In just 24 days, my favorite Nickelodeon star-turned-macabre, donut-licking pop music powerhouse will drop the first single off of her to-be-released third album, Moonlight. As if she could sense just how badly we Arianators are dying to put the song in our ears, Ariana Grande posted a snippet of “Focus” on Instagram on Tuesday. My body is ready to hear the track in its entirety. The brief clip is a dash of “Problem,” a sprinkle of Christina Aguilera circa Back to Basics, and a hearty helping of Ari G.'s flawlessness. Love it love it love it.
If the clip doesn't have you fired up for "Focus," 1) get your ears checked, and 2) the track's personnel should make you change your tune (corny pun intended ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). The song was written by Grande, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, and Iyla. Um, would you take a look at group of songwriters? Not only is Grande everything, but Kotecha, Svensson, and Iyla just so happen to be some of today’s best pop music minds. If you want a hook that cannot be denied, you can count on these maestros.
Would you like me to hit you with some of the hits penned by those three gents? You got it. Kotecha co-wrote "Cool For the Summer" by Demi Lovato! Svensson, the lead guitarist of the Cardigans, co-wrote the band's smash "Lovefool"! Iyla co-produced "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar! Kotecha was one of the songwriters behind "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction! Svensson was one of the songwriters behind Carly Rae Jepsen's "I Really Like You"! Both Iyla and Kotecha were two of the songwriters behind "Problem" by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea! I could do this all day!
"Focus" will be a banger. It will take over the radio airwaves. There's no fighting it. The pop music Force is too strong with this one.