‘Thank U, Next’: Will Ariana Grande’s docuseries boost her net worth?
On December 9, 2020 both Netflix & Ariana Grande confirmed that Ariana Grande would be featured in a documentary about her 2019 Sweetener Tour exclusively airing on Netflix. The documentary titled Excuse Me, I Love You is scheduled to drop on Netflix on December 21, 2020.
Prior to the announcement earlier in December, Netflix was engaged in quite an intense bidding war with YouTube over securing the rights to the show. The Sun reported that Netflix successfully outbid YouTube and handed over a whopping $5.4 million USD for the show.
The 27-year-old singer is believed to have a net worth of approximately $150 million. Some speculate that her 2019 Sweetener Tour, which the Netflix documentary focuses on, actually raked in over $200 million USD, so it is possible that this raw figure might actually be larger than that now.
With this in mind, the fact that Netflix allegedly paid the star $5.4 million for the streaming rights to her documentary might not seem like such a huge impact on Grande’s total net worth. Call it what you want. $5.4 million is still lots & lots of cash.
It’s not unusual for stars of this magnitude to have cameras trail them when on tour. Katy Perry does it, and so does Taylor Swift. It’s clear Ariana Grande had every intention of turning her worldwide tour into a documentary, because the singer had cameras following & documenting her every move for the entire duration of the tour.
Thanking the fans
When the announcement dropped, both Ariana Grande & Netflix tweeted out the news, causing quite a stir on social media platforms. Grande left this heartfelt message for fans:
“Releasing this as a love letter to u all, in celebration of all that we’ve shared over the past few years. i know this project only captures some of one tour (out of all the other hundreds of shows and moments we have shared over the past six or seven years… jesus lol) but i just wanted to thank u all for showing me more in this lifetime already than i ever dreamed of. making music and doing all of this has been all i’ve known or fully given myself to consistently for a very long time now.
although my heart is looking forward to a change of pace, i wanted to express again just how eternally thankful i am,” she said. “I’ve learned, seen and felt so much. it’s been such an honor to share so much of this life with u. ‘excuse me, i love you’ dec 21. trailer tomorrow”.
Trials and tribulations
Excuse Me, I Love You, is rumored to contain lots of candid footage in addition to all the expected glitz and glamour of the stage productions. A spokesperson for Grande said that the fans should expect to see the trials and tribulations of just how hard life on tour can be. They also said that there will be enough of the other more exciting stuff to provide the balance a documentary like this needs.
The 2019 tour was allegedly very special to Grande as it came after the devastating Manchester terror attack that occurred in 2018. Not to mention, the very public and tragic breakup that Grande had with then boyfriend, Mac Miller. Excuse Me, I Love You is allegedly a tribute to all the hard work and emotions that Grande put into her 2019 tour in response to both of those events.
The documentary is dropping at just the right time. With much of the United States experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns throughout the country, and Christmas vacations about to start, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend time at home, streaming Excuse Me, I Love You this holiday period.