Ariana Grande takes her “Position” on billboard charts


Ariana Grande in her music video for track 12, “Positions”. Image from Popsugar entertainment.

”Positions” will be Ariana Grande’s sixth studio album as of today, Friday, October 30th. Her fans patiently awaited the 14 track drop.

  1. “Shut Up”
  2. “34+35”
  3. “Motive” feat. Doja Cat
  4. “Just Like Magic”
  5. “Off the Table” feat. The Weeknd
  6. “Six Thirty”
  7. “Safety Net” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  8. “My Hair”
  9. “Nasty”
  10. “West Side”
  11. “Love Language”
  12. “Positions”
  13. “Obvious”
  14. “POV”

Grande had already blessed fans with Track 12, which shares the album title. Last Friday, October 23rd, the song “Positions” was released on various platforms including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, youtube, and Soundcloud. 

Let me start off by saying, Ariana Grande came to eat and left no crumbs. While there may be a tinge of bias, as I am a devoted Ariana fan, Ariana appeals to a large audience Her last name is Grande for a reason: she’s a big pop star, and even the most streamed female artist on Spotify. She continuously uses styles and influences of other genres to craft her pop style music. “Positions” is lyrically more in pop form, but uses R&B instrumentations, stylings, and vocal harmonies. Overall, the song paired with the music video is a 8.5/10 and here is why.

“Positions” begins with violin strings being plucked. A steady beat takes charge at the same time as her voice jumps in to sing. The song is in D-minor, which elicits feelings of melancholy, but the vocals and plucky violin create a different mood to the song. I would say the color of the music, or timbre, is bright. The music with her higher pitched vocals blend well making the song clear and vibrant. The song is melodious as well, so don’t be surprised if it gets stuck in your head. Not to be dramatic or anything, but this song was played  at least 10 times the day it was released. 

Her voice is light, delicate, and almost breathy which compliments the upbeat and lively tempo of the song. However, my favorite component of this song is the homophony musical texture, which happens when one voice stands out while others harmonize. Ariana Grande harmonizes at different points of the song, which certainly makes this song very satisfying to listen to.

Ariana Grande’s lyrics show she is smitten for a man, but above just that, she is truly committed to him. She starts off the song with the beautiful line, “Heaven sent you to me.” She is clearly in awe of this man, even saying he is “too good to be true.” Ariana’s intense love is shown through her willingness to fulfill multiple roles for her partner. She is willing to cook for her partner, “jump through hoops”, and wants to even meet his mother. There is simply “nothin (she) won’t do.” 

The music video for “Positions” takes an unexpected direction and the message displayed in the video, I believe is more significant than the song itself. The lyrics are warm with romance and affection, but in terms of originality, Ariana does not necessarily bring new ideas or feelings to the table. There is no empowerment, only cooking, obeying, and sexualization. Yet, I rate this song a 8.5 because the music video wonderfully shows women can be cooks and leaders. She brings a strong, social issue to her wide audience. The theme: Equality. 

Not only does Ariana’s message empower women, but she advocates for diversity in “positions” of power as well. Ariana Grande is shown as the President of the United States. At her cabinet meeting, the people around her are of different genders, races, and backgrounds. Later, as she confidently moves through the halls, she is followed by strong women leaders- diverse strong women leaders. She is even aware of the issues in today’s politics, recognizing a USPS worker with a medal, as the 2020 general election is heavily reliant on mail-in voting. While the lyrics scream love, there is no love interest in the video. Ariana shows that women can be successful without a man in important “positions” of power.