It's been a lot of waiting (and teases) for fans of Ariana Grande, but it's Oct. 30, and that means that "Focus" is finally here. Actually, the new single arrived an hour ahead of schedule, but that's beside the point. The point is, the track is out.
Grande took a page out of her own book for "Focus." The song is remarkably similar to her smash hit and lead My Everything single "Problem." With booming jazz instruments and sensual moan-singing from Grande, the song is a rallying cry for her girls, and it's all about asserting yourself in a relationship.
While that is similar enough, the real parallels come when the chorus arrives, and Grande is notably absent (just like in "Problem"), but instead of ex-boyfriend Big Sean, a Mystikal-like man shouts "Focus on me." (MTV reports that the voice may or may not belong to Pitbull.) The chorus can get a little grating, but the formula has worked well for Grande before, so it's no real surprise she returned to it for her third lead single.
Along with the release of "Focus," Grande dropped the track's music video. The clip is simple, and feature a Lucius Malfoy inspired white haired Grande dancing in a variety of tight light purple spots in a variety of tight monochrome outfits. To shake things up a bit, she even breaks out a trumpet in the middle of a dance number!
"Focus" is the lead single from Grande's third studio album, which she has previously dubbed Moonlight. The LP does not yet have a release date.