After what felt like a tediously long wait, “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj is finally here!
Released at midnight, “Bang Bang” is whip fast pop song with snarling drums and a sneaky little horn section that would make the timid of people sashaying their way across the room. It shouldn’t be surprising as it’s the product of a collaboration between three powerhouse performers who ooze girl power. “Bang Bang” actually reminds us of the same kind of high energy that surrounded the “Lady Marmalade” collaboration between Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink when it was first released back in 2002.
Between Jessie J’s soulful sound, Ariana’s sultry vocals and Nicki’s badass, rapidfire verse, it’s no surprise “Bang Bang” made its way into the iTunes Top Songs chart mere hours after it was made available.
Jessie J even took a screenshot of the achievement and shared it with her 1.4 million Instagram followers. “I can’t even breathe! Tears of joy! You have no idea how much this means! Thank you THANK YOU,” she captioned it.
It was also a special moment for Ariana as “Bang Bang” is her third song on the iTunes charts. It follows her previous summer releases “Problem” and “Break Free (feat. Zedd).”
i’m on 3 songs in the top 20 on @itunesmusic… well damn that’s exciting ???????? thank you so much…. so grateful
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 29, 2014
The song is the first single off of Jessie J’s new album (out this fall) and is set to appear on the deluxe edition of Ariana’s forthcoming album My Everything (out August 25).