"Problem" as a Film Noir?

by Kadeen Griffiths

Ariana Grande's latest single, "Problem", is still at the top of the charts and shows no signs of slowing down even though the official music video has yet to even be released. People were talking about it before it even came out, when Grande subtly revealed on Twitter that she'd be collaborating with Iggy Azalea, and the actual song release made a lot of dreams come true. The release of Ariana Grande's "Problem" lyric video gave us all a new dream in the form of three minutes of pure noir goodness.

Since the lyrics are the focus of the video, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea's faces are largely covered by them as they sing along to the words. The entire video is in black and white, along with a shade effect that makes the pair look like two femme fatales in a detective's office, getting ready to head out into a rainy night to solve a mystery. Grande laughs and smiles and winks a lot, keeping things playful and light, but if the "Problem" music video is anything like the lyric video then it could make for an incredibly intriguing concept.

The song is lorded for being one of Grande's most mature sounds yet so why not pair it with a more mature video that shows off her singing talent and her acting talent? Film noir was never a genre that I would have associated with Ariana Grande, but between the song, the lyric video, and Grande's "Problem" photo shoot, I need more bad girl shenanigans in my life. Beyoncé and Lady Gaga in the "Telephone" music video was just not enough. Get on this, Hollywood.

Watch the video below.