Imagine (Ariana Grande song)

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"Imagine"
Ariana Grande – Imagine.png
Promotional single by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
A-side"Thank U, Next"
ReleasedDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
Format
RecordedOctober 2018
Genre
Length3:32
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Pop Wansel
  • Happy Perez
Lyric video
"Imagine" on YouTube

"Imagine" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. The song was written by Grande, Jameel Roberts and Priscilla Renea alongside its producers Andrew "Pop" Wansel and Happy Perez. It was released on December 14, 2018, as the first and only promotional single from her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019).[1][2] Lyrically, the song speaks about Grande's denial of failed relationships.[3]

Commercially, the song reached the top 10 in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, as well as the top 20 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Scotland. The track also peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background and release[edit]

On December 11, 2018, Grande teased the song with a post on her Instagram story, with a countdown of its official release.[4] The song was previewed a day later,[5] with Grande tweeting the title using Chinese characters.[6][7] The song and its official lyric video were released simultaneously on December 14, 2018, with the video featuring a glitching background of a collapsing glacier.[8]

Composition[edit]

"Imagine" is a R&B/pop ballad with a trap-inspired rhythm.[9][10] The song also features multiple whistle notes[11] and its lyrics speak about Grande's denial of failed relationships.[3][12] Grande's vocals span from A3 to C7.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Imagine" proved to be Grande's most successful promotional single. On the issue dated December 29, 2018, "Imagine" debuted at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as the highest new entry of the week, while starting on the Streaming Songs at number 21 and the Digital Songs at number two.[14] "Imagine" fell to number 71 in its second week on the Hot 100, however rebounded and surged to number 63 in its third week. It spent an additional week there and departed the region after four consecutive weeks. Following the release of Grande's own "7 Rings", "Imagine" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 99 due to strong digital downloads, spending a fifth week there. After the release of the parent album Thank U, Next, "Imagine" re-entered the US charts for a third time at a new peak of number 21, consequently becoming the sixth highest-charting track from the album and third highest-charting non single behind "Needy" and "NASA" which debuted at numbers 14 and 17 the same week, respectively. The track ultimately charted for a total of eight weeks on the Hot 100.

Internationally, "Imagine" reached the top ten in Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. The track also peaked at number 15 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, number 16 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and number 17 on the Canadian Hot 100. Its lowest position was in France, where it reached number 110.

Live performances[edit]

Grande performed "Imagine" for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on December 18, 2018.[15] The song was excluded from the set list of the Sweetener World Tour because it was "too heavy" to perform, according to Grande.[16]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[1]

  • Ariana Grandelead vocals, songwriting, vocal production
  • Andrew "Pop" Wansel – production, songwriting, keyboard, programming
  • Nathan Perez – production, songwriting, guitar, keyboard, programming
  • Priscilla Renea – songwriting
  • Jameel Roberts – songwriting
  • John Hanes – mixing engineering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[17] 15
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[18] 5
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[19] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[20] 17
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[21] 35
France (SNEP)[22] 110
Germany (Official German Charts)[23] 60
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[24] 5
Hungary (Single Top 40)[25] 3
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[26] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 4
Italy (FIMI)[28] 64
Latvia (LAIPA)[29] 20
Malaysia (RIM)[30] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[31] 38
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[32] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[33] 16
Portugal (AFP)[34] 19
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[35] 11
Singapore (RIAS)[36] 10
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[37] 8
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] 80
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 51
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[42] 21

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various December 14, 2018 Republic [1][45]
February 2019 7-inch vinyl [46]

References[edit]

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