NASA (Ariana Grande song)

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"NASA"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2019
Format
StudioThe Jungle City Studios (New York, New York)
GenreDance-pop
Length3:02
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tommy Brown
  • Charles Anderson

"NASA" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, from her fifth studio album, Thank U, Next (2019). It was released on February 8, 2019 through Republic Records. It was written by Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, and its producers Tommy Brown and Charles Anderson.

Commercially, it reached the top 20 in Greece, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.

Recording and production[edit]

The track features a spoken introduction by Shangela (pictured in 2017).

"NASA", named after the U.S. space agency of the same name,[1] was written by Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx and its producers Tommy Brown and Charles Anderson. Grande's vocals were recorded by at the Jungle City Studios in New York City. Serban Ghenea mixed the track, and Brendan Morawski and Billy Hickey engineered the track assisted by Sean Kline.[citation needed]

The track features a spoken introduction by Shangela, an American drag queen. She says, "One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind",[2] a variation on Neil Armstrong's quote, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."[3] Shangela has said of the origins of her contribution to the track:

The song ['NASA'] was amazing, and when the song ended, she was like, 'What do you think?' And I was like, 'Oh girl, I live! I love it, and it's amazing! I'm already thinking of how I'm going to perform it for my drag number, when I do my version.' And she looked at me said, 'Your version?' And I said, 'I'm just going to put a fun intro on it for drag, and I'm going to be in a spacesuit with like space-Titties and I'm going to come out in a moon man suit and I'm going to lift the mask and say, 'This is one small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind.' And she was like, 'Oh my God! I love that!'[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following the release of Thank U, Next, "NASA" debuted on at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 issue dated February 23, 2019, becoming Grande's 18th top-twenty hit on that chart, the fifth top-twenty entry from the album and her second highest-charting non-single in the United States. Consequently, this made Thank U, Next the first album to have five top-twenty entries on the Hot 100 since Taylor Swift's Reputation the year before.[5]

Reception[edit]

The Atlantic's Spencer Kornhaber wrote, "On the top-tier bop 'NASA,' which evokes Grande's sonic godmother Mariah Carey without recycling her, she kindly but firmly asks a lover for a night apart."[6] In his review of Thank U, Next, Michael Cragg of The Guardian said of the song, "The springy, joyous NASA, which harks back to her debut, 2013's Yours Truly, takes the theme of planetary exploration and turns it into a plea for space (geddit?)."[7]

Carolyn Bernucca of Complex said, "The standout track, 'NASA,' is punctuated by thumping bass and trap drums that have made their way from Atlanta all the way into mainstream pop."[8] Mathew Rodriguez of Out wrote, "On this banger, Ari demands distance from a smothering loved one, but it’s also very much an ode to self-care, something everyone in Grande’s target demographic — everyone — thinks about. The good news is that the verses are killer and succeed at establishing the kind of mood Grande wants to create. That said, the chorus here feels a little mismatched with the rest of the song. It’s not that it’s bad, but the rest of the song is so chill, that her Toni Basil-like repetition of “space” over and over feels a little underwritten."[9]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[10]

  • Ariana Grande – lead vocals, songwriter, vocal producer
  • Victoria Monét – backing vocals, songwriter, vocal producer
  • Tayla Parx – backing vocals, songwriter
  • Tommy Brown – producer, songwriter, programmer
  • Charles Anderson – producer, songwriter, programmer
  • Billy Hickey – engineer, studio personnel
  • Brendan Morawski – engineer, studio personnel
  • John Hanes – mixing engineer, studio personnel
  • Serban Ghenea – mixer, studio personnel
  • Sean Klein – assistant recording engineer, studio personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 17
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 39
France (SNEP)[14] 128
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 69
Greece (IFPI)[16] 13
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[17] 18
Malaysia (RIM)[18] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 41
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 30
Portugal (AFP)[21] 16
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 42
Singapore (RIAS)[23] 14
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[24] 23
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] 85
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 51
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[27] 55
UK Streaming (Official Charts Company)[28] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koren, Marina (2019-02-09). "A Space Nerd's Reading of Ariana Grande's 'NASA' Song". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  2. ^ Chambers, Hannah (8 February 2019). "A Breakdown of Literally Every Single Thing That Happens On Ariana's New Album, 'Thank U, Next'". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ Gonzales, Erica (2019-02-08). "Ariana Grande's "NASA" Is the Anthem for People Who Need Space". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  4. ^ "How Shangela Snagged a Surprise Appearance on Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next Album". E!News. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
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  6. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (8 February 2019). "Ariana Grande Tells the Cold Truth on 'Thank U, Next'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ Cragg, Michael (8 February 2019). "Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next review – a break-up album of wit and wonder". Retrieved 26 February 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. ^ "'Thank U, Next' Is the Ariana Grande Album We've Always Wanted". Complex. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
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  23. ^ "Singapore Top 30 Digital Streaming Chart Week 7" (PDF). Recording Industry Association (Singapore). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 25, 2019.
  24. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201907 into search. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
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  26. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
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