Right There (Ariana Grande song)

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"Right There"
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Single by Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean
from the album Yours Truly
Released August 6, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 4:07
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Harmony Samuels
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Baby I"
(2013)
"Right There"
(2013)
"Last Christmas"
(2013)
"Baby I"
(2013)
"Right There"
(2013)
"Last Christmas"
(2013)
Big Sean singles chronology
"Beware"
(2013) Beware2013
"Right There"
(2013) Right There2013
"Fire"
(2013) Fire2013
Music video
"Right There" on YouTube

"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.[1][2]

Background and composition[edit]

The rapper Big Sean (pictured) appears as featuring artist in "Right There." In his verses, Sean uses several double entendres about sexual attraction.

"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.[3] 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'."[4]

Musically, the song consists of a 1990s R&B "throwback style sound",[5] "stabbing synths",[6] trap-inflected beat and a hip hop groove.[7] Backed by synths and finger snaps Grande introduces the song using higher vocal register, a bass distorted voice appears singing while Grande harmonizes around.[6][8] 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."[8][9] 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.[10] 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."[11] 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.[12]

Release and reception[edit]

[Big Sean and I] were friends for a while. We always talked about making music together at some point and we were always looking for the right song but we couldn't really find it. Then "Right There" came along and I was like, "I found it", and he threw his voice on it and he killed it. It’s amazing.
— Grande, in a Complex magazine interview[13]

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."[14] 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."[8]

Music video[edit]

Background and concept[edit]

The concept of the video for "Right There" was inspired by Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. (Illustration depicted by Frank Dicksee).

The music video for the song was released on October 30, 2013.[15] Two previews of the video were posted online on October 18, 2013.[16] In the first preview, Grande wears a pink-colored dress, and appears in a Victorian-era inspired party.[16] In the second preview, Grande published a photo showing Big Sean perched on an ornate chair.[17] The concept of the video was inspired by William Shakespeare's work Romeo and Juliet.[18] 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.[19][20] 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.[21]

"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."

Live performances[edit]

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!,[22] 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.[23] 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.[24][25]

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 87
South Korea International Chart (Gaon)[26] 100
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 113
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[28] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 84
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[30] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[31] 37
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[32] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[33] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr. North. "New Music: Ariana Grande Feat. Big Sean "Right There"". Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Lipshutz, Jason. "Ariana Grande Releases 'Right There' Song with Big Sean: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Grande, Ariana. "Grande Tweets about Right There". Twitter. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn. "Ariana Grande Taps 'Good Dude' Big Sean For 'The Way' Sequel". MTV. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ariana Grande And Big Sean's 'right There': Listen To The '90s Throwback!". MTV. August 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Ariana Grande: 'Yours Truly' – album review". Digital Spy. September 2, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ryce, Andrew (September 23, 2013). "Ariana Grande: Yours Truly". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "New Song: Ariana Grande Featuring Big Sean, 'Right There'". MTV. August 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "New Song: Ariana Grande - 'Right There'". HotNewHipHop. August 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Ariana Grande releases new song 'Right There' featuring Big Sean". AXS. August 7, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ Catucci, Nick (August 29, 2013). "Yours Truly". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ariana Grande, 'Yours Truly'". Billboard. September 4, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ Nostro, Lauren. "Who Is Ariana Grande? – Her Singles "Baby I" and "Right There"". Complex. 
  14. ^ Lansky, Sam. "Ariana Grande Explains 5 Things To Know About Her New Album 'Yours Truly': Watch". Idolator. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Right There – Ariana Grande". YouTube. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "If This Photo Is Any Indication, Ariana Grande's 'right There' Video Will Be A Victorian-era Party + Princess Dresses!". MTV. October 18, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Star Spotting: Ahhh! Big Sean Will Also Rock A Courtly Costume In Ariana Grande's 'right There' Video! (Photo)". MTV. October 25, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Ariana Grande Channels Shakespeare in 'Right There' Music Video". Rolling Stone. October 30, 2013. 
  19. ^ Boardman, Madeline (30 October 2013). "Ariana Grande Gets Cozy With Patrick Schwarzenegger In 'Right There'". Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ Vena, Jocelyn. "Ariana Grande And Patrick Schwarzenegger Kiss Shakespeare-Style In 'Right There' Video". MTV. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "ARIANA GRANDE'S 'RIGHT THERE' VIDEO: 5 SECRETS FROM THE SET!". MTV. October 30, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Ariana Grande Performed "Right There" and "The Way" On Jimmy Kimmel Live". Republic Records. October 17, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Watch Tori Kelly's Surprise 'right There' Duet With Ariana Grande + Her Entire 'artist To Watch Live' Set". MTV. January 28, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Ariana Grande and Big Sean perform "Right There" at The White House". Complex. April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Ariana Grande And Big Sean Perform ‘Right There’ At The White House". Vibe. April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  26. ^ "2013년 35주차 Digital Chart" (in Korean). GAON. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ Tobias Zywietz. "The Official Zobbel Homepage". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  28. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  29. ^ "Ariana Grande – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ariana Grande.
  30. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Ariana Grande. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Pop Songs for Ariana Grande. Retrieved June 11, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Ariana Grande – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Ariana Grande.
  33. ^ "American single certifications – Ariana Grande – Right There". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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