R.E.M (song)

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Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Sweetener
ReleasedAugust 17, 2018
RecordedJanuary 2017
StudioMidnight Blue
(Miami, Florida)
(Hollywood, California)
Songwriter(s)Pharrell Williams
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams

"R.E.M" is a song performed by American singer Ariana Grande from her fourth studio album Sweetener, released in 2018. It was written and produced by Pharrell Williams.

Background and composition[edit]

"R.E.M" was written and produced by Pharrell Williams (pictured in 2016)

"R.E.M" is a R&B song containing a doo-wop beat.[1] It runs for a duration of four minutes and six seconds.[2] The song "Wake Up" was originally recorded as a demo by Beyoncé.[3][4] Grande kept the chorus, but changed the song's lyrics.[5] She previewed "R.E.M" prior to the release of Sweetener.[6][7][8]

The song's title refers to rapid eye movement sleep, and is about "a relationship that blurs between the dreamworld and reality". Grande has said "R.E.M" is about "dreaming someone into your life", and is one of her favorite tracks on Sweetener.[9] Grande's vocals span 3 octaves, from Eb3 to Eb6.[10]


In 2018, Complex's Mallorie List ranked "R.E.M" number two on her list of "The Best Ariana Grande Songs".[11] Christopher Rosa of Glamour called the song's lyrics "a tad generic".[12] Out's Dennis Hinzmann said the track "feels like a throwback and a fresh pick all at the same time".[13]

Live performances[edit]

Grande first premiered a 20 second snippet of the song on Elle magazine's Youtube channel, during their game "Song association" on July 12, 2018.[14] Grande also performed a snippet of the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on August 16, 2018.[citation needed] The song was officially debuted live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions.[citation needed]

She also performed the song live on BBC Radio 1 in September 2018,[15] and on the one-hour special, Ariana Grande at the BBC, which was recorded on September 7, 2018, and aired on November 1.[16]

This song is also one of the song from the set list of her Sweetener World Tour.[17]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits and personnel adapted from the liner notes of Sweetener.[18]

Recording and management



Chart (2018) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[19] 52
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[20] 68
Hungary (Single Top 40)[21] 35
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 100
Portugal (AFP)[23] 67
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 16
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[25] 89
UK Streaming (Official Charts Company)[26] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 72

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ariana Grande: Sweetener Review". Pitchfork Media. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  2. ^ "Sweetener by Ariana Grande on Apple Music - iTunes". Apple Music. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  3. ^ "Hear Beyonce's Version of Ariana Grande's New Song 'R.E.M'". Us Weekly. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  4. ^ "Ariana Grande's "REM" is a flip of a leaked Beyoncé song". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ Editors, Vulture. "6 Best New Songs of the Week: Ariana Grande, Mitski, Soccer Mommy". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. ^ "Ariana Grande Teases New Song 'r.e.m', Covers Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston & More: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Ariana Grande Sings New 'Sweetener' Song in ELLE's Song Association". ELLE. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  8. ^ "Ariana Grande Teases New Song 'R.E.M.' | Billboard News". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  9. ^ Youngs, Ian; Rumble, Taylor-Dior (2018-08-17). "Ariana Grande's Sweetener: The stories behind the songs". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  10. ^ http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0191917
  11. ^ "The Best Ariana Grande Songs". Complex. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  12. ^ Rosa, Christopher. "All the Lyrics on Ariana Grande's New Album That Are (Probably) About Pete Davidson". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  13. ^ "Track-by-Track Review: Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener' Does Not Disappoint". 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  14. ^ Magazine, Elle. "Ariana Grande Premieres a New Song from Sweetener in a Game of Song Association". Youtube. Elle. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Ariana Grande Performs "R.E.M." and "Them Changes" on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  16. ^ "Ariana Grande performs Sweetener songs for BBC TV special: Watch". Consequence of Sound. 2018-11-02. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  17. ^ "Ariana Grande kicks off "Sweetener Tour": Setlist + Video". Consequence of Sound. 2019-03-19. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  18. ^ Sweetener (CD). Ariana Grande. Republic Records. B0028815-02.CS1 maint: others (link)
  19. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #487". auspOp. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  21. ^ lightmedia.hu. "Single (track) Top 40 lista - Hivatalos magyar slágerlisták". zene.slagerlistak.hu. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  22. ^ "Ariana Grande - R.E.M". 2014-08-24. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Portuguese Charts - Discography Ariana Grande". portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  24. ^ "www.sverigetopplistan.se - Veckolista Heatseeker - Vecka 34, 24 augusti 2018". www.sverigetopplistan.se. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  25. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "Official Audio Streaming Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-16.

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