Ari­ana Grande’s ‘The Light Is Com­ing’

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE -

All Ari­ana Grande’s new al­bum, Sweet­ener, needs is a re­lease date to ce­ment its sta­tus as one of the sea­son’s most an­tic­i­pated al­bums. Grande re­turned this spring with rous­ing sin­gle No Tears Left to Cry and news that her new al­bum would ar­rive this sum­mer. The next song Grande re­vealed is The Light Is Com­ing, which she un­veiled live dur­ing her set at Los An­ge­les’ Wango Tango fes­ti­val last week. Kick­ing off with a Nicki Mi­naj verse, the track’s rub­bery beat trades the swag­ger­ing sex ap­peal of Side to Side, Grande’s pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mi­naj, for quirky pro­duc­tion from Phar­rell, in­vok­ing his lat­est sin­gle, Lemon, with Ri­hanna. The Light Is Com­ing may not make for a smash sin­gle like Side to Side, but it shows Grande isn’t afraid to tap into her weirder side.

– Maeve McDer­mott

Ari­ana Grande

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