Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande.
It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records.
The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 earning 231,000 album-equivalent units in its first week of which 127,000 were from pure sales, thus becoming Grande’s third release to reach the top position in the country and subsequently marking the largest opening week numbers of her career.
It also topped several international album charts, including in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, earning a gold certification in the latter.
The album has spawned three top-twenty singles in the United States.
The lead single, “No Tears Left to Cry”, was released on April 20, 2018, alongside its music video, and debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. “The Light Is Coming”, featuring Minaj, was released as a promotional single on June 20, 2018, along with the pre-order of the album.
“God Is a Woman” was released as the second single on July 13, 2018, and peaked at number eight, while the third single “Breathin” debuted at number 22 following the album release and has since reached number 13.
sweetener consists mostly of pop, R&B, and trap songs that include elements of house, funk, neo-soul and hip-hop music on its beats and productions.
The melodies and harmonies on the album are diverse and include uptempo songs and many different down tempo sentimental ballads.
It explores a diversity of other music genres, including tropical house, EDM, synthpop and, minimalist urban influences.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic stated that the album “deepens the R&B inclinations of 2016’s Dangerous Woman.”
In an interview with Zach Sang, she said: “Listen, the thing that I love most about this project sonically, is that all I really did was sing in my sweet lower register”.