Ariana Grande has ditched Iggy Azalea for a new solo version of Max Martin-produced smash “Problem”. The sax-heavy jam has been stuck at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind the Australian collaborator’s “Fancy” for the past month, so the new edit could be revenge for the femcee’s chart-blocking ways or, more likely, a simple marketing exercise.
The song is so relentlessly catchy that it could stand up to almost any act of butchery but “Problem” definitely sounds worse without Iggy. Her fierce (but still young adult-friendly) verse injected some much-needed attitude into the song, which now just sounds like a straightforward Mariah Carey knock-off mashed with Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty”. Listen after the jump.
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