Ariana Grande doing an EDM song? Thanks to Zedd, her new hit summer single “Break Free” has a heavily thumping backbeat that makes you picture Grande’s perfect ponytail bouncing in pure ecstasy.”I never thought I’d do an EDM song,” she said of the collaboration, “but that was an eye-opening experience, and now all I want to do is dance.”
Better known for her contemporary clothing style and pop sound mixed with a touch of classic R&B, “Break Free,” which will be featured on her upcoming second album “My Everything,” is a break from her usual. Her debut album “Yours Truly” took a lot of inspiration from Mariah Carey’s style, whereas “Break Free” has a sound more akin to Demi Lovato, which added with Zedd’s hand in the production, makes this single a fist-pumping, dance-jumping, club-ready EDM song.
Grande celebrates her independence from a former flame, or “breaking free” as it were, and is turning over a new leaf as a strong, independent woman, comfortable on her own. She definitely sounds comfortable soaring above the music, with all of her high vocal register capabilities. The song is pure empowerment from the EDM bassline to the pretty pop synth to Grande’s lyrics and solid vocals. “This is the part when/ I say I don’t want you/ I’m stronger than I’ve been before,” she sings on the chorus, making you feel totally in control, even if you haven’t just recently gone through a breakup.
Perhaps Grande has a future in EDM. She told Billboard earlier this year that working with Zedd, the “Clarity” mastermind, was “fantastic and super-experimental.” Maybe all that experimentin’ will lead to further evolutions in her sound.
This summer anthem is gearing fans up for her second album “My Everything,” due to be released August 25th, 2014, and shows that Grande is by no means stuck on her old school R&B jams and power ballads. “Break Free” is distinctly synth-pop with an EDM backbone. The collaboration definitely worked in their favor this time, as this song is built to rival her hit single from earlier this year, “Problem,” and will most likely be topping the charts as fans eagerly await the arrival of “My Everything.”