No problems here! Ariana Grande’s new song “Problem” is already on top of the charts… and it only debuted a few hours ago.
The sax-drenched, sunny track hit iTunes on Monday (April 28), channeling a little bit of J.Lo and a little bit of the Ying Yang Twins. Let’s just say that it’s nothing you’ve heard from Ariana before.
The song’s melody is constantly floating upward until rapper Iggy Azalea grounds it back down with her verse.
“Smart money bettin’ I’ll be better off without you,” Iggy raps. “In no time you know I’ll be forgettin’ all about you/ Sayin’ that you know but I really, really doubt you/ Won’t you understand my life is easy when I ain’t around you?”
Ariana’s uplifting, ascending notes might serve as a metaphor for what the song is about. She falls in love quickly and can’t get rid of her crush, whom she knows isn’t good for her. As her heart gets lighter and lighter, she sings “Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders/ I should be wiser and realize that I’ve got/ One less problem without you.”
(That’s when that Ying Yang-sounding guy comes in.)
And once she realizes that love has made her oblivious, a saxophone bright with sass pumps into the track, and Ariana brings the attitude, knowing life would be a lot easier if this bad-boy wasn’t in her life.