Everything We Know About Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ Album

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Get in position, Arianators, because Ariana Grande is just days away from the release of her upcoming sixth album, Positions!

After weeks of teasing, fans will soon have their hands on the pop star’s first album in more than a year and a half — and her first big release since K Bye for Now (SWT Live) after wrapping her massive Sweetener World Tour in Dec. 2019.

«This project is my favorite for many reasons and i really can’t wait for it to be yours. thank u for your love and excitement, it means the world to me,» she tweeted on Saturday (Oct. 24) while sharing the album’s 13-song track listing in the lead-up to its release.

The album’s lead single

Ahead of the long-awaited full-length’s release, Grande surprised the world with lead single (and title track) «Positions,» a smitten love song about, ahem, her flexibility in making a new relationship work. Hours later, she also dropped the track’s White House-set music video, which reimagines what life would be like with Ariana as commander in chief and features cameos by the likes of Tayla Parx, Victoria Monet, Nija Charles and the pop star’s beloved mother, Joan Grande.

The release date

Ariana isn’t wasting any time! Just one week after unleashing the innuendo-laden title track and its presidential music video on the world, the superstar is set to drop Positions on Friday, (Oct. 30). The album will be the pop star’s first full-length studio set since 2019’s Thank U, Next. Since then, she’s released a live album of her 2019 Sweetener World Tour, K Bye For Now (SWT Live), as well as high-profile collaborations with Justin Bieber («Stuck With U»), Lady Gaga («Rain On Me») and more.

The collaborators

Ari is no stranger to teaming up with her other artists, though she hasn’t included any guest features on an album since 2018’s Sweetener, where the likes of Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams all made appearances.

Unveiling the Positions track list on Oct. 24, the big-voiced pop star revealed she’ll be teaming up with both Doja Cat («Motive») and Ty Dolla $ign («Safety Net») among the LP’s 13 tracks, as well as collaborating once again with The Weeknd («Off the Table») for their second duet following Dangerous Woman-era smash single «Love Me Harder.»

The three (slightly) different album covers

Arianators dying to get their hands on a physical copy of the new album will three separate covers to choose from, with each featuring glam ’60s-inspired portraits of the pop star. «I’ve been so excited to show u these !!! three (slightly) different versions of the physical albums are now available to preorder on my website,» Ari wrote on Oct. 26 to share a look at the cover art for the CD versions of Positions.

In each close-up, she’s photographed from the left, alternately glancing to the right, gazing over her shoulder and framing her face with her hands. No word yet on which visual will make the cut as the album’s digital — or official — cover art.

Post Malone, Billie Eilish & Winners at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Post Malone and Billie Eilish attend the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty Images for dcp)

Post Malone was the big winner at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, which were presented Wednesday (Oct. 14). He won nine awards, including artist of the year.

Khalid was the year’s second-biggest winner, with five awards, followed by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, who won four awards each on the strength of their record-setting collab “Old Town Road (Remix).”

This year’s show was originally scheduled for April 29 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Clarkson hosted the show for the third year in a row.

Billie Eilish: The teen phenom’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?  won top Billboard 200 album, nearly nine months after it won the Grammy for album of the year. It’s the fourth album in the past 10 years to receive both of these awards, following Adele’s 21 and 25 and Taylor Swift’s 1989. Eilish also won top female artist, beating last year’s winner, Ariana Grande, and three-time category champ Swift. Eilish also took top new artist. She’s the first female artist to win in this category since Lorde in 2014.

See all the night’s big winners below:

ARTIST AWARDS

Top Artist:
Billie Eilish
Jonas Brothers
Khalid
WINNER: Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
DaBaby
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Roddy Ricch

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan Voted):
Mariah Carey
Luke Combs
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Harry Styles
Taylor Swift

Top Male Artist:
DaBaby
Khalid
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Ed Sheeran

Top Female Artist:
WINNER: Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
BTS
Dan + Shay
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco 

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake
Billie Eilish
Khalid
WINNER: Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Khalid
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone 

Top Streaming Songs Artist:
DaBaby
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Song Sales Artist:
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Lizzo
Post Malone
Taylor Swift

Top Radio Songs Artist:
WINNER: Jonas Brothers
Khalid
Lizzo
Shawn Mendes
Post Malone

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted):
WINNER: BTS
Billie Eilish
EXO
GOT7
Ariana Grande

Top Touring Artist:
Elton John
Metallica
WINNER: P!nk
The Rolling Stones
Ed Sheeran

Top R&B Artist:
Chris Brown
WINNER: Khalid
Lizzo
Summer Walker
The Weeknd

Top R&B Male Artist:
Chris Brown
WINNER: Khalid
The Weeknd 

Top R&B Female Artist:
Beyoncé
Lizzo
WINNER: Summer Walker 

Top R&B Tour:
B2K
Janet Jackson
WINNER: Khalid 

Top Rap Artist:
DaBaby
Juice WRLD
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone
Roddy Ricch

Top Rap Male Artist:
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
WINNER: Post Malone

Top Rap Female Artist:
WINNER: Cardi B
City Girls
Megan Thee Stallion 

Top Rap Tour:
Drake
WINNER: Post Malone
Travis Scott

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
WINNER: Luke Combs
Dan + Shay
Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett

