From its title screen to its opening line (“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”) and how the lyrics scroll across, the “Break Free” lyric clip mimics the classic film’s iconic opening sequence. The video does draw more attention to co-producer Max Martin‘s influence – namely, the doggerel that is lyrics such as, “I only wanna die alive / never by the hands of a broken heart.” Given how Grande’s taken to campy retro-futurism instead of actually appearing futuristic, it isn’t likely any of that matters. Plus, critics have already spoken: “Break Free,” off Grande’s sophomore album My Everything and also featuring Zedd, sounds like a hit for here and now.
Watch Grande’s “Break Free” lyric video up top, then revisit the Star Wars opening sequence below.
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