Weekly Briefs: Week of Nov. 5, 2018

Ariana Grande releases news single

Ariana Grande dropped a new song called “thank u, next” on Saturday, Nov. 3 that references her previous relationships, including recent ex-fiancee Pete Davidson. The song alludes to her relationships with rapper Big Sean, dancer Ricky Alvarez and rapper Mac Miller. It was reported that Sean and Alvarez heard the song before it was released. That night, on “Saturday Night Live”, Davidson said about Grande, “She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world.” Grande also announced that “thank u, next” is also the title of an album to come.

Mac Miller’s death certified an accidental overdose

Rapper Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose from a “mixed drug toxicity,” according to a coroner’s report on Monday, Nov. 5. The coroner discovered fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol in Miller’s system. Miller, born Malcolm McCormick, died on Sept. 7 at the age of 26. An initial autopsy was performed on Miller but further investigation was required to confirm the cause of death. Ariana Grande, Miller’s ex-girlfriend, remembers Miller in her new song as “an angel.”

Frank Ocean gives away merch to voters

Singer Frank Ocean gave away free merchandise to fans who voted in the elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. An announcement was made on his official Tumblr page informing followers that if they provided evidence that they voted on Tuesday, they could pick up free merch from one of the pop-up shops located in only four cities. The four shops were in Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas. This intentional placement of the shops was to support Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke; who all ran as Democrats.

U.S. Olympic Committee to shut down USA Gymnastics

The U.S. Olympic Committee, also known as USOC, is taking action to rescind “national governing body” status from USA Gymnastics. USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland penned an open letter where she told gymnasts that they “deserve better.” The USOC is granted power to investigate any situation regarding the recognition of any national governing body. “Until the process is completed and a final determination on [USA Gymnastic’s] status is made, we will work to ensure that gymnastics training and competitions will continue as usual,” Hirshland wrote in the open letter. “I don’t know how long the process will take, and we will make every effort to proceed quickly.”