page showing footage of her previewing songs from the upcoming album for executives at her label, Republic Records.

Close-up of Ariana on a talk show

Standing before them nervously, Ari explains that she was keen to involve her team and everyone at Republic “as soon as possible because things are just pouring out and happening very quickly, as they often do.”

Close-up of Ariana wearing a sweater at the presentation and smiling with "I'm nervous" caption

“You know how I am, and you know how these things go,” she says before giving some insight into the making of the album.

Close-up of Ariana wearing a sweater

“We’re gonna do proper vocals and orchestrations in November,” she explains. “I wanted to share with you’s kind of a concept album because it’s all different, like, heightened pieces of the same story, of the same experience.”

At this point in the introduction, Ariana looks to be fighting back tears. “I’m, like, weirdly emotional [because] I’ve been doing this for you guys for 10 years, 12 years,” she says before turning around and willing herself to “fucking pull it together, bitch.”

Close-up of Ariana wearing a sweater in front of a computer with her back to the camera with caption "f*cking pull it together, b"

After managing to compose herself, she gets right back to her speech and informs the room that the “working” title for the album is Eternal Sunshine.

Close-up of Ariana sitting in a crowd and wearing a cap

“I have nine songs I’m going to play, but 13 songs that are in the world,” she explains. “They’re enough that I wanted to bring my family in and play it for you guys so that we could all be thinking about what to do.”

Close-up of Ariana wearing a sweater and standing by a computer

And while we don’t hear any snippets of the music in the clip, Ari does tease that some of the tracks “are really vulnerable,” while others see her “playing the part that people kind of expect me to be sometimes, and having fun with that.”

Close-up of Ariana wearing a sweater and standing by a computer

Before she clicks play, Ariana shares that the album came together “pretty fast” over the fall while she had time off from shooting the Wicked movies amid the actors strike, which ended in November.

“When the strikes started, I came here and I did a week with Max [Martin] in September, and then I came every day by myself for a while. And then we did another week in October,” she says.

Close-up of Ari smiling and waving in a strapless outfit

The video ends with clips of everyone in the room standing up and applauding as Ariana crouches on the floor, beaming and wiping away her tears with a tissue.

Close-up of Ari smiling and crouching

Now, if you’ve been following Ariana’s personal life in the past year, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that her upcoming album is going to be quite the emotional roller coaster.

Close-up of Ari on The Voice

In July, news broke that Ariana had split from her husband of nearly two years, Dalton Gomez. The exes filed simultaneous divorce petitions in September, both citing “irreconcilable differences.”

We haven’t heard a whole lot about the split, although Ariana did make references to “healing” in “Yes, And?” — the first single from her new album, which dropped to much fanfare on Jan. 12.

Close-up of Ari in a strapless tulle outfit at the Grammys

However, it’s safe to say that the biggest talking points from the new single were the apparent references to Ariana’s new boyfriend, Ethan Slater, and the allegations that the two of them engaged in an affair behind their respective partners’ backs last year.

Close-up of Ethan at a media event

For a quick reminder, Ethan and Ariana met on the Wicked set while they were both presumed to still be with their spouses. Just three days after Ariana’s divorce was announced, news broke that she and Ethan were reportedly dating, and within a week, he filed to divorce his wife, Lilly Jay, too.

Close-up of Ethan and Lilly Jay at a media event

The pair soon came under fire after a ton of reports claimed that they’d had an affair on the Wicked set. However, numerous sources close to Ariana and Ethan have denied the claims of infidelity, alleging that they began dating when they were both newly single.

Close-up of Ethan at a media event

The scandal reached peak messiness when Ethan’s estranged wife — with whom he welcomed a child in August 2022 — went on the record to publicly slam Ariana, saying she’s “not a girl’s girl.”

Right now, it seems that Ethan and Ariana are still together, although neither of them has publicly commented on the scandal.

Close-up of Ari on The Voice

Which brings us to January, when Ari seemed to casually brush off the cheating allegations on “Yes, And?,” singing the lines, “Your business is yours and mine is mine / Why do you care so much whose dick I ride?”

Screenshot of the lyrics, including "My tongue is sacred, I speak upon what I like / Protected, sexy, discerning with my time / Your energy is yours and mine is mine / What's mine is mine / My face is sitting, I don't need no disguise"

Within a matter of days after the song was released, Ariana was met with intense backlash and lost more than 350,000 followers on Instagram.

She hasn’t addressed the criticism — although it certainly kicked off her new music era with a bang.

Close-up of Ari wearing a sweater and leaning over a computer

You can watch her full Instagram video here. Eternal Sunshine drops on March 8.

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