Ahead of her big night as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live, diva-in-training Ariana Grande has dropped her brand new single, “Dangerous Woman.” It’s the title track off of Grande’s anticipated new album, which drops May 20, and is indicative of a slightly more grown-up direction for the former Nickelodeon star. The song begins with a restrained clip, with Grande’s megawatt voice leading the way. Eventually, the production expands and crests, lifting the song into an anthem worthy of the first single from such a high-profile album.
Along with “Dangerous Woman,” Grande will be performing “Be Alright” on SNL this weekend, which is one of the 15 tracks on the album. The full tracklist has yet to be revealed, but we do know that one track is called “Into You,” and another is “Let Me Love You,” which features Lil Wayne. The album was originally called Moonlight, which Grande admitted was not exactly the vibe she was after. Dangerous Woman, she said, is much more in step with where she’s at in her career. “Moonlight is a lovely song and it’s a lovely title,” she said. “It’s really romantic, and it definitely ties [the album] together, the old music and the new music, but Dangerous Woman is a lot stronger. I want to be empowering my fans. I feel like my personal growth is reflected in the sound, I’m really proud of it…To me a dangerous woman is someone who’s not afraid to take a stand, be herself and to be honest.”
Listen to the track, below.