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Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus release new songs begging everyone to chill out

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As our president’s innumerable crimes threaten to catch up to him, the world’s social media juggernauts seed global unrest, and two of the most powerful artists break the internet with their petty bullshit, a pair of pop luminaries have emerged with songs designed specifically to chill us the fuck out.

Ariana Grande, who just shared an anthem for the romantically exhausted with “Thank U, Next,” shared the soothing, optimistic “Imagine” on Thursday night, while Miley Cyrus gave us another taste of her ongoing Mark Ronson partnership with “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” a John Lennon cover that features his son, Sean Lennon.


Grande specifically called out Kanye’s exhausting tweetstorm, which was more or less dominating the online sphere. “Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online rn,” she tweeted, “but miley and I [are] dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please just behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u.”

Cyrus quote-tweeted Grande’s message. “Didn’t they hear the news?! War IS over! Thank you, next!” she wrote.


Stream them both below.


Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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