Why Ariana Grande won’t release her next album now

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Ariana Grande thinks ‘it’s time’ for Rihanna to release that album, though she’s not ready to release her own

For the past few weeks, Ariana Grande’s fans have been cheering her on via Instagram as she posts about making new music from home. Those fans will have to wait to hear the finished product, though. During a chat with Zane Lowe for the Thursday, May 14, edition of his “At Home” podcast, Ariana talked about her new Justin Bieber charity single collaboration, “Stuck With U,” which they released as a fundraiser for the First Responders Children’s Fund and as a way to lift “people’s spirits,” Ariana said (via Billboard). She also teased a forthcoming track she recorded with Doja Cat, but said she wants “to save” it “for whenever it’s time again to drop.” And that’s not now, apparently. “It’s a great time to create because you’re stuck with your thoughts and left in your head a little bit, so I think all creatives are extra inspired right now …,” she explained, adding that her new home recording set-up has been “fun, but also so bad for my sleep schedule and my eating schedule …,” since she has to remind herself to move away from the computer sometimes. “I think as far as creating goes, it feels really good. But I know that a lot of people don’t have that luxury and a lot of people [have] … jobs they can’t do … from home, so I feel guilty and blessed,” she continued. “But also, I don’t really feel comfortable putting anything out right now, because it’s just like other than [‘Stuck With U’], it’s a really tricky time for all of that.” Zane then asked directly if she was working on a new album. “There’s nothing to tell,” she said. “I’m not putting one out … I’ve been making a lot of stuff, but that’s not where my head is at right now.” Her head is, however, devoted to waiting for another pop star’s much anticipated next studio release. Yep, turns out Ariana’s totally board with the hordes of Rihanna fans who are flat-out begging for an “Anti” followup. “I get it. I appreciate it. And I’m really glad that she’s putting in so much effort,” Ariana said of Rih’s not-so-quick recording process. Cue the “but”: “I think it’s time … I need it,” Ariana admitted. “You know what I mean? Sorry. She’s going to hate me for saying that, but I want it so bad. I get it. I appreciate it. Can you just post it and then just leave and then go back to work?”

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