Ariana Grande releases new song, first since 2017 bombing

Kelvin Reese
April 21, 2018

"No Tears Left to Cry" premiered on April 19 along with a futuristic, visual effects-driven new music video directed by Dave Meyers, who won Grammys for directing Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" (2006) and Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" (2018).

It's been almost a year since the Manchester concert bombing, and Ariana Grande is "pickin' it up" again. The nearly four-minute clip opens with Grande inside an abandoned building with a pensive look on her face.

Ariana Grande's new era is upon us.

Grande teased the song's release all week long with teardrop imagery on Instagram, and finally dropped it on Friday along with a corresponding video.

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Intentional or not, the umbrella dance sequence in the "No More Tears To Cry" video has put a lot of fans in mind of Ariana's first ever music video for "Put Your Hearts Up", which followed her success on the Nickelodeon show, "Victorious". Weeks after the incident, Grande hosted a benefit concert called One Love Manchester, and all proceeds went to the victims and survivors of the attack. Her last album, "Dangerous Woman", was released in 2016 and produced two top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart: the title track and then "Side to Side" featuring Nicki Minaj.

This upcoming record will be her fourth studio album. It's an instant earworm - and gratifying, too, to see Grande tackle the single alone rather than with a guest, as she often does. "Every bit of emotion because that's who she is", said Braun.

Pharrell Williams also serves as a producer of the album, and he described it as "pretty next-level".

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