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Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman
Features Nicki Minaj
Released May 20, 2016 (album)
August 30 (single)
Recorded May 2015
Format Digital download
Genre Reggae-pop
Length 3:46
Label Republic
Writer Ariana Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin, Kenan Williams, Onika Maraj, Alexander Kronlund, Savan Kotecha
Producer Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh
Single information
Single release August 30, 2016
Video release August 29, 2016
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"Side to Side" is a song by Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj. The song was released on Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman, and as a part of the countdown leading up to the album's release. Nicki hinted on Twitter that there will be an accompanying music video for the song.


On April 7, 2016, Ariana shared a snippet of the song via her Snapchat. Three days later the tracklist for Dangerous Woman on iTunes was updated  to show five explicit songs on the album. On April 16, 2016, Ariana revealed the tracklist for her upcoming album, and "Side To Side" was revealed to be one of the explicit tracks.

On May 13, 2016, Grande announced on her Instagram account that a new song from her album Dangerous Woman would be premiered exclusively on Apple Music every day until the release of the album. The following day, Grande posted a short preview of "Side to Side" via Instagram, then premiered the song on Apple Music the same day. On August 30, 2016, the track was sent to US urban contemporary radio and became Dangerous Woman's third single.

The song was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Alexander Kronlund, Grande and Minaj. Martin was also responsible for production, along with Salmanzadeh, as well as programming, drums, percussion, guitars, bassand keyboard. The background vocal was provided by Kotecha, Chonita Gilbert, Joi Gilliam and Taura Stinson. It was recorded at MXM Studios in Los Angeles, California and Wolf Cousins Studios in Stockholm, Sweden while Minaj's verses were recorded at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California and MilkBoy the Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Side to Side" is written in the key of F♯ minor with a common time tempo of 159 beats per minute. Grande's vocals span two octaves, from the low note of F♯3 to the mixed note of F♯5.

The song is a dancehall and reggae-pop song complemented with R&B influences with a duration of three minutes and forty-six seconds (3:46). Lyrically, "Side to Side" describes a feeling of soreness after sex. In an interview to MTV News reporter Gaby Wilson, Grande explained "that whole song is about riding leading to soreness".

Deepa Lakshmin from MTV noted that when Minaj says “bicycle” and “tricycle,” "she’s rapping about something a bit more risquĂ© than your standard gym workout."

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Music video

Music Video Information
Ariana Grande - Side To Side ft

Ariana Grande - Side To Side ft. Nicki Minaj

Premiere August 28, 2016.
Filmed August 2016
Director Hannah Lux Davis
Production co
Exec. producer
Length 3:57


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