Ariana Grande is ecstatic about her upcoming sophomore album.
On Sunday, April 27, the 20-year-old actress, singer-songwriter released her new song “Problem,” which features former Grand Hustle rapper, Iggy Azalea.
“Problem” is the lead single for Grande’s second studio album. The single was co-written by Grande and Azalea, along with famed producer Max Martin and Savan Kotecha. The official release came shortly Grande and Azalea premiered the song at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards.
According to Billboard, Grande is quite pleased with the quality of her new material, and looks forward to the fans’ reaction to the new album. “It was a very exciting thing for me to all of a sudden have this new mission,” Grande said.
“To make something as special as Yours Truly, and to put my time and effort into something new and something I want to make just as good, if not better,” she said. “I never thought I’d be able to say this, but I love [the new album] five times as much as I love Yours Truly,” she admitted. “They’re different, but I love this one so much more.”
Although she’s excited about the song now, she didn’t always feel that way. As a matter of fact, she admitted that she initially didn’t want the record on her upcoming album. However, the more she listened to it, she began to notice its hit potential. Luckily, she decided to release it! The song has already skyrocketed to No. 1 on iTunes. Grande and Azalea both took to social media to share the news with fans.
just got word that Problem is currently #1 on iTunes in 40+ countries & top 10 in 60. thank u loves for making it possible. this is surreal!
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 28, 2014
“‘Problem’ truly represents the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that’s gone sour — but you want to more than anything,” said Grande.
The publication also reported that Grande “cryptically confirmed” that the song is based on her on-again, off-again relationship with her ex. “In the song, it ends on a sappy, negative note, but in [real] life, we’re hoping it’s going to end on a positive one. I feel like it’s all very honest and human.”
Although the upcoming album is still untitled, the Yours Truly singer projects that it will be released sometime in August or September.
Image via Ariana Grande, Facebook