Ariana Grande takes followers behind the scenes within the first episode of her extremely anticipated Dangerous Woman Diaries docuseries, launched Thursday (Nov. 29) on YouTube.
“The Light Is Coming,” the primary episode of the YouTube authentic sequence, traces the Sweetener album launch, from Grande’s work within the studio with Pharrell to her epic VMA efficiency of “God Is a Woman.” In the episode, Grande — Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year — talks about how private the album feels to her, extra so than any of her different tasks. “I don’t really feel like I stepped out of my consolation zone,” Grande mentioned about Sweetener. “I really feel like I discovered it.”
With one down and three extra elements of the docuseries to go, right here’s all the pieces we realized about Grande and the making of Sweetener from this week’s episode.
Pharrell Helped Push Ariana to New Heights on Sweetener
Footage of Grande working within the studio with Pharrell on Sweetener’s “Get Well Soon” exhibits simply how invested the 2 have been within the album. “Don’t be mad at me, however I feel the second time the refrain comes round, we’d want you to do all the background [vocals] once more,” Pharrell tells Grande as she sings within the sales space. Grande fully agrees with him as they work to excellent the music’s kaleidoscope of vocal tones. After listening to a extra remaining model of the music, Grande is so overjoyed on the consequence that she hugs Pharrell.
“REM” and “Get Well Soon” Are Ari’s “Rainbow Cloud” Songs
While Grande was within the studio with Pharrell recording “Get Well Soon,” he refers back to the Sweetener nearer as “by far, our most rainbow cloud music.” Grande agreed that “Get Well Soon” and “REM” are probably the most “rainbow cloudy” to her and “sound like [her] DNA.” After a second, she pauses to contemplate what she simply mentioned. “Or how I want I felt,” Grande decides. “Not how I really feel, however how I’m striving to really feel.”
Filming “The Light Is Coming” Video Was Not Effortless
Behind-the-scenes footage from her “The Light Is Coming” video exposes the difficulties Grande confronted whereas filming in the dead of night forest. “I’m trotting round on some actually, actually thick, invisible, slippery roots,” Grande laughs. The singer, who labored on the video with director Dave Meyers, additionally revealed that her authentic concept for “The Light Is Coming” was not what it ended up being. “I believed I noticed the therapy and browse it and got here up with it,” Grande mentioned. “But then I bought right here and realized that’s not what we’re doing.”
A Moment While Filming the “God Is a Woman” Video Left Ari Speechless
Madonna, who lends her voice to the “God Is a Woman” video to recite Samuel L Jackson’s Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction, gave Grande not only one, however seven takes to work with. “I don’t have phrases,” Grande says of Madonna, who paved the way in which for feminine pop stars. “Life doesn’t get higher than this.”
A Fan Heard Sweetener Before Ariana’s Label Did
Grande has at all times had a particular bond together with her followers and revealed within the docuseries simply how a lot their opinion means to her. She flew a fan named Anys in from Paris to hearken to Sweetener earlier than her label even heard it and had a Sweetener preview sleepover with followers to “assist calm [her] nerves” earlier than she put it out.
Ariana’s Nonna Had a Hilarious Reaction to Her VMA Appearance
In the episode, Grande reveals that she was operating on the treadmill when she got here up with the idea of re-creating da Vinci's "The Last Supper" portray for her VMA efficiency of “God Is a Woman.” She introduced out her mom Joan, Nonna and cousin Lani on the finish of the efficiency to rejoice the generations of Grande girls. While Grande cried at dancer Brian Nicholson’s concept to deliver her household out, Nonna had a special response, telling Grande, “It’s about time you requested me.”
Ariana Isn’t Afraid to Ask for Help
Hilarious footage from Grande’s VMA efficiency rehearsal performs because the episode’s credit start to roll and divulges simply how relatable the pop star stays. Grande interrupts the rehearsal to ask the roomful of girls a query. “Can you do me a strong? I do know one in every of y’all has a tampon,” she says because the room erupts in laughter.