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Ariana Grande's New Music Video For 'Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored' Ends With A Twist That's Got Tongues Wagging

The video was released on the same day as her latest album.

Yesterday was a big day for Ariana Grande – she dropped her latest single, ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’, its accompanying music video, AND her fifth studio album, thank u, next, all in one day. Meanwhile, I got tired just writing that sentence.

 

The video for ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’ follows Ariana as she meets a couple at a party, dances with them, and later turns up at their house party looking identical to the girlfriend in question. Is Ariana Single White Female-ing this poor girl in order to snatch her boyfriend away?

But the part of the video that’s got everyone talking is the ending, as Ariana finds herself in the pool with the couple. She swims over to them, and moves in to kiss the guy. Right as the video ends, the girl brings Ariana’s head to hers, they lean in for a kiss, and… the video ends.

Fan reactions are mixed. Some are taking it as Ariana’s ‘coming out’ moment, and others are worried she’s queerbaiting the LGBTQ community by depicting two women almost-kissing for the sake of a music video.

Not that anyone asked for my gay opinion, but I’m giving it anyway. Considering the themes of self-love evident in the song ‘thank u, next’ in this verse:

Plus I met someone else
We havin’ better discussions
I know they say I move on too fast
But this one gon’ last
‘Cause her name is Ari
And I’m so good with that

And the fact that Ariana’s character in this video goes from being platinum blonde to looking almost identical to the girlfriend in question, I think that the ‘kiss’ at the end is meant to depict Ariana kissing, or loving, herself. Self-love has been a huge thing for Ariana since her breakup last year with Pete Davidson, and women loving themselves and encouraging others to do the same is a great thing.

But that doesn’t mean the video isn’t queerbaiting, or that people who are upset are wrong to feel that way. Most people don’t take the time to analyse music videos, and will instead take it at face value, which is a straight woman almost-kissing another girl. Another concern is that the video perpetuates the stereotype that bi people, especially women, are more likely to cheat on their partners.

You can watch the video here, and decide for yourself. Personally, I think it’s a swing and a miss, much like her previous single, ‘7 rings’.

Indigenous Rapper Baker Boy Is Officially This Year's Best Young Australian

He's the first artist to achieve success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.

22-year-old rapper, musician and dancer Danzal Baker has been named Young Australian of the Year, in recognition of his contribution to the arts.

Baker, also known as ‘Baker Boy’, is the first rapper to achieve mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.

He was born in Darwin and grew up in Milingimbi and Maningrida, in Arnhem Land. He rose to prominence after his single ‘Marryuna’ was voted onto Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2017, where it placed 17th.

In addition, his debut single, ‘Cloud 9’, won the Triple J Unearthed competition in 2017.

Baker has signed a record deal with Select Music, and has performed as a support act for Dizzee Rascal, 50 Cent and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project.

Accepting his award, Baker said:

“With love and respect, we have the power to shape the future and make Australia a place where we all are proud, where we all belong and where we stand united.”

He also thanked his fans on social media for their support.

Chair of the National Australia Day Council, Danielle Roche OAM, said of Baker:

“Danzal Baker is an inspirational young Australian, an outstanding musical talent and dedicated advocate for Indigenous Australian culture. Through his music, he inspires young Indigenous Australians to embrace their heritage while sharing his own cultural stories with a wider audience here in Australia, and around the world.”

His latest single, ‘Cool As Hell’, was released on Thursday, and is a collaboration with Thundamentals.

The Video For Ariana's New Song '7 Rings' Is Here And It's The Definition Of Opulence

We wanted it, we got it.

Ariana Grande released the highly-anticipated video for her latest song, ‘7 rings’ this afternoon, and naturally, the internet is already hyping it up.

The song is a lot slower than ‘thank u, next’, borrows the tune of ‘My Favourite Things’ from The Sound Of Music, and features Ariana rapping. The video is entirely neon and incredibly pink, and includes what might be the world’s longest ponytail.

Rapunzel or Snow White?

The song is basically about how good it is being rich, and also how useful retail therapy is when you’re sad. Ariana sings: “Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch / Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?” and follows it with “Rather be tied up with cuffs and not strings / Write my own checks like I write what I sing, yeah (Yeah)”.

We already know the story behind the song, which is that Ariana and her friends went to Tiffany’s in New York, where she bought them all rings, and the rest is history.

The song’s theme of being rich and able to buy whatever you want isn’t exactly relatable the way ‘thank u, next’ was, but fans are keen to embrace Ariana’s latest release nonetheless.

https://twitter.com/imaginenasa/status/1086131544945618944

The video features Ariana and her friends partying, living it up, and showing off their wealth with towers of champagne glasses and just so, so many diamonds.

She spends a lot of the video on the kitchen counter, for some reason. Is this some rich person quirk I’m too broke to understand?

She also spends parts of the video inside a…dollhouse? A tiny room? A crawl-in closet? I have no idea what this is. Another rich person thing I don’t understand, probably.

What is this, a room for ants?

Also, keep an eye out for one of Ariana’s dogs, who makes a cameo. I’ve just realised that this dog is richer than me, and now I’m sad all over again.

https://twitter.com/arianassuperior/status/1086136294063902720

You can check the video out for yourself below. Don’t blame me if it leaves you feeling sad that you only have $12 in your bank account.

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