Since ravaging the airwaves this summer with the sax-ifying no. 1 smash ‘Problem’, Ariana Grande’s been on her grind to ensure that 2014 signs off with her name firmly imprinted upon it. Not content with just gifting fans with her personal favourite from her upcoming album My Everything (the piano-led theatrical treasure ‘Best Mistake’, which features previous collaborator Big Sean), the former Nickelodeon actress turned global pop phenomenon shared an additional late night surprise with the release of her much anticipated video for her Zedd collaboration ‘Break Free’ – and it’s quite the space spectacular.
Whilst Ms. Grande had hinted prior to the video’s release that ‘Break Free’ was intent on bringing out her inner nerd, the final product delivers far beyond expectations – even if it is fine coated with a distinctly glamorous sheen. Drawing heavily from the sixties sci-fi cult classic Barbarella, the visual depicts Grande indulging in all the activities one would typically associate with an intergalactic heroine – exploring vividly colourful planets, rescuing civilians and warding off villainous giant robots with missiles haphazardly fired from her chest region. Alongside the dated sci-fi references, there’s also several nods to the Star Wars franchise, from the pretentious scrolling intro, the knock off versions of various alien bystanders from the films and the choreographed space rave finale that feels like it’s been lifted straight from that bizarre Kinect game which saw Han Solo bust a move to a Jason Derulo song. It’s undeniably nutty, but it might just be her best video yet – here’s hoping she manages to recreate some of the video’s astronomical highlights when she performs the track at this year’s VMA awards on August 24th.
‘Break Free’ is the second single from Ariana Grande’s forthcoming album My Everything, scheduled for release in the UK on August 25th. The album is set to feature additional guest appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, A$AP Ferg, Childish Gambino and Cashmere Cat.
You can watch the video for ‘Break Free’ above.