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Tunes with Tate: My Family Rates “Positions” by Ariana Grande

There are few people in this world who can break the internet, and Ariana Grande is one of them. The Instagram post announcing her new album release has 52,314 comments and over 4 million likes. As we’ve seen throughout this tumultuous year, artists have had to adapt their pre-planned releases and products of quarantine to the pandemic. 

So, when she tweeted “can’t wait to give u my album this month,” on October 14th, you can imagine the insane response from across the globe. 

The replies included fans thanking her for saving 2020, crying emojis and ‘I love yous’. People were equally if not more excited when she announced the impending release of the single “Positions” and its music video a week later.

After the hit show Victorious, on which Grande played Cat Valentine, ended in February 2013, her music career took off. Her debut album, Yours Truly, was released later that year with singles “Baby I” and “The Way”, featuring Mac Miller. She has since released five other albums and hit singles such as, “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea, “Dangerous Woman”, “no tears left to cry”, and “thank u, next”.

While appreciation and love for her albums are not hard to come by, Grande has physical proof of their success as well. Among her impressive collection of awards are the 2019 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener, three American Music Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, four iHeartRadio Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards and more.

As of November 11, 2020, every single track on “Positions” has made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Positions” and “34+35” are at number one and two, respectively, on the Rolling Stone Top 100 chart and a variety of the new tracks have made it onto top Spotify playlists. 

Whether you’re a fan of her music or not, the part she has consistently played in paving the way for women deserves an immense amount of respect. So, before the world is dominated by a rebirth of 1960’s fashion inspired by the Positions photoshoot, here’s what The Fam had to say:

Mom: I did not enjoy this album. My ears aren’t bleeding or anything, but every song sounds the same. I couldn’t wait for them to end. And I think Ariana Grande can sing — I have heard more of her music and she has a good voice. This album did not emphasize it. I may be old and the parent of a Gen-Zer, but I am a Gen-Xer. I grew up with an abundance of good music. This does not fall into that category. 5 out of 10. Thank you, next.

Dad: Technically, I suppose this was music, but it didn’t sound like it. The road crew I passed on the way to work sounded far better ... I heard an angry gaggle of geese that I would have rather listened to. I just wanted it to stop. This should be outlawed. Giving this a moon review. No stars. 0 out of 10.

Brother: I didn’t like it. The texture is off. 1 out of 10.

Tate Raub is a freshman studying strategic communication at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Tate? Tweet her @tatertot1310.

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