March has been a busy month for new music, with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Gwen Stefani, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne dropping new content. But looking ahead, there’s even more to look forward to in the coming months, provided your wallet can handle it. One standout album to consider adding to your music collection comes to us from 22-year-old Ariana Grande, whose next album, Dangerous Woman, which has a set release date of May 20. Why should you be interested in this album, especially when it follows so closely after the artist’s most recent releases?

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Ariana Grande began recording Dangerous Woman in September of 2014, immediately after finishing her most recent studio album, My Everything. She would continue working on new songs throughout the summer while on The Honeymoon Tour, which ran from February 25, 2015 to October 25 of the same year. The album’s original title was Moonlight, but it was changed to match her current mindset; unlike “Moonlight,” which is also the name of a song on the album, “Dangerous Woman” was believed to be more empowering to women.

The full album will have 15 songs, though only the titles for five of them have been revealed: “Moonlight,” “Dangerous Woman,” “Be Alright,” “Into You,” and “Let Me Love You.” The last one, “Let Me Love You,” also features Lil Wayne in his second collaboration of the month and is only one of three collaborations on the album, though who appears in the other two has yet to be announced. Apparently “Dangerous Woman” is the only one intended to be sold as a single; the other 14 will require buying the full album to obtain.

The original intended lead single, “Focus,” was released to the public on October 30, months before the entire album, to an excellent reception, reaching platinum status in the United States. Perhaps ironically, “Focus” will not appear on the final version of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman, with the exception of the Japanese release. “Focus” is agreed to be a more “traditional” song from Grande, hitting the same musical and lyrical beats that she is commonly known for.

On March 10, Grande released the actual lead single, which shares its name with the album itself. The release came just hours after she revealed the album’s cover, featuring the singer in what appeared to be a leather mask with bunny ears, a much more risqué look than the cat-ear hairband she used to sport. As for the song itself, it takes the new direction Grande said would happen during a chat with fans the prior month, being more R&B and less peppy than some of her other more popular tracks. It’s said this “new sound” is prevalent throughout the album, so the reaction from critics and fans alike is sure to be interesting.

Whether the “Dangerous Woman” lyrics are as empowering as Grande said they’d be, however, is up to interpretation; for every line about how she is the master of her own destiny, there’s one about the man who has entranced her. That being said, the message can ultimately be seen as positive, encouraging listeners to be confident and show their true selves to the world.

Apple’s iTunes is accepting pre-orders for the digital version of Dangerous Woman ahead of the album’s May 20 release date, though it will also be available on Spotify. If you want just the “Dangerous Woman” song, it’s available now for $1.29. And if you need to hear more of Ariana Grande and Dangerous Woman, the singer will be performing “Dangerous Woman” and “Be Alright” this Saturday when she serves as host and musical guest for the March 12 episode of Saturday Night Live. In the meantime, watch the dangerous woman audio video below!

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