Ariana Grande has been on a creative high in recent years, releasing two full-length studio albums in successive years in 2018 and 2019.
And with the recent release of her new song — Stuck With U — with Justin Bieber, many fans began to speculate and hope that another album could be on the horizon.
With all the chatter seemingly growing by the day, the Grammy Award-winning singer squashed any notion of a new batch of songs hitting the airways anytime soon, due in part to the COVID-19 crisis.
During an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s At Home series, Grande revealed she has been writing new music, which is music to the ears of her millions of fans around the world.
But with much of the world in quarantine over these past two months, it turns out this wasn’t the right time for her to share a batch of new songs.
‘I don’t really feel comfortable putting anything out right now,’ she said.
‘Because other than this [Stuck With U], it’s a really tricky time for all of that.’
The Ariana and Justin collaboration is the first in a string of charity singles that will be put out by SB Projects, a firm established by their manager Scooter Braun.
In the Apple Music interview, the pop superstar also shared that she made a conscious decision to stay out of the spotlight for a while.
‘I stopped doing interviews for a really long time because I felt like whenever I would get into a position where somebody would try to say something for clickbait or twist my words or blah, blah, blah, I would defend myself,’ the Florida native, 26, added.
‘And then, people would be like, oh, she’s a diva.’
No one can argue that Grande has been working at a high rate over the last few years.
She released her fourth studio, Sweetener, consisting of 15 new songs, to critical and commercial acclaim in August of 2018. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, spawning three top 20 singles.
By November 2018, she released the lead single, Thank U, Next, from her fifth studio album of the same name. The 14-song production dropped in February 2020 and also debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.
In between the releases, Grande hit the road for her Sweetener Tour, in support of both albums. The tour launched on March 18, 2019 and went through December 22, 2019, comprising of 101 shows in the United States and Europe.