Ariana Grande shared a new video for “34+35,” the latest single off her sixth studio album, Positions. Equal parts sultry and dramatic, the pop star plays both a scientist in a lab, as well as the lifelike robot that she is creating.
Helmed by Director X, whose credits include visuals for Justin Bieber, Drake, and Nicki Minaj, among others, “34+35” also includes nearly a minute of bonus, behind-the-scenes footage at the end.
In a recent interview on the Zach Sang Show, Grande spoke about the tongue-in-cheek single, calling it “So funny and stupid. It’s absolutely absurd. It was just a fun thing. We heard the strings that sounded so Disney and orchestral and full and pure. And I was just like, ‘Yo, what is the dirtiest possible, most opposing lyric that we could write to this.’”
In October, Grande surprised fans with news of her follow-up to Thank U, Next, and released the slow-jam filled album just weeks later. Positions debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, marking her fifth No.1 album in the US. The artist also concurrently topped both the album and singles charts in the UK, with Positions and its title track.
Critics had warm words for Grande’s latest effort as well. Rolling Stone wrote, “Positions may be the clearest window into the pop superstar’s brain and sense of humor.” Adding that it’s “a solid step forward in the right direction for one pop’s most exciting stars.”
Over the weekend, Grande joined Thundercat for a performance of his song “Them Changes” as part of the virtual Adult Swim Festival. Grande has previously shared that the 2015 track is one of her favorites. Thundercat, who was also accompanied by JD Beck and DOMi, said, “It feels like Ariana and I are forever connected through Mac [Miller], and this is part of the healing process.”
Positions is out now and can be bought here.