Ariana Grande has returned with her first new music since the bombing that killed 22 people outside her Manchester Arena show in May 2017.
No Tears Left To Cry alludes to the attack. It also emanates the resilience and optimism of her One Love benefit concert, held just two weeks after the atrocity.
“Ain’t got no tears left to cry,” she sings in the single’s soaring chorus.
“So I’m loving, I’m living, I’m picking it up.”
Produced by Max Martin, the song transforms from its sombre, gospel-inspired introduction into a summery pop banger. It combines Grande’s emotional vocals with a light-footed dance beat.
Lyrically, Grande resolves to overcome fear and hatred “even when it’s raining down”.
“We’re way too fly to partake in all this hate,” she sings. “We out here vibin’.”
At the end of the music video, a worker bee – the symbol of Manchester – flies towards the camera, in homage to the city.
The 24-year-old has been teasing the song on social media since 17 April, when she tweeted a teardrop emoji followed by a message telling fans, “missed you.”
Subsequent messages contained the title in an upside-down, back-to-front font; and the single’s artwork – a greyed-out photograph of Grande, with a rainbow smudged across her eyes.
Speaking earlier this year, Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, said the star had “cried for days” over the loss of life in Manchester.
“She felt everything – every face they announced, every name, she wore on her sleeve. Every bit of emotion because that’s who she is.”
Grande also said she had been reluctant to return to the studio following the attacks, telling Billboard magazine that concluding her world tour had “been a lot emotionally”.
“It would be nice to really hold my loved ones close for a little while, stay home for a little bit,” she added.