Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder” Aug20

Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”...

The marketing push for Ariana Grande is ramping up as her A&Rs aggressively carve out space in the crowded pop world. At the same time Ariana has to fend off feud reports from her ex-co-star on “Sam & Cat” and endure criticism on her lack of dance talent. It all seems so ridiculous, so let’s get back to the music. The first track is a winning collaboration with The Weeknd. Even at a fraction of his powers, he is still a quality, impassioned vocalist who can elicit the best out of Ariana. The rest of the songs show her vocal range and talent. She is playing to her strength in this 4-song package. Good work, A&Rs! My Everything will be out on August 25th, but can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. (OnSmash) Get More: Ariana Grande, Ariana Grande...

Ariana Grande feat. Zedd – “Break Free” Aug13

Ariana Grande feat. Zedd – “Break Free”...

First things first, this track is a very polished example of EDM pop capped with a more-than-capable vocalist. Ariana Grande can make a song like this every year and make a lot of money. I’m not saying it’s my favorite. I’m saying people will really like it, DJs will remix it, and the song can become ubiquitous all on the strength of her voice. But the video is a hot fucking mess of Nickelodeon-styled sets and acting. The set and artifacts are rife with fake Illuminati symbols that idiots like Mark Dice will actually spin into real Illuminati mumbo jumbo. But come on, this is really just an Astronaut Jones skit bacon-wrapped in EDM and Ariana anti-gravity cheesecake shots. I feel bad for Jeannette McCurdy, who is probably sitting at home in Studio City or Santa Monica or wherever snorting her last line of coke from the baggie she stole from her ex-boyfriend director (You’re the Worst reference…WATCH THIS SHOW!). RIP Sam & Cat Anyways I hate that I chose sleep over writing this blurb last night, because I so many more funny bits. The camel toe. Ariana’s washing her hair move. How Big Sean sidegraded from one hot Hispanic actress/singer to a waifish Hispanic singer/actress. How distraught I became when an ad-free video finally succumbed to the cliché Beats headphones, speaker, and app combo at the very end. Seriously does anyone outside of a music video set actually use the Beats Music app? If you say you do, I won’t believe you. And what the fuck is a Zedd? Don’t tell me is the crane operating fake DJ white boy at the end of the video spliced between the kissing male dancers? It is. ffffffffffff. “Break Free” will be Ariane’s My Everything album....

Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem” Apr29

Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”...

Damn Idolator and Pitchfork already beat me to punch. That ubiquitous saxophone bleat is making a comeback here and here and now here with Ariana Grande’s monster hit. Shit the track just dropped on Sunday night during the Radio Disney Music Awards. I’m pretty sure that screaming girls at a teen-oriented award show presents a highly bias opinion, but even in a vacuum this track is a bio-engineered hit. Trap-lite. Rapper of the moment: Iggy Azalea (who I assumed replaced Big Sean who is relegated to hook whispering duty…the check still clears). But Ariana glides through “Problem” like young Mariah. You know she can sing stronger and higher, but this is dance-pop. Coast through and save the pipes for a real torch song....