Ariana Grande just dropped "No Tears Left to Cry", the lead single from her upcoming album. I don't know how it will do with the general public, but it certainly has people talking in the pop creators community. Two of the most active Facebook groups for pop songwriters and producers--Make Pop Music and the Max Martin Appreciation Society--have been abuzz since the release, hosting fierce debates about every aspect of the production, composition, lyrics, vocal performance, and cultural relevance of this song.
My first impression is that the songwriting and production team--which includes Grande, Max Martin, Ilya, and Savan Kotecha--is exploring some new territory. Only time will tell if their experiments will seduce the general public, but there are definitely a lot of interesting things in this song worth writing about.
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Asaf Peres is a music theory Ph.D. who researches and writes about pop music.
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