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Ariana Grande's latest album "Sweetener" released Aug. 17. The album is has opened at the top of the Billboard charts.

Ariana Grande is one of the biggest pop music sensations of today. Grande started out as an actress, acting on “Victorious,” as well as “Sam and Cat.”  She then became a popular singer/songwriter around 2013 and has been steadily building a fanbase since.  

Her latest album “Sweetener is a bit different from her others. This is Grande's first album release since the bombing at one of her concerts in Manchester, UK. Perhaps as a result, this album feels more honest and true to herself.  

In numerous interviews about “Sweetener,” she explains that all of her previous albums have been black and white, while this album cover is in color. Additionally, she poured all of her emotions into this album, which is another reason why she put it in color.  

This album is also different from others as Ariana Grande recently got engaged this month to  American comedian and actor Pete Davidson. In fact, one of the songs on the album is called “Pete Davidson” as tribute to how happy she is to be with him.  

“Get Well Soon” is also one of the most meaningful songs to Grande on this album and her career. In an interview with Troye Sivan, a fellow singer/songwriter, Grande lamented the personal nature of the track.  

 “I have always had anxiety; I've had anxiety for years. But when I got home from tour it reached a very different, intense peak,” Grande said.  "It became physical and I was not going out at all, and I felt like I was outside my body. I'd have these spells every now and then where I felt like I was having déjà vu, but like 24/7 for three months at a time.” 

Popular singer and co-producer Pharrell Williams encouraged Grande to put out these emotions to get out of her slump. He co-wrote this album with Grande, pushing her out of her comfort zone to make it as honest as possible in the process.  

One popular song on this album getting very honest reactions is “God is a Woman.”

The pop tune unsurprisingly caused religious controversy across the media. On Twitter, some are calling this the “pop song of the century.” Meanwhile others are saying it is disrespectful to religious beliefs. Regardless of the controversy, the song has a catchy tune and chorus, and is being played on the radio frequently, peaking at 11 on the Billboard 100 charts and currently in the top 30. 

Overall, Grande outdid herself on this album, and it will be difficult to top. 

Rating: 4.5/5 

KYNDSIE HUSTON is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  kahusto@IllinoisState.edu Follow her on Twitter at @kyndsie_h

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