“ghostin’” is the eighth track off of pop princess Ariana Grande’s newest album: “thank u, next”. There has been a lot of Twitter controversy regarding the topic of the song, leading Grande to answer a tweet from a user called “@sorryidipped”. “what’s ghostin about”, asked the user, to which Grande responded: “feeling badly for the person you’re with bc you love somebody else. Feeling badly bc he can tell he can’t compare…. And how i should be ghosting him”.
The track deals with emotions of guilt and sadness while longing for another partner while with someone – specifically Grande apologising to her current lover that she’s yearning for a different person: “I know it breaks your heart when I cry again / Over him, mmh”, as well as the lyrics “I know it breaks your heart when I cry again / ’Stead of ghostin’ him” and “though I wish he were here instead”. These lyrics could be referencing both Mac Miller who was Grande’s ex-boyfriend who sadly passed away due to a drug overdose in September, and Pete Davidson, her ex-fiancé whom she was last with. A lot of fans have theorised that the song could be an apology to Davidson, who Grande broke off the engagement with not long after Miller’s death. As Grande contributed to the writing track, this could be an accurate theory for the meaning of the track. The track also samples part of Miller’s track “2009”.
The track has been on the global charts on Spotify, and has almost 28 million streams on Spotify. There is currently no music video for the track, but the official audio on Arian Grande’s YouTube channel has over 1 million views and 91k likes.
Release Date: 8th February 2019
Songwriter/s: Savan Kotecha, ILYA, Max Martin, Victoria Monét & Ariana Grande