Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video takes the music industry by storm


Jennifer Laukonis, Staff Writer

  On Fri. Nov 30, pop sensation Ariana Grande released her music video for her latest single, “Thank U, Next.” The video quickly went to the top of YouTube’s trending list, and students at Lakeview cannot stop talking about it.

  Grande released her No. 1 single “Thank U, Next” in early November. The song was released as a way for Grande to move on from her breakups. She mentions her exes- Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller, and Pete Davidson- and leads up to how she is happy living life single. Grande constantly repeats, “Thank U, Next” to show how she is thankful for the lessons her exes taught her and to, ultimately, move on.

  Although Grande meant for her single to be harmless and encouraging, many people took Grande’s words to be unnecessary. They believed that Grande should never have mentioned her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who died at age 26 of drug overdose. Although Grande states in the song, “wish I could say thank you to Malcolm, cause he was an angel,” they felt it was disrespectful. People also took Grande’s lyric, “even almost got married” as a cruel joke of a broken engagement ; they criticized her for getting over her relationship with ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, so quickly.  

  Nevertheless, the love for Grande’s single trumps the hate. Not long after Grande released the song, she teased her “Thank U, Next” music video by posting multiple pictures and teaser clips on her social media. Each post consisted of one topic: four iconic early-2000s movies.

  The movies in Grande’s latest music video are Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going on 30. She includes a multitude of celebrities, including Jennifer Coolidge and Jonathan Bennett, from these movies to re-create iconic scenes.

  In the “Thank U, Next” music video, Grande included famous scenes such as the “Jingle Bell Rock” dance scene (Mean Girls), the cheerleading scene with the Clovers (Bring it on), the famous “bend and snap” scene (Legally Blond), and Jenna’s dollhouse scene (13 going on 30).

  Although Grande recreated these classic movie scenes, she made sure to add her own twist to each one. For example, the Jingle Bell Rock scene had new choreography and had the audience singing along to “Thank U, Next.” She also made the dollhouse from 13 Going on 30 a representation of the set of “Thank U, Next.”

  Grande’s endless teasers for each of these scenes created a lot of talk over the what would come. Once the music video was posted, it immediately took over the internet. It was all anyone, including students at Lakeview, were talking about.  

  Georgia Garcia, ‘22 enjoyed Grande’s latest music video and found the concept to be very interesting.

  “I love Ariana Grande, and I think her newest song is amazing. The video is such a good idea in recreating all those scenes from the best movies. It goes really well with the song,” Garcia stated.

  Although Anna Musili, ‘19 does not follow Grande’s music much, she also enjoyed Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video.

  “I honestly love it. I’m not a diehard Ariana Grande fan, but I think the song is catchy; the music video was hilarious,” Musili mentioned.

  Student Emma Schulz, ‘20 has been a major fan of Grande since 2011. For this reason, she made sure to watch Grande’s “Thank U, Next” music video as soon as possible.

  “I really like Ariana Grande’s music because she has different styles of music, and her voice is so different and recognizable. Ariana inspires people with her music, and she doesn’t care what others think of her. I loved the “Thank U, Next” video. Seeing familiar faces and the recreation of some of my favorite movies was amazing,” Schulz stated.