Ariana Grande’s “Problem”: Listen To The Iggy Azalea-Assisted Finished Studio Version

Apr 27th, 2014 // 11 Comments
Ariana's "Problem" Live
Ari debuted "Problem" at the Radio Disney Awards. Read More »

After a flurry of mysterious tweets and a 10-day social media countdown, Ariana Grande‘s much-hyped “Problem” finally arrived on iTunes tonight (April 27). The pint-sized diva debuted the Iggy Azalea-assisted single a couple of hours earlier with a fun and flirty live performance at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards.

The reaction to the song has been overwhelmingly positive with fans and critics agreeing that “Problem” represents a welcome change of pace for the ballad-favoring songbird. Built around a sax sample that owes a significant debt to Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty”, the high-profile collaboration isn’t particularly original but it is catchy.

“Head in the clouds got no weight on my shoulders, I should be wiser and realize that I’ve got one less problem without ya,” wails Ari in the blockbuster chorus, while Iggy steps in to lend the fiery kiss-off anthem even more attitude. “I got 99 problems but you won’t be one” is her blunt summation of the situation. Time will tell if “Problem” is another mega-hit like “The Way,” but it’s off to an exceedingly good start. The single reached the iTunes top five on pre-orders alone. Listen after the jump.

Fun fact: the dude whispering is Big Sean!

Is Ariana’s new single a hit or miss? Have your say in the comments below.

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  1. Lizzie

    This song is terrible. Why does she sound like she’s is practically yelling and singing at the same time?
    It sounds too much like Jason Derulo’s hit song. Why that song became a hit is beyond me. Its awful. Then again many hit songs these days are bad.
    “The Way” was a far better song. It had a bit of cross appeal. This song just sounds like something 12 year olds are going to be singing on the bus.
    It will probably end up being a hit on the strength of tweens alone.

  2. Adam

    Iggy’s great, I love her :)

  3. i literally can’t even with this song. the only thing that saves it is Iggy. It has potential but just falls flat on its ass. what a shame.

  4. Hii

    She’s screaming. Iggy really does save this song.

  5. danny

    I think if you’re over 18 you won’t like it. Ariana is simply not cool BUT Iggy does something to the song that makes it worth playing. Otherwise is a rip off of at least 2 songs. It reminds me of Macklemore and Jason for sure.

    What I like about Iggy’s rap is that it sounds tough. Not like Nicki just rhyming stupid words.

  6. Bill

    Because Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” is sooo original *gags*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Psuqys26J4&feature=kp

  7. Tina

    Dumb Aussies come trolling the comment section. Ariana gave an amazing performance.

  8. Sarah

    Love it!! Iggy

  9. alexis hearst

    i love your song it makes me feel like I want have know more problem so thanks for writing that song it makes me feel cool and I am a 9 year old and my name is alexis michelle hearst love you.

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