Ariana Grande laments still being in love with a person who does nothing but drag her down. She knows she should be wiser, but alas, love knows no logic sometimes. And then Iggy Azalea (who is the realest, in case you didn't know this) steps in to drop a verse about what a waste of time you are, and how she's not letting you back again because she's got 99 problems already and you're not worth being number one-zero-zero. In case you didn't feel bad enough already (and you should!) Big Sean is here to whisper "one less problem without you" in your ear over and over again. Just to drive the point home, you know?
Did you know?
- Ariana Grande-Butera (known professionally as Ariana Grande) was born June 26, 1993 and raised in Boca Raton, Florida.
- Grande made her acting debut in 2008, playing the role of Charlotte in 13 on Broadway. From 2010 to 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and reprised the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14).
- Her elder half-brother Frankie is an actor, dancer and producer, and a contestant on season sixteen of Big Brother.
- The chorus of “Problem” features uncredited background vocals from American hip hop artist Big Sean.
- The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 selling 438,000 copies in its first week on sale.
- "Problem" performed well internationally, debuting at the top of the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom and peaking within the top ten of the charts in most other territories, including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Greece.
- The music video is currently nominated for three awards at the2014 MTV Video Music Awards for "Best Pop Video," "Best Female Video," and "Best Collaboration."
- Grande met Azalea at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards where they had presented an award together, and hung out at Katy Perry's after party in Amsterdam, where they expressed interest in working together.
- Grande has also cited Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Destiny's Child, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, India Arie, Imogen Heap, and Amy Winehouse as influences.
- At the age of ten, Grande co-founded the South Florida youth singing group Kids Who Care, which performed for charitable fund-raising events, raising over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.