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Sweetener is Ariana Grande’s fourth and latest album, hitting streaming services early this morning in South Africa.
It’s her first album since 2016’s Dangerous Woman. It’s also the first since 2017’s Manchester Arena bombing which claimed the lives of 23 people and injured scores more. Understandably, people are eager to hear just what is mentioned within its 15 tracks.
As for initial impressions, positive would be an understatement.
“Ari just gifted us R&B bops, party anthems & beautiful ballads about forgiveness, anxiety, toxic relationships, feminism, mourning the death of her fans, dating broken men, loving again, & being a baddie. whoever says
#Sweetener isn’t good, has no taste,” declared one fan on Twitter.
Ari just gifted us R&B bops, party anthems & beautiful ballads about forgiveness, anxiety, toxic relationships, feminism, mourning the death of her fans, dating broken men, loving again, & being a baddie. whoever says #Sweetener isn’t good, has no taste. im done thank u 😌 pic.twitter.com/FeLFHxxZv3
— jovis 💌 (@msjovisnieto) August 17, 2018
Others expressed their emotions through memes.
— karen b ♪ (@kabanuelos_) August 17, 2018
— Autumn (@losingmahself) August 17, 2018
— h2gkmo☁️🌙 (@ArianaGvotes23) August 17, 2018
— Jocelyn (@joce_beltran) August 17, 2018
Some quoted notable lyrics from the album.
when life deals you cards
make everything taste like it is salt
then you come through like the #Sweetener you are
to bring the bitter taste to a halt 🌦
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) August 17, 2018
— brian (@brian_hauserr_) August 17, 2018
Some on Twitter weren’t happy though, but it wasn’t because of the album itself. All tracks bar one are marked as explicit according to Google Play Music. And that’s seemingly a problem for Apple Music users across the world.
‘Whoever says Sweetener isn’t good, has no taste’
Some users attempting to listen to Sweetener aren’t able to enjoy the album in full. Instead, some on Twitter found that the service’s skipping through the first eight tracks, playing the only SFW track “no tears left to cry”, and skipping through the remainder.
— tylda ♡| ¡¡¡¡ ʇɥƃᴉuoʇ ɹǝuǝʇǝǝʍs 🌅 (@neptunesullivan) August 17, 2018
Users who experienced this issue were not happy.
When Apple Music didn’t release the explicit version of Ariana Grande.
— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) August 17, 2018
— Sergio. (@0lostmind0) August 17, 2018
Many who preordered the album were also unable to download it too.
My album isn’t downloaded to my phone. Fix it! pic.twitter.com/bUgrFr3WY6
— Brittany G ☁️ (@moonlightbae_B) August 17, 2018
I’m trying pic.twitter.com/mfPNTcmdRO
— christy♛ (@starbucksforari) August 17, 2018
#Sweetener is currently trending worldwide on Twitter, and is also topping Google Trends’ search chart this morning in South Africa.
Feature image: Andy Walker/Memeburn