On March 11th, Ariana Grande appeared on Friday’s “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss her new single “Dangerous Woman,” as well as pulling double duty as the host and musical guest of this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live.”

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The sultry, femme fatale single features Ari flexing her muscular vocals over minimalist production as she ruminates on a relationship that elicits her bad self. “Dangerous Woman” is quite a departure from her flamboyant pop hits “Focus,” “Break Free,” and “One Last Time,” and the cut itself serves as a teaser for the thematic maturity on her next album.

“The album is definitely the next step for me,” she revealed during her in-studio interview Friday morning. “It still sounds like me, but it feels like a more mature, evolved version. There’s a nice blend of the R&B vibes and a nice blend of pop vibes. The whole body of work is a little darker and sexier and more mature.”

The 15-track LP — featuring collaborations with producers Max MartinTommy BrownVictoria Monet and Savan Kotecha — also includes the unreleased track “Let Me Love You,” a song that was written and recorded “over a year and half ago.” Like the Lil Wayne-assisted “Let Me Love You,” the other songs on the record will all paint a similar narrative from that epoch. “It’s interesting,” she cryptically teased.

The album, previously named after the song “Moonlight,” was renamed to illustrate the secure and empowered woman she is today and to rewrite the negative connotations of a woman in charge.

“I feel like this song represents more accurately where I’m at now,” she said, “and I feel like I want the [album] title to represent where I’m at as well. I want it to be strong and empowering because I’ve come into my own a little bit, where as before, I think I was afraid to be myself and make decisions and speak out about things I’m passionate about because I thought it would make me experience some of the stereotypes that women in power often face.”

Today, Ari is on the forefront of a boisterous feminist movement and has even written a “feminist manifesto” on the misogyny and double standards found in media coverage. The singer now has formed her own opinion on women who walk tall and speak their mind. “To me, that’s dangerous,” she said — and by dangerous, she means boss.

This weekend, Ari will kick off her media blitz and attend Saturday Night Live to deliver the debut live performance of “Dangerous Woman” and the new song “Be Alright,” out next Friday (March 18). Additionally, the former Nickelodeon star will host the live program for the first time ever and participate in a few self-deprecating sketches.

“Going into this, I wanted to make sure they didn’t hold back,” she said. “I really want them to make an [a**] out of me. I said, ‘Please! I want to be an idiot. I want to be a full-out idiot. I will do anything! Let’s be funny, ugly, dirty — let’s do it!'”

You can purchase “Dangerous Woman” and pre-order her next album on iTunes here. Below, find a video of Ariana testing her backbone in a game of “Play It Safe or Dangerous Woman,” during which the singer either walked home with the prize she won, or risked it all by selecting another hidden item.

Source: onairwithryan.com

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