October 14 was just another Wednesday morning — that is, until
returned to social media with a major announcement and nearly broke the internet in the process. Ariana Grande
“I can’t wait to give u my album this month,” the Grammy winner, 27, tweeted, sending fans and her celebrity friends into a frenzy.
i can’t wait to give u my album this month
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande)
October 14, 2020
“I can’t wait to accept it,”
replied. Josh Gad , meanwhile, joined Arianators in doing the math, writing, “That’s got to be soon! How many days hath October?!” Ellen DeGeneres
I can’t wait to accept it
— Josh Gad (@joshgad)
October 14, 2020
That’s got to be soon! How many days hath October?!
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
October 14, 2020
Grande has managed to stay under the radar for much of 2020 aside from a few promotional appearances for
“Stuck With U” and “Rain on Me,” her collaborations with and Justin Bieber , respectively. Her as-yet-untitled sixth studio album will be the follow-up to Lady Gaga . The breakup record, which she released in February 2019 after Thank U, Next calling off her four-month engagement to the previous October, featured the No. 1 singles “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” and was nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s Grammy Awards. Pete Davidson
For months, the pop star has been sharing snippets of songs that may appear on #AG6, as fans have temporarily dubbed the album. She teased on October 7 that the project was nearing its final stages, writing via
Instagram, “Turning in these mixes.”
The coronavirus lockdown — much of which she
spent at home in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, real estate agent — gave Grande plenty of time to write and record in the studio. Dalton Gomez
“It’s a great time to create because you’re stuck with your thoughts and left in your head a little bit, so I think all creatives are extra inspired right now,” she told Apple Music’s
Zane Lowe in May. “I didn’t have a home set-up until quite recently, and that’s been so much fun but also so bad for my sleep schedule and my eating schedule.”
As #AG6 inches closer, scroll through the gallery below for everything we know so far about Grande’s next era!
The Release Date
A source exclusively tells
Us Weekly that Grande is “eyeing Friday, October 30, for the release date.” The first single is expected on Friday, October 23, according to a second insider. ( Us has reached out to Grande’s rep for comment.)
Soon after the “Side to Side” singer announced that her album is coming “this month,”
retweeted her post, sparking rumors that the “Love Me Harder” collaborators may have worked together again. The Weeknd might also be featured, as Grande said during her Apple Music interview in May that she and the “Say So” singer “did a song together toward the end of last year.” Doja Cat
The Rascals, the duo who produced five songs on Grande’s debut album,
Yours Truly, hinted at their possible involvement in #AG6 by resharing her tweet on their Instagram Story with the eyes emoji. Grande’s friend Tommy Brown previously confirmed that he was working on the album, while Victoria Monét and Tayla Parx both said they wrote songs for it.
A song titled “Nasty,” which the
Victorious alum teased via Twitter and Instagram in March, is rumored to be a part of the tracklist as she “liked” a fan’s October 14 tweet that read, “SO WE GETTING NASTY ?” Meanwhile, a track called “My Hair,” which Grande created with Brown, Monét and Parx, was registered on the website for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in June.