Black and white outfits, a retro touch and the presence of two guest stars: Iggy Azalea for a rapping fragment and Big Sean for the chorus. As consequence, Ariana Grande found the perfect match to release her recent song, ‘Problem’, which will be included in her upcoming album. In the case of Ariana Grande, this song is one of her first duets, Iggy Azalea has drawn the attention with another spectacular duet in ‘Fancy’ at the beginning of 2014, featuring Charli XCX, while Big Sean become popular with a duet featuring Kanye West, Pusha T and 2 Chainz.
Ariana Grande’s soft voice is accompanied by drums, trumpets and saxophone into a song that combines pop and R&B styles. She performs the pop fragments of the song, while the chorus is supported by hip hop singer Big Sean, Iggy Azalea being responsible for the last fragments of the song. Both Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea wear retro outfits, while Big Sean will impress with oversize gold jewels.
The background and the dancers follow the same mixture: Ariana Grande lays on a mesmerizing black and white floor, while she wears a white dress, the lights implied during the dancing moments are also based on black and white tones and this time Ariana Grande wears a black outfit and finally the dancers’ outfits are based on the same contrast, including white pants and black jackets.
Iggy Azalea looks incredible in a black dress, while her blond hair is transformed into large loops, reminding of the 1990s style. When the two dance together, the combination of black and white is preserved once again: Iggy Azalea in her long black dress and Ariana Grande in a trimmed white outfit, only the lights used for the background are more vivid, based on purple and pink tones.
Released in April 2014, ‘Problem’ was written by the two artists, with the help of Savan Kotecha and Max Martin, being produced by the prodigious Swedish Shellback. The video was created in the same month, since the song become quickly popular and officially released in May 2014.
As in the case of her previous hits, ‘Right There’ and ‘Almost is Never Enought’, Ariana Grande collaborated with director Nev Todorovic. The young director, who also created videos for Madison Beer or Cody Simpson, introduced few incredible details, such as a modern harlequin, performing a break dance.