Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Video: Ariana Grande - Focus

Proving that the pop triumph of last year's "My Everything" album was no fluke, here's Ariana Grande with her new song Focus.

Admittedly, the song sounds like a 2015 iteration of Problem – right down to the spoken-word anti-chorus (this time with vocals from Hollywood star Jamie Foxx). But there’s something about Ariana's performance, both on the song and in the video, which suggests she's grown into her pop star role.

Where once she looked startled and uncertain, now the 22-year-old seems confident and poised.

You can see it in her choreography; you can see it in the way she locks eyes with the camera; and you can see it in the way Ariana demolishes these radio presenters for their stream of misogynist interview questions.

Whichever way you look at it, Ariana's come a long way from the artist who, 18 months ago, said: "I don't feel confident in my sexuality or in my fashion. I think of music first. I want people to listen instead of look and judge."

Maybe she got special courage powers from all those donuts she licked.

Watch the official video, and a special Hallowe’en performance of the song below.

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