No Tears Left to Cry

Victoria Arguello, Writer

Ariana Grande made her grand return to the music world with her upbeat single “No Tears Left to Cry” on April 20. The singer followed up the premiere with a gravity-defying, Inception-like video and even debuted the song live during a surprise Coachella appearance in the same day. Now, Grande is giving fans a sneak peek of how the mind-bending video came together and how all of her stunts were performed.


Making something joyful out of tragedy is no easy feat, but Grande has done it before. After a homemade bomb killed 22 people during the Manchester stop of her Dangerous Woman tour last year, the singer organized a massive benefit concert for the victims in less than two weeks.


Superfan, Emely Tapia, 11,  describes how she felt about the entire incident when she heard what happened.


“Her benefit concert was a perfect response to what happened and I feel like it brought everyone back together,” Tapia said, “And now this single is sending the perfect message about how she has no tears left to cry and it’s time to move forward.”

Grande closed out her set that night of her benefit concert with a cover of “Over the Rainbow”; by the end, she was crying, along with most of the audience. Almost a year later, a rainbow prism softly illuminates her face in the artwork for “No Tears Left to Cry,” her first single since the attack.


Having gone to Grande’s first tour, Sarah Vega, 10, can say that she has been there through Grande’s entire evolution in music.


“I love how she stays up to date with pop music and stays true to her own style at the same time,” Vega said, “Her new single is amazing and I love the symbolism behind the music video.”


Dave Meyers directed Grande’s music video, which runs with the idea of the world toppling over and places it into aesthetic chaos. It is the sort of visual that is completely different and seems odd. Grande struts and traipses across a brooding, topsy-turvy cityscape in one cut, is tessellated in shimmering lipstick and ensnared in a web of string lights elsewhere.


Stanning, or being overly obsessed, with Grande since middle school, Arturo Vega, 12, shares what he loves most about the music video.


“The music video is her best video so far.” Vega said, “ The song is very poppy and it’s something that we needed. I was tired of the EDM mixed with the pop songs.”

While no release date has been set for Grande’s new album, after the release of “No Tears Left to Cry,” the location on her Twitter biography changed to “Honeymoon Ave,” leading some to speculate that could be the title. This upcoming record will be her fourth studio album.