A collection of unreleased Ariana Grande songs which was apparently ‘discovered’ by one of her fans yesterday is not officially affiliated with the singer, according to a source close to Grande.
The singer is expected to drop her surprise fifth studio album ‘Thank U, Next’ before the end of the year – a release that’ll follow swiftly on from her August album, ‘Sweetener’. Grande released the title track from the new project last weekend.
Yesterday, Twitter user @sachindattani spotted that a collection – titled ‘Nobody Does It Better (Deluxe Version)’ – of apparently unreleased Grande material had appeared on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play under the pseudonym ‘Zandhr’.
an album full of unreleased Ariana tracks, omg pic.twitter.com/A2nL9eYMeA
— sachin (@sachindattani) November 5, 2018
A closer look at ‘Zandhr”s Spotify profile had strengthened the links to Grande, with fans observing that the bio section of the artist page features the same style of upside-down writing that Grande has been using recently.
— lagniappe ♒️ (@Malibubarbarian) November 5, 2018
A source close to Grande has told NME this afternoon (November 6) that this release, however, is not affiliated with the star. An “unauthorised third party” has been attributed as being behind the release of the collection.
As some fans have pointed out, a number of the tracks on ‘Nobody Does It Better’ have been doing the rounds either online or on Grande’s set lists in recent years – ‘Champagne’, for instance, is a version of a track called ‘Pink Champagne’ which was first performed back in 2015. ‘Be Alright’, meanwhile, features Migos‘ de facto leader Quavo.
You can listen to the full album below.
Earlier this week, Grande told fans that “therapy has saved my life” and urged her followers to seek help if they needed it.