Matt Healy of the 1975 and Ariana Grande.
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The third album from the 1975 drops this Friday, and the band led by Matty Healy work out some of the effort’s recent singles in a new BBC Radio 1 “Live Lounge” session that includes a cover of pop star Ariana Grande‘s “thank u, next.”

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The retooled self-empowerment bop accompanies in-studio takes of the group’s “Sincerity Is Scary,” “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” and “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME.” The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships is out Nov. 30.



Healy says Grande is “the person I see spoken about most” in intro to the reimagined cover tune. And she’s “somebody I’ve started to really care about for some reason,” he adds, as noted by SPIN. “She’s had a right old tough time and I like her a lot. I think she’s cool. And she’s got a great voice, and I don’t, so I’m gonna sing one of her songs.”

And the re-envisioned rendition amps up the quasi-contemporary gospel flavor of the original, complete with a small choir. Grande’s studio version of the track is slated for her upcoming fifth studio album, also to be titled thank u, next.

Check out a clip of the 1975’s Ariana cover below. Sound off in the comments, and see the 1975’s upcoming tour dates down after the video.

The 1975 dates:

11/29 – London, England @ PRYZM
01/09/19 – Belfast, Ireland @ SSE Arena
01/10/19 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
01/12/19 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SSE Hydro
01/14/19 – Cardiff, Wales @ Motorpoint Arena
01/16/19 – Brighton, England @ The Centre
01/18/19 – London, England @ The O2
01/19/19 – London, England @ The O2
01/21/19 – Exeter, England @ Westpoint
01/23/19 – Birmingham, England @ Birmingham Arena
01/24/19 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
01/25/19 – Sheffield, England @ FlyDSA Arena
08/23/19 – Reading, England @ Reading Festival

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