the meaning behind Ariana Grande's song, thank u, next

It’s been one hell of a year for everyone. Mercury just exited retrograde today (if you believe in that sort of thing), America’s political and justice systems are being put to the test, and xenophobic behavior is re-surging all over the world.

On top of all that, it’s breakup season. Breakups most frequently happen on:

Valentine's day
Spring season
April fool's day (that’s fucked up!)
Summer break
Two weeks before Christmas and
Christmas day

...according to a study by David McCandless, a British data-journalist.

Ariana Grande’s song “thank u, next” could not be hitting at a more perfect time. The soft, melancholy keyboard synths are reminiscent of a tiny warm holiday light glowing in the cold. The song soothes the heart. I couldn’t help but fall in love with her voice and this melody.

It was a blast revisiting the iconic 90s movies from my childhood with Ariana and her team putting their own twist on it.

Plus the message of the song is amazing. Jennifer Coolidge, who reprised her role as Paulette from Legally Blonde in this music video, puts it perfectly:

“The message is...that you don’t have to destroy yourself over men. You can date men and when it goes wrong you benefit from the hardship but you move on and it’s just like, okay, you don’t have to hang out in it.

“When I was growing up there weren't messages like this. There weren’t strong female songs like this where the message was just so clear to a young girl. You don’t have to feel crappy about a relationship that has gone wrong. This is such a good song and such a good message. I wish there were more of these.”