We, as a community, may never agree on this, but I hold that Ariana Grande’s honking Iggy Azalea-featuring pop-R&B sunburst “Problem” the the greatest potential summer jam that has yet emerged in 2014, and the Stereogum staff has my back. The “Problem” video just hit the internet, and it is a big, dizzy energy-jolt with a lot of contortionist breakdancing and a ton of early-’60s mod design. Iggy wears the Emma Peel Avengers jumpsuit, which is going a lot way toward me eventually being OK with Iggy Azalea. Nev Todorovic directs. You could take a stand for the purity and importance of true independent music, or you could watch the video. Pick one! You can’t have both! The video is below.
Grande’s sophomore album is due later this year, and I would be willing to pay real American dollars for it.