Ariana Grande has definitely had an interesting year: she finished TWO albums, got engaged, got a pig, broke off the engagement, and suffered a terrible loss. However, she's ending the year on a positive note: Billboard just named her Woman of the Year!
In the article (scroll down to read the full thing), she talks about how she's coping after her breakup and the loss of ex Mac Miller - mostly by hanging out with friends and continuing to work on her music.
She also discussed how she survives as a female pop artist and how she is trying to release music the same way that men do. She said the following:
“My dream has always been to be -- obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't. We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this s***. It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to f****** talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.”
She has also mentioned that she has walked out of sessions before when men in the room refused to give her any control over her own music.
As for her next album? Thank U, Next was apparently written in one week and recorded in two. She states that the album came as the product of "feminine energy and champagne and music and laughter and crying."
You can read the whole article here!