Top Country Male Artist:
Kane Brown
WINNER: Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett 

Top Country Female Artist:
WINNER: Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Top Country Duo/Group:
WINNER: Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion

Top Country Tour:
Eric Church
Florida Georgia Line
WINNER: George Strait 

Top Rock Artist:
Imagine Dragons
WINNER: Panic! At The Disco
Tame Impala
Tool
twenty one pilots

Top Rock Tour:
WINNER: Elton John
Metallica
The Rolling Stones

Top Latin Artist:
Anuel AA
WINNER: Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Avicii
WINNER: The Chainsmokers
DJ Snake
Illenium
Marshmello

Top Christian Artist:
WINNER: Lauren Daigle
Elevation Worship
For King & Country
Hillsong United
Kanye West

Top Gospel Artist:
Kirk Franklin
Koryn Hawthorne
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Sunday Service Choir
WINNER: Kanye West 

ALBUM AWARDS

Top Billboard 200 Album:
WINNER: Billie Eilish “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”
Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next”
Khalid “Free Spirit”
Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Taylor Swift “Lover”

Top Soundtrack:
“Aladdin”
“Descendants 3”
WINNER: “Frozen II”
“K-12” by Melanie Martinez
“The Dirt” by Mötley Crüe

Top R&B Album:
Beyoncé “Homecoming: The Live Album”
Justin Bieber “Changes”
Chris Brown “Indigo”
WINNER: Khalid “Free Spirit”
Summer Walker “Over It”

Top Rap Album:
DaBaby “Kirk”
Juice WRLD “Death Race For Love”
WINNER: Post Malone “Hollywood’s Bleeding”
Roddy Ricch “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial”
Young Thug “So Much Fun”

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown “Experiment”
WINNER: Luke Combs “What You See Is What You Get”
Maren Morris “Girl”
Thomas Rhett “Center Point Road”
Morgan Wallen “If I Know Me”

Top Rock Album:
The Lumineers “III”
Slipknot “We Are Not Your Kind”
Tame Impala “The Slow Rush”
WINNER: Tool “Fear Inoculum”
Vampire Weekend “Father of the Bride”

Top Latin Album:
WINNER: J Balvin & Bad Bunny “Oasis”
Farruko “Gangalee”
Maluma “11:11”
Romeo Santos “Utopía”
Sech “Sueños”

Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Avicii “Tim”
The Chainsmokers “World War Joy”
Illenium “Ascend”
WINNER: Marshmello “Marshmello: Fortnite Extended Set”
Alan Walker “Different World”

Top Christian Album:
Bethel Music “Victory: Recorded Live”
Casting Crowns “Only Jesus”
Hillsong United “People”
Skillet “Victorious”
WINNER: Kanye West “Jesus is King”

Top Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin “Long Live Love”
Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers “Goshen”
William McDowell “The Cry: A Live Worship Experience”
Sunday Service Choir “Jesus Is Born”
WINNER: Kanye West “Jesus is King” 

SONG AWARDS

Top Hot 100 Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”

Top Streaming Song:
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”

Top Selling Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
Billie Eilish “bad guy”
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”

Top Radio Song:
Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved”
WINNER: Jonas Brothers “Sucker”
Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted):
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
WINNER: Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello “Señorita”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care”

Top R&B Song:
Chris Brown ft. Drake “No Guidance”
Doja Cat & Tyga “Juicy”
WINNER: Khalid “Talk”
Lizzo “Good As Hell”
The Weeknd “Heartless”

Top Rap Song:
WINNER: Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus “Old Town Road”
Lil Tecca “Ran$om”
Lizzo “Truth Hurts”
Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
Post Malone “Wow.”

Top Country Song:
WINNER: Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber “10,000 Hours”
Maren Morris “The Bones”
Old Dominion “One Man Band”
Blake Shelton “God’s Country”
Morgan Wallen “Whiskey Glasses”

Top Rock Song:
Imagine Dragons “Bad Liar”
Machine Gun Kelly x Yungblud x Travis Barker “I Think I’m Okay”
WINNER: Panic! At The Disco “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
Twenty One Pilots “Chlorine”
Twenty One Pilots “The Hype”

Top Latin Song:
Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin “China”
Bad Bunny & Tainy “Callaita”
WINNER: Daddy Yankee ft. Snow “Con Calma”
Jhay Cortez, J Balvin, & Bad Bunny “No Me Conoce”
Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Anuel AA “Otro Trago”

Top Dance/Electronic Song:
Black Eyed Peas x J Balvin “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)”
WINNER: Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee “Close To Me”
Illenium & Jon Bellion “Good Things Fall Apart”
Kygo x Whitney Houston “Higher Love”
Marshmello ft. Chvrches “Here With Me”

Top Christian Song:
Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser “Raise A Hallelujah”
Casting Crowns ft. Matthew West “Nobody”
Lauren Daigle “Rescue”
WINNER: For King & Country “God Only Knows”
Kanye West “Follow God”

Top Gospel Song:
Kirk Franklin “Love Theory”
Kanye West “Closed on Sunday”
WINNER: Kanye West “Follow God”
Kanye West “On God”
Kanye West “Selah”