Ariana Grande releases docuseries about ‘Dangerous Woman’ series

Still feeling like a Dangerous Woman

On Thursday, November 29th Ariana Grande pulled a Shane Dawson and released a docuseries that focused on her 2017 “Dangerous Woman” tour. “Dangerous Woman Diaries” were highly anticipated as it was a behind the scenes look at the tour and looked like it would also have performances on there. The release of this docuseries also happens to hype her newest video “Thank U, Next.” Well timed, Miss Butera, well timed.

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Before I go any further into the review, let’s get one thing straight: I’m very glad she released the “Dangerous Woman Diaries.” I wasn’t able to go to see the tour so I didn’t experience it. I’m stating this first because here is the part where I have to nonobjective and review it like I would any other. As a Ariana Grande fan, I enjoyed it. But as a journalist and reviewer, I had mixed feelings. 

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” is pretty much your standard concert movie. It full of the performances from the tour as well as little behind the scenes bits from tour and Ariana’s life. It’s split into four different episodes: one episode covers “Sweetener” and the other three is the tour and performances. It’s all amateur footage as well. So there are times where it’s like you are literally watching the video on YouTube, which is where the series is ironically, and there’s also times that it looks likes a full production.

I honestly liked how personal the series felt. You got a closer look at what’s its like to be on tour with Ariana as well as got to get see how close their crew is thoughout the tour. The footage help and hurt the overall experience. While the raw handy cam footage worked for those personal moments, it hurt the performances. There was times where you would have professional HD footage that look something that you would get on a full fledge concert DVD. Then it go to handy cam footage that was good quality but something that you would have found on YouTube from a fan. It’s sketchy but not as clear as the previous footage. It literally looks like a fan-made DVD of the concert. There you go, I said it!

I can forgive the fan-made DVD aspect but here are the unforgive able things that I just can’t let slide. After the first episode, they have given “Dangerous Woman Diaries” a TV-MA. What is funny about that is the fact it’s still censored. And it’s not like casually censored. Take her performance of “Everyday.” When she sings “He’s giving me that good shit/that makes me not quit,” a loud and obnoxious bleep is played when shit comes up. This is for most swear words like that you don’t really ear on TV before 9 PM.  I’m pretty sure she just trolling us but like, why? Why give something a TV-MA rating and have it censored like that? I reminded me of that Miley concert DVD that did the same thing. It’s unnecessary and making me think it’s going to uncensored. We’ve heard Ariana swear before so don’t censor it.

The fact that this entire docuseries seems like a half-assed rush job is the biggest downfall. Between the editing and some of the things they decided to do with it, I feel like Frankie edited for 50k followers, a pack of glitter, and 50 cents in iMovie. It’s less of the concert footage but more so on the overall product. Like the last episode, which covers the Manchester bombings, is just one rushed product.

Some of the performances aren’t the full songs. The parts about the bombings are just blocks of text letter before an emotional performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Like if they combined the two, it would have been some much better. Also would have added me or emotion to it. Reading that letter killed any emotion. I don’t if it was supposed to be like that or a last minute decision. I just wish they would have spent more time on the entire series.

Verdict

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” isn’t a bad docuseries at all. Again, I enjoyed it as a Ariana Grande fan. It allowed me to see what everyone was talking about when they discussing her tour. The rushed final product and the unneeded censorship on something that’s rated TV-MA is really what brought it down a little bit. I do recommend watching this. It does give you more insight on “Sweetener” and Ariana herself. All of the “Dangerous Woman Diaries” episodes is currently available on YouTube Premium, formerly YouTube Red. If you don’t have YouTube Premium, then one will released a week. Again, I do recommend checking it out. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Is ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ the rebirth of Ariana Grande?

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Welcome to the first edition of Popspiracy theories. It’s where I break down/create pop culture conspiracy theories because I’m woke and I want all of you to be woke too. Today, let’s chat about how Ariana Grande’s newest song “No Tears Left Cry” is a musical representation of her rebirth. Keep in mind, this all happened in the canon of her music videos.

I bet you are wondering when did Ariana “die.” In her video for “One Last Time,” it was the end of the world. When she “died” in the arms of her boyfriend as a comet was heading towards earth. We never fully know what happened due to the footage cutting out. We assume that she and her boyfriend, let’s call him Robbie, just died. Technically, they did. Or at least, that’s what one would assume. The comet did hit but Ariana Grande survived. Robbie sacrificed himself to save her…well, part of her. The comet split Ariana into three different personalities: Cat Valentine, “Dangerous Woman,” and Ariana Grande.

The three faces of Ariana Grande

The “Dangerous Woman” persona

Cat Valentine was the original persona that did everything from “Put Your Hearts Up” until “One Last Time.” That persona was that died with Robbie during the events of “One Last Time.” The Ariana Grande persona briefly appeared in the video for “Focus” but wasn’t seen until the events of “No Tears Left to Cry.” Her “Dangerous Woman” persona was the one carrying on her career during the era of the same. That would be the singles “Dangerous Woman” to “Everyday.” While the “Dangerous Woman” persona was in the public eye from March 2016 until June 2017, the true Ariana Grande was hospitalized secretly due being unable to survive without her the other two-thirds. She was comatose state. “Dangerous Woman” was more like an outta body experience for Ariana Grande. While it was fully Ariana Grande, it wasn’t the side that most would have seen due to Ariana didn’t really let her come out to play before this.

The rebirth of Ariana Grande

The new Ariana Grande

The video for “No Tears Left to Cry” is actually her the rebirth. If you look at the entire video with the rest of her videography, there are key things from each of her personas helping her come back to life. The true Ariana Grande persona’s world is twisted with memories from all three personas. Hence why the world in “No Tears Left to Cry” was all wonky and looks like a hot mess to a someone not living it in. The video is all in her mind. It wasn’t until Ariana fell into the room with all the lights that she regained consciousness and became fully herself again. She was woken.

Outside of the Lightroom and the room where she literally walking all over the walls, she’s wearing all white. White is seen as a blank canvas. This gave her a clean slate look to her through the video. So Ariana Grande wearing white is her starting over and getting a fresh start. As the video goes on, the sun begins the shine before it’s full-out at the end of the video. This is signaling that she is fully Ariana Grande and no longer just three personas. She’s her true happy self, ready to take on the world. This is also confirmed by her taking off a face and placing in between two other faces. Those faces represent the three personas that the comet from “One Last Time” split her into. She’s not forgetting her past but rather just not letting it control her now. “No Tears Left to Cry” is Ariana returning to normalcy finally after the horrific life altering events that she went through during “One Last Time.”

Where are the clues?

Here are the nods to the other two personas that happened the during the video. I literally watched all the music videos to make sure I didn’t miss anything:

  • The castle/building that Ariana is in at the start of the video is the same from “Right There” video
  • The city is the same city from “Baby I”
  • Ariana on the stairwell floating above it is similar to her floating in the “Break Free” video.
  • Her dress on the stairwell is similar to the one she was wearing in the “Focus” video.
  • Ariana and her dancing with umbrellas are similar to the dancing in the “Put Your Hearts Up” video.
  • The closeup shots of Ariana singing while falling are similar to the shots in the video for “The Way.”
  • The room that Ariana is in with the three mask is the same room from “Love Me Harder” video.
  • The lineup of Ariana Grande singing in between her dancers is a similar setup as in the video for “Problems.”
  • While the jacket isn’t the same color, it’s similar to the one worn in the “Everyday” video.

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Ariana releases ‘Everyday’ video

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Today, Ariana Grande released her latest video for her single “Everyday.” It’s a lot to talk about because it’s a lot not to get unless you think about it.

“Everyday” features rapper Future in it and talks about how her boyfriend is given her that good shit that makes her not quit. It’s pretty much a much better version of what Fifty Shades of Grey wants to be. She’s thinking about the sex her and her man is having. Or she’s thinking about her love affair with oversized puffy jackets. Literally, what is her obsession with them. They are obviously too big for her if she can’t even have them cover her shoulders. The 90s called and they want their oversized coat back.

Anyways, the video is pretty much Ariana watching people get it on as the public either stares or just looked on in disgust. These people are all shapes, sizes, races, age, and gender. Ariana is the only one in the entire video that is cheering these people on and isn’t looking like she is judging them. The video is showing that love doesn’t judge people and neither show we. A great message for today where we have to judge the person who uses the bathroom next to us.

Overall, the song is great and the music video is great for the message, but seems weird until the message clicks. That a good thing and a bad thing. It just depends on how one wants to see it. It’s good for the message but if it doesn’t click, then it just looks stupid.

Here’s the video for your ears to enjoy:

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The Princess becomes a Bad Bitch

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The time has come. This is the album that we all waited so long to hear. It’s time to review Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman” album.

This album is amazing. There’s no other way to state how good this album is. It’s blows all the other albums she has done out of the park. There isn’t a bad song on the album. There’s a few songs that aren’t the greatest thing in the world but they still aren’t bad. It’s one of the best things to come out so far this year musically.

Even the bonus track, which don’t tend to be any good, are actually rather good. In fact, they flow of the entire is rather good. The tempo doesn’t seem to jump around and all the songs  blend into each other well.

Overall, the song is pretty much a classic. I recommend this album if you are looking for a quality album to listen to in the pop/r&B genre because it’s an amazing album.

These are a few our faves from the album: Greedy, Bad Decisions, Into You, Focus, Moonlight, Leave me Lonely.

Here’s the album for your listening pleasure:