Every year around Christmas time, Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche brings us a cover of one of the year’s big pop songs. Last year, he crafted a stirring rendition of Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar.” The year before that was Ariana Grande’s “Into You.” In 2015, he put his own spin on Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” This holiday season, he embraces the gift of Grande again with a bilingual version of “thank u, next.” Lerche sings, mostly in Norwegian, over a soft Latin guitar rhythm.
He expands on his song choice in a statement:
A lot of people guessed it already — I hadn’t really decided between “No tears left to cry” or this one when I sat down with my guitar the night before last to feel out the vibes. I loved them both the moment I heard them, but the explicit message of gratitude and acceptance in “thank u, next” swiftly inspired me to reimagine the lyrics to fit my own experiences – and for once, I felt this would need to happen in Norwegian (mostly).
Listen to Sondre Lerche’s cover of “thank u, next” below.