@ArianaGrande Breaks FREE from the confines of traditional pop and creates hilarious #BreakFree video

Sexy, yet innocent. Fantastical and over-the-top, but still somewhat tasteful. Ariana Grande‘s video for “Break Free” shows an Ariana who just has no more cares to give. See for yourself:

The beginning 25 seconds preps the audience for the hilarity of the approximately four-minute masterpiece. From stylized and themed homages to Britney Spears‘ “Oops… I Did It Again,” to the now iconic Barabella title credits featuring Jane Fonda at her best (recreated by Kylie Minogue in “Put Yourself In My Place“), to even the comic animation most represented in recent summer jams (look to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” and Katy Perry‘s epic “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)“), Grande pulls out all the stops to make create a fun pop video to an equally fun and powerful song. Side note: those boob cannons remind anyone else of Shakira‘s animation twist in “Objection (Tango)?” Or am I just the biggest pop music nerd out there?

Flailing Ariana

She still looks good even when she’s flailing around!

Even the nonchalance she portrays through her freestyle dancing and hand throwing adds to the mystique of Ariana just not caring about what others may tell her to do – she’s “breaking free” from the confines of carefully-planned video concepts… Or maybe that’s exactly what she and her management want us to think…

Either way, the song is killer – it has Zedd‘s production written all over it. The lyrics are great, perfect for a summer jam – not too involved, but just enough to where it doesn’t feel like you’re losing brain cells listening to it on repeat. And Ariana’s delivery – flawless. It’s highly addictive, but not in an overwhelming sort of way. It must be all of the galactic zings and sound effects that keep it so fresh and futuristic. Another side bar: I totally dance to this song the same way she does. So yay for being on the same side as the artist in terms of interpretive dancing!

Break Free Ariana Grande

Yes, Ariana breaks into an improv dance routine with a fun Star Trek-inspired dance crew. And yes, she still has no cares to give because she has freed her crew from the evil guy’s confines and thrown him into a fiery pit.


RATING (of song): ★★★★☆


In terms of the other song she released today (“Best Mistake”), the piano intro is so hauntingly beautiful. Reminiscent of something that Gatsby (as in Jay Gatsby from would play when thinking about Daisy or something. And that chorus. Wow. Talk about stripping it back and letting Ariana just use voice control and inflection to give the listener goosebumps. It’s just such a magnificent song. And even Big Sean‘s part is good.

With songs like “Best Mistake,” “Bang Bang” w/ Jessie J & Nicki Minaj, “Break Free” and “Problem” Feat. Iggy Azalea on there, I know her LP My Everything is going to be legen- wait for it… (what food group is yogurt and milk in?…) -dary!