He’s so likable that, in his ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segments and other skits, he has the ability to make anybody next to him — even Justin Bieber — instantly likable too.
Ariana Grande’s new album, Sweetener, is still a month away, but she just dropped one of the more impressive and aggressively bizarre videos I’ve seen in awhile. It’s kind of the apolitical pop diva version of Child Gambino’s This is America in that its every frame invites dissection.
The premise of the song ‘God is a Woman’ is that Grande’s sexual prowess will make her lover believe that, indeed, God is a woman. The video depicts Grande in a series of visually arresting scenarios that symbolize this divine status.
‘No Tears Left to Cry’ doesn’t address that incident specifically, but it is about moving on from a negative experience and finding your salvation in sweet dance pop. So just about the perfect comeback tune for the pint-sized diva.
It took me many years to finally embrace pop music. I realize this every time a classic Madonna song plays on the radio and I think to myself “this is damn good” while recalling my utter disdain for all things Madonna when she actually mattered.
Failing to appreciate good pop music is like saying a comedic film is somehow innately inferior to a dramatic one. I was probably guilty of that for a long time, too.
Among them was Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman, which included the hit title song as well as ‘Side By Side,’ today’s SOTD ‘Into You’ and ‘Be Alright.’ Those are the songs that hit radio, but the album is solid start to finish.
Somehow, despite a lot of effort, Grande herself remains relatively unsexy. Maybe that’s due to her hamster-like size, or the lingering memory of her more innocent Nickelodeon days. But she dresses provocatively and surrounds herself with full-grown adult women and gives it her best shot.
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera made the move in the early 2000s. Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez did it in the past couple of years. And now it’s Ariana Grande’s turn.