Right There (Ariana Grande song)
|Single by Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean|
|from the album Yours Truly|
|Released||August 6, 2013|
|Ariana Grande singles chronology|
|Big Sean singles chronology|
"Right There" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande featuring rapper Big Sean. The song was released on August 6, 2013 as the third and final single from her debut studio album Yours Truly (2013). The song peaked at number 84 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single is certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.
Background and composition
"Right There" was written by Grande, Harmony Samuels, H. "Carmen Reece" Culver, J. "Lonny" Bereal, James "J-Doe" Smith, Al Sherrod Lambert, Jeff Lorber and Big Sean. Grande's vocals was recorded London Bridge's Studios in Los Angeles, California, while Sean's verse was recorded at Studios de la Reine in Paris, France. "Right There" samples the 1979 jazz instrumental song "Rain Dance" by The Jeff Lorber Fusion; it is the same sample that was used for the 1997 Lil' Kim song "Crush on You". Grande has referred to "Right There" as "sort of a sequel" to her first top-ten single "The Way" due to the songs' similarities in melody and composition. The singer spoke of the mutual interest she and rapper Big Sean felt in wanting to collaborate but mentioned that it took some time for them to find the right song. She said, "We were talking about a few other songs together but it just never worked out and it never was the right moment and then finally 'Right There' came along. And we were like 'Oh this is it'."
Musically, the song consists of a 1990s R&B "throwback style sound", "stabbing synths", trap-inflected beat and a hip hop groove. Backed by synths and finger snaps Grande introduces the song using higher vocal register, a bass distorted voice appears singing while Grande harmonizes around. Sean then half-rapped his verse, "OK, this, this, this for my number one girl who got the top spot title/ Spent a hour in the bathroom walked out looking like a model." Grande later appears singing: "Boy you make me feel lucky/ Finally the stars align/ Never has it been so easy, tell me you love/ And to give you this heart of mine." During the song, Grande sings about always being there for her lover interest. According to Lucas Villa from AXS, Sean agree, reaffirming that he will be there for her too. However, some critics noted sexual suggestions in Sean's verses. Entertainment Weekly's Nick Catucci commented that the rapper "slyly acknowledges Grande’s chaste image in the song, crediting the ”missionary” position for his player status." And noted Grande's innocence "isn’t sacred, but the fact that she wears it as lightly as she does may be a small miracle." Jason Lipshutz from Billboard noted: "While Big Sean boasts about his sexual prowess, Grande flaunts her typically impressive melismas before ratcheting up the emotion for the finale.
Release and reception
While the song was originally released as a promotional track available for immediate download with pre-orders of Yours Truly on iTunes, Grande stated in an interview that it evolved into a single on its own: "'Right There' is kind of about to be the next single. I think we're going to do a video for it soon. It's just because of what's naturally happened with 'Right There'. Radio's just sort of started picking it up and fans seem to really be responding to that one." Jenna Rubenstein of MTV wrote praised Grande's performance in the song writing "her breezy vocals and twinkling melisma lay perfectly over the swirling track."
Background and concept
The music video for the song was released on October 30, 2013. Two previews of the video were posted online on October 18, 2013. In the first preview, Grande wears a pink-colored dress, and appears in a Victorian-era inspired party. In the second preview, Grande published a photo showing Big Sean perched on an ornate chair. The concept of the video was inspired by William Shakespeare's work Romeo and Juliet. It takes place at a costume party in a mansion. Grande, dressed as Juliet, catches the eye of another party-goer dressed as Romeo. The two navigate the party trying to find each other and finally meet and get together at the end of the video. The role of Grande's love interest is played by Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of action film actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Grande's friend, 13 and Victorious co-star Elizabeth Gillies is also featured in the video. The video also received inspirations from the modern film interpretation Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann. During a interview with MTV News, director Nev Todorovic and producer Ally Pankiw of the Young Astronauts opened up to about the video concept, Todorovic told that the references to Baz Luhrmann's 1996 re-telling of the play was something that they hadn't originally intended on.
"The religious symbolism and the costume party are all from the original Shakespearean play, but as we were planning the shoot, and especially on set, we started seeing more of those similarities emerge. Like if you notice, we had an Astronaut in the masquerade ball and everyone is comparing it to Paul Rudd's character, but really it was an homage to our team The Young Astronauts!"
According to Todorovic, it was fitting for Big Sean to play the role of the narrator of the story and the priest in the Romeo and Juliet tale, especially "because of the religious imagery in his lyrics," stating about the Big Sean's moment in the video, he explained the decision behind Big Sean's apparition as a priest, "and the moment he got in that throne, I was like 'Yes! This is perfect.' He got so comfortable, kicked his leg up, and I was like 'Stay there, yes, let's roll."
In 2013, Grande performed an acoustic version of "Right There" for POWER 106, Capital XTRA, SBTV Music, and Amp Radio Sound Space on September 30, 2013. She performed the single version at the Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 94.9's WiLD Jam at The SAP Center in San Jose, California on December 15, 2013, and at the 2014 Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve in Times Square. In 2014, Grande performed an acoustic version at MTV's 'Artist To Watch', where she was joined by Tori Kelly for the performance. The single version was performed at the 2014 Wango Tango, the White House Easter Egg Roll 2014 (which she performed with Big Sean), select showcases in Tokyo, Japan, to promote the release of her debut album Yours Truly in the country, as well as at the 2014 iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party.
Grande also performed the song as part of her headlining tour The Listening Sessions, during her opening concerts for Justin Bieber's Believe Tour, and the 2013 KIIS-FM Jingle Ball Tour. Grande performed the song in 2015 during The Honeymoon Tour as well.
|South Korea International Chart (Gaon)||100|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||113|
|UK R&B (Official Charts Company)||15|
|US Billboard Hot 100||84|
|US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||8|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||37|
|US Rhythmic (Billboard)||8|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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