Since the pandemic in 2020, Ariana Grande has abandoned recording studios in favor of film sets. At the beginning of January and after four years of absence, the singer made her musical comeback, unveiling Yes, And? a first single. His seventh album was released on March 8 and is called Eternal Sunshine, an unexpected project born thanks to the actors’ strike in Hollywood.

Revealed to the general public in the 2010s on Disney Chanel, with series like Victorious and Sam and Cat, Ariana Grande experienced dazzling success in music in 2013. Her very first single, The Way, a duet with American rapper Mac Miller , climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording industry association of America). Yours Truly, the album in which the title is found, suffered the same fate, ranking at first place on the Billboard 200.

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But after six successful albums and her photo on the front page of Time (for an issue on the “leaders of the new generation”), the singer decided to take a long break from her musical career. In 2021, a year after the release of her album Positions, she returned to film and made a brief appearance alongside Meryl Streep and Leonardo Di Caprio in the comedy Don’t Look Up, playing a pretentious pop diva suddenly sensitized to the cause of the disappearance of humanity. Ariana Grande then landed one of the main roles in Wicked, an adaptation of the Broadway musical. The first part of the film, split in two, is expected in the fall.

And music in all that ? “I had no intention of releasing an album. In fact, I was really opposed to the idea of ​​releasing music before the end of filming on the two Wicked films, confides the singer in an interview with the Zach Sang Show. But as soon as the actors’ strike started, I went to New York […] I went to the studio for fun with Max Martin for a week and I was inspired.

On January 12, the singer unveiled Yes, and?, a first single, which she released in several versions, including a duet with the Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. Without any big surprise, the title took first place on the Billboard Hot 100. “I’m so moved. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to my fans, the most incredible angels in the world, for the love you showed this song, confided Ariana Grande on Instagram. It’s overwhelming and truly moving to see how many of you were touched by this song.”

Two months later, the album was finally released under the name Eternal Sunshine, a reference to the Michel Gondry film released in 2004. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind depicts a tumultuous romantic relationship between Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet). “A lot of people can relate to it, and I think it’s kind of obvious that these songs had little snippets of that theme,” the singer said in an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music.