Ariana Grande Popular Song

Album Yours Truly : Popular Song

Album Yours Truly : Popular Song

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Popular Song” is a single from Ariana Grande’s debut album Yours Truly and Mika’s third album, The Origin of Love. It is the eleventh track off her debut album.

The song is an updated cover of the original version, as featured in the musical Wicked. The album version of the song features vocals from the original songwriter, Priscilla Renea, and features low-level expletives, as featured in Wicked. However, the single version removes Renea and replaces her with Grande, removes the expletives, and completely changes the instrumental arrangement and tempo, to create a version which heavily links to Mika’s former hits, “Grace Kelly” and “We Are Golden”. It peaked at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background

The original version of the song was made available on Mika’s third studio album, The Origin of Love, and features vocals from songwriter Priscilla Renea. This version is heavily based on the original from Wicked and uses a very rough tempo and instrumentation, to fit in with the theme of the album. It also used the expletives ‘b****’ and ‘s***’. However, for the track’s release as a single, Mika decided to completely change the arrangement, and create something similar to his hit single “Grace Kelly”. To do this, he enlisted the help of American actress and performer Ariana Grande, rewrote some of the lyrics to remove the expletives, changed the instrumentation and tempo, and reworked the song’s structure.

The new version was released to the iTunes Store on December 21, 2012, being released as the album’s second single in the United States. It subsequently peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Mika’s second most successful song in the region, following “Grace Kelly”. It has not been revealed if the track will be released as a single elsewhere.

Lyrics

Ariana:
La la, la la
You were the popular one, the popular chick
It is what it is, now I’m popular-ish

MIKA:
Standing on the field with your pretty pompoms
Now you’re working at the movie selling popular corn
I could have been a mess but I never went wrong
‘Cause I’m putting down my story in a popular song

Ariana:
La la, la la

Both:
I said I’m putting down my story in a popular song

My problem, I never was a model,
I never was a scholar,
But you were always popular,
You were singing, all the songs I don’t know
Now you’re in the front row
‘Cause my song is popular
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That’s all you ever need to know
So catch up, ’cause you got an awful long way to go
So catch up, ’cause you got an awful long way to go

Ariana:
Always was on the lookout for someone to hate

Both:
Picking on me like a dinner plate

Ariana:
You’d hit during classes and in between them

Both:
Dunk me in the toilets now it’s you that cleans em’

MIKA:
You tried to make me feel bad with the things you do
It ain’t so funny when the joke’s on you

Both:
Ooh

Ariana:
The joke’s on you
Got everyone’s laughing

Both:
Got everyone clapping, asking
How come you look so cool?
‘Cause that’s the only thing that I learnt at school, boy
I said that’s the only thing I learnt at school

My problem, I never was a model,
I never was a scholar,
But you were always popular,
You were singing, all the songs I don’t know
Now you’re in the front row
‘Cause my song is popular
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That’s all you ever need to know
So catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go
So catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go

All you ever need to know
You’re only ever who you were
All you ever need to know
You’re only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
It’s not about who you are or your fancy car
You’re only ever who you were
Popular

MIKA:
I know about popular

Both:
And all that you have to do, is be true to you.
That’s all you ever need to know

Ariana:
That’s all you ever need to know

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