"No Tears" is the pop star's first single off her upcoming fourth album

By Jeff Nelson
Updated April 20, 2018 12:12 AM
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Ariana Grande has returned.

On Friday, the pop star dropped her new single “No Tears Left to Cry.”

The track is the first Grande, 24, has released since the Manchester bombing in May 2017, when a terrorist killed 22 people and injured more than 500 at one of the U.K. stops of her Dangerous Woman Tour.

The lyrics of the chorus include: “Right now I’m in a state of mind/ I wanna be in like all the time/ Ain’t got no tears left to cry/ So I’m pickin’ it up, I’m pickin’ up (oh yeah)/ I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up/ Oh I just want you to come with me/ We’re on another mentality/ Ain’t got no tears left to cry (so don’t cry)/ So I’m pickin’ it up, I’m pickin’ up (oh yeah)/ I’m lovin’, I’m livin’, I’m pickin’ it up.”

Grande also released the Dave Meyers-directed music video to accompany the single’s debut.

Then on Monday, Grande shared behind-the-scenes clips of the making of the gravity-defying video.

“The concept we wanted to explore was the disorientation that you go through in life, and the quest that we all go through to kind of find the ground again,” the director said.

“We sort of flirt with the ambiguity of whether you need to find the ground or whether the ground is what you make of it — sort of the optimism of the song and her, mixed with sort of the complexity and disillusionment of the world that we’re putting her in,”

Ariana Grande
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After the Manchester bombing, Grande suspended her tour then, just weeks later, returned to the U.K. for the star-studded One Love Manchester charity concert. Since wrapping her tour last year, the Nickelodeon alum has maintained a relatively low profile, occasionally sharing snapshots from the studio as she prepares her upcoming fourth album.

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Then this week, Grande returned to social media.

“Missed you,” she wrote Tuesday, teasing “No Tears” on Twitter and Instagram with a single teardrop emoji then the art for the single.

Grande hasn’t dropped an album since 2016’s Dangerous Woman, which scored two Grammy nominations and several hits, including “Into You” and the smash Nicki Minaj collab “Side to Side.”