The Pharrell Williams-produced track, featuring a guest rap from Nicki Minaj, was released overnight as the follow-up to Grande’s April single No Tears Left To Cry.
But The Light Is Coming features a sample of a man shouting what seems to be: “You wouldn’t let anybody speak!”
So where is it from? Luckily a journalist on social media seems to have found the answer.
MTV’s Madeline Roth tweeted a video from the CNN archives, which features a man shouting that exact phrase.
She captioned it: “soo, the sample in @ArianaGrande’s #TheLightIsComing (‘you wouldn’t let anybody speak!’) appears to be from a CNN archive clip of a man shouting at Sen. Arlen Specter at a Pennsylvania town hall meeting in 2009.”
Sure enough, the man in the video sounds exactly like the one in the song.
The Light Is Coming is the second single to come from Grande’s upcoming fourth album Sweetener, which will be released on August 17.
Grande has had a busy week, having already unveiled a collaboration with Troye Sivan and another with Minaj.
Fans have been sharing their earliest reactions to the track, with one tweeting: “I really f**king love how Ariana experimented with her sound on the light is coming. extremely proud of her. I love you @ArianaGrande.”
Another posted: “the light is coming is exactly 100% of all the things I need in my life thank you queen @ArianaGrande.”
That sample didn’t go down brilliantly with everyone, however, with one fan tweeting: “request: version of ‘the light is coming’ without an old man screaming in the background.”
The track will presumably make for a serious contender for No1 over the coming weeks.
To date Grande has two chart-topping singles in the UK: 2014’s Problem and Bang Bang.
She is yet to top the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, but has come close multiple times: Problem peaked at No2, while Bang Bang and No Tears Left To Cry both peaked at No3.