Dangerous Woman is the upcoming third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, set to be released on May 20, 2016, by Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her previous studio album, My Everything (2014). The album's lead single, "Dangerous Woman", was released on March 11, 2016 to positive reviews from music critics. "Be Alright" was released as a promotional single on March 18, 2016.
Grande began recording songs for the album soon after the completion of her sophomore album, My Everything (2014), and continued throughout the summer and fall of 2015, between stops on her Honeymoon Tour, with her friends Tommy Brown and Victoria Monet. "Focus", which was originally intended to be the lead single from the album, was released digitally on October 30, 2015. The song debuted and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 113,000 copies in its first week in the United States. On January 26, 2016, the song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for combined sales and streaming units of 1 million equivalent units. Grande finished work on the album on January 22, 2016.
album was originally titled Moonlight. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January 2016, however, Grande revealed that she was no longer sure of the name, and that she might re-title the album after another song on the album. She announced the new title of the album, Dangerous Woman, on February 22, 2016, through her Snapchat and Twitter accounts. The following day, she posted a photo on Instagram with a caption quoting Egyptian feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi's 1975 novel, Woman at Point Zero as follows: "They said, 'You are a savage and dangerous woman.' I am speaking the truth. And the truth is savage and dangerous". As to why the album name was changed, Grande stated that it had to do with portraying herself as a stronger person and to empower fans, saying: "'Moonlight' is a lovely song, and it's a lovely title. It's really romantic, and it definitely ties together the old music and the new music, but 'Dangerous Woman' is a lot stronger.” In a February 29 livechat Q&A session, Ariana spoke about the overall concept of the record: "I feel like my personal growth is reflected in the sound. I'm really proud of it...To me a dangerous woman is someone who's not afraid to take a stand, be herself and to be honest."
There are four collaborations on the album. Lil Wayne is featured on "Let Me Love You", and Grande worked with Macy Gray on "Leave Me Lonely". Other collaborations are with Nicki Minaj on "Side to Side" and Future on "Everyday". Grande debuted "Leave Me Lonely" live at the grand opening of the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena on April 7, 2016.