Ariana Grande Single Song “no tears left to cry”
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“No Tears Left To Cry” (stylized in all lowercase) is the lead single and tenth track from Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener. It was released through Republic Records on April 20, 2018.
The song has reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart, as well as reaching number one on iTunes in 90 countries, including in the United States, surpassing Grande’s previous record of 79 countries with “Problem”.
On April 9, 2018, it was reported that Grande was set to release the lead single from her upcoming fourth studio album on April 27, 2018. On April 16, 2018, it was reported that she may move up the lead single release to April 20, 2018 due to labelmate Post Malone’s album being released on April 27. On April 17, 2018, Grande announced that the lead single was titled “no tears left to cry” and would be released on April 20, 2018. On April 18, Grande slowly shared the cover on Instagram by posting different sections each time, and also posted a 30-second snippet of the song. Grande hosted a listening party in London earlier in the week.
It impacted hot adult contemporary radio on April 23, and contemporary hit and contemporary rhythmic radio on April 24.
Laura Snapes of The Guardian called the song an “instant earworm”, and praised Ariana for tackling “the single alone rather than with a guest, as she often does”. Snapes also complimented on the inclusion of “some satisfyingly specific lyrical barbs” aimed at the haters. Andrew Unterberger from Billboardstated ‘no tears left to cry’ as “a grower, not to be fully appreciated on first listen”. Chris Willman of Variety described the song as “the breeziest, most danceable kind of post-traumatic recovery anthem with dark undertones”.Writing for MTV News, Charlie Holmes regarded the song as “the anthem we needed”, and believed that it “[spoke] to her experience, healing her hurt, while simultaneously doing the same for the world”. Daniel Welsh of HuffPost called the song “[e]xciting, emotional and unlike anything she’s done before”, with the message of it being “about picking yourself up, leaving the darkness behind and dancing into the light”. Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone wrote that “Grande celebrates rising above the world’s negativity” with “positive vibes on [the] upbeat new song”. The Guardian listed “No Tears Left to Cry” as the 3rd best song of 2018, along with Grande’s “Thank U, Next” as the 6th. Billboard‘s “100 Best Songs of 2018” list placed “No Tears Left to Cry” at #14.
For the cover art, Grande looks to the right as a rainbow rests across her eyes. Rainbows are a natural phenomenon that appear after rain, as the sun refracts through the water droplets. Symbolically, a rainbow tends to represent the idea of hope and optimism. The image illustrates the idea that Ariana’s teardrops have faded, resulting in the rainbow, and she is ready to move on.
The song title, “No Tears Left To Cry” is 180º turned around, and the name of Ariana Grande is not found anywhere on the cover, being her first main single cover art without her name featured on it.
Grande performed the song for the first time on April 20, 2018, at Coachella, during Kygo’s set. On May 1, 2018, Grande gave her first televised performance of the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It was also performed at YouTube Brandcast 2018 on May 3, 2018. On May 20, 2018, Grande opened the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with a performance of “No Tears Left To Cry”.
Grande performed “No Tears Left to Cry” on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions among other songs from Sweetener. She also performed it on the one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC, recorded on September 7, 2018 and aired on November 1.
On April 19, 2018, Grande posted a preview of the music video and revealed that it would be released alongside the single on April 20..
The music video was directed by Dave Meyers, who directed the music video for Beauty and the Beast. He has directed videos for other artists, including Katy Perry, Camila Cabello and Kendrick Lamar. He posted a picture with the caption “ʎɹɔ oʇ ʇɟǝl sɹɐǝʇ ou” to Instagram on April 17, 2018. Shanté Honeycutt of Billboard called it “a beautiful, mind-bending video” and quoted Meyers as follows: “The concept we wanted to explore was the disorientation that you go through in life and the quest we all go through to kind of find the ground again.”