Ariana Grande has opted to put a thoroughly modern R&B spin on Wham!’s holiday staple “Last Christmas” as the first entry in her Christmas song release series. Listen below:
The iconic refrain of “Last Christmas” remains in Grande’s update, with some crackling percussion injected into the chorus for good measure by the Rascals and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. However, Grande bookends the hook with some fresh lyrics about holiday heartache: “What you did last December, you left my heart a mess/Boy, you blew it, how could you do it?” she wonders.
Tuesday’s release of “Last Christmas” will be followed by three more holiday tracks, which will not be packaged as a standalone EP. Instead, these songs are simply stocking stuffers to the fans who helped Grande’s first album, “Yours Truly,” debut atop the Billboard 200 chart upon its release last September.
“drinking some tea refreshing my tl reading your comments on ?#LastChristmas? smiling so hard…i love making music for u. this makes me happy,” Grande wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning.