The 1960's tribute supports Grande's latest smash hit, which precedes her upcoming sophomore album.
While Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" (feat. Charli XCX) makes history by moving up to No. 1 on this week's Hot 100 chart, Azalea's other pop smash, Ariana Grande's "Problem," bumps up to No. 2 on the chart, giving Grande her highest-charting single yet. A little over a month after its release, "Problem" finally receives an official music video, which features Grande and Azalea delivering the kiss-off anthem in a decidedly retro aesthetic. Watch below:
The "Problem" music video, which Grande teased on Instagram hours before its release, finds Grande getting her go-go on and surrounding herself with contorting dancers before Azalea shows up rocking a striking Barbarella hairstyle (the Whisper Man himself, Big Sean, also pops in for a cameo). Directed by Nev Todorovic, the "Problem" clip dials down the lavishness of Grande's "Right There" video and offers an homage to 1960's style, right down to the grainy camera effects.
"Problem" -- which was produced by Max Martin, Ilya and Shellback -- previews Grande's second studio album, due out in late summer. The album will feature collaborations with Zedd, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Rodney Jerkins, and follows last year's debut album "Yours Truly," which started at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart upon its September release.
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"I never thought I'd be able to say this, but I love this [album] five times as much as I love 'Yours Truly,'" Grande told Billboard last month. "They're different, but I love this one so much more."
"Problem" has sold 1.2 million downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and its official lyric video has earned 29 million YouTube views. Watch Grande and Azalea perform the song at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards below: