On the pandemic in America and how it affected her fav holiday (Halloween) this year:
― “Couldn't we have just stayed at home for a few more weeks like all of the other countries that were fine and are better than we are? Like, did we all need to go to fucking Saddle Ranch that badly that we couldn't have waited for the deathly pandemic to pass?”
Through Ariana Grande's collaboration with HeadCount, over 20,000 people got registered to vote at her concerts.
― “I think it's important to [take social responsibility] and I think that I have kind of always been clear about where I sit with these matters. I tried to work it [into my work] in a way that is clear and definitive because I do want the people to watch my work to know how I feel about the world and how I feel about women's rights and how I feel about people being treated equally, and 'why can't things look like this?'”
Ariana Grande, like you, has been nervous about the election:
― “How are we gonna get this right for a country that is made up of so many diverse, beautiful people if the whole shit is being run by straight, white, old men? That's not fair. You know? How! How will we get this right?”
She struggled on whether or not releasing Postions when she did was an appropriate time to do so:
― “I've been so consumed with fear for the state of the world for a very long time that I'm like, 'oh yeah!' So I'm still supposed to put out the songs and make the fun videos and make people smile.”
[Discussion summary on the Positions tracklist]Shut Up
Sonically, the track felt like an intro, but it also set the tone, lyrically, of the album.
― “This is the level that we're vibrating on, let's rise above all the bullshit, let's celebrate what's good, let's be who we are, and say 'shut up.'”
Not realizing what the song was about until the last line (i.e just not doing the math at first) is the experience Ariana intended her audience to have for this track.
― “It came up as a total joke and then I fell in love with it. [...] I think that everything I do kind of has a little bit of humour in it, for sure.”
Motive, ft. Doja Cat
Doja was the right person for this song because Ariana felt it in her bones. Not much else is said about the song lol
Just Like Magic
You need to be a kind person to get what you want and it'll take a while.
― “My mom always taught me that if I want something, it can happen. Like, it's absolutely possible and to never act like it's not.”
Off the Table, ft. The Weeknd
Written from a fear of never finding love again. Making this song helped that fear lose its value for her.
― “That fear is something that exists, of course, in your head, when you let the trauma part of your brain take the command seat. That, of course, exists and your brain is constantly telling you, 'no, you don't deserve this' or 'no, this won't happen' or 'yes, this person is too good to be true'.”
― “6:30 on the clock, down. Are you down?”
Safety Net, ft. Ty Dolla $ign
A song about trust during that fearful stage of falling in love.
― “It's a tricky thing trusting people but there is a time where you do feel safe. It clicks.”
A theme of vulnerability. A lot of the chapters in her life has been defined by her hair (fire-truck-red hair for Cat, the ponytail, the white hair, etc.). Her hair is her guard/facade/costume piece and she has a hard time 'marrying' her real hair to her work.
― “My real hair, which is the humongous curly, curly poof. So few people get to see it and it's cute. It's who I am, privately.”
― “Just giggling, having a good time, making songs... I don't think it's any deeper than that, you know?”
Straight forward: I'd love to see me from his point of view.
― “Being proud of yourself... that's a really, really, really major accomplishment.”