Ariana Grande’s got ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ while paying tribute to Manchester victims
Pop star Ariana Grande returned to the music scene with the release of her first single since 2016, “No Tears Left To Cry,” last Friday and began her newest era with a bang.
The song’s release shuts down any rumors that the single would be an emotional ballad.
Around the 20-second mark, the soft angelic introduction builds up and transforms into a dance-pop anthem of joy.
The electronic drums are reminiscent of the 1990s, but the rest of the musical elements, lyrics included, provide a fresh pop hit straight out of the 21st century.
Although the beat certainly stands out, Grande’s iconic and powerful vocals are the front-and-center star of “No Tears Left To Cry,” as though the song had been crafted to uniquely fit her voice.
The message is meant to uplift listeners as it references Grande’s current state of happiness, with the first few lyrics of the chorus including: “Right now, I’m in a state of mind / I wanna be in, like, all the time / Ain’t got no tears left to cry.”
The lyrical relevance is not lost on the general public, considering this is Grande’s first official release since the bombing at her concert last May.
That attack had killed 23 people, including the attacker, and injured even more, many of them being young children.
Grande paid her respects two weeks after the terror attack by organizing a benefit concert entitled, “One Love Manchester,” to raise money for the victims and their families.
In an Instagram post about her new single to her followers, Grande said, “I hope this song brings you light and comfort but also makes you wanna dance and live ya best life! I am so excited for this new chapter with you all.”
The strong optimistic energy that the song encompasses clearly resonated with the singer’s fans.
Within 24 hours of its release, “No Tears Left To Cry” managed to reach number one on iTunes in over 80 countries.
The music video that came out simultaneously (an artistic effect-filled take on a world that allows Grande to defy gravity) garnered over 14 million views within that same time period.
Both achievements broke Grande’s personal records and the single debuted atop the iTunes Worldwide Song Chart.
The day after its release, Grande made a special guest appearance at the annual music festival, Coachella, alongside Norwegian DJ Kygo.
She performed “No Tears Left To Cry” for the first time as well as a cover of “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye, wowing the tens of thousands in the audience with her sudden arrival and stunning live vocals.
According to TMZ, Grande was apparently involved in the writing of every song on her upcoming album, which has been produced by American artist and producer Pharrell Williams, and Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin.
In an interview with “Today,” Williams said, “I have work to do. Music to make. And so many records…Ariana Grande’s album is amazing.”
The singer is set to take over The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a full hour on Tuesday, May 1, and perform her new single.
The current success of “No Tears Left To Cry” is sure to set the tone of Ariana Grande’s future success with her fourth studio album planned to arrive sometime this year.
The lead single exudes pure bliss, grows on the listener more with each replay, and gives pop music lovers a new feel-good banger to sing at the top of their lungs just in time for the summer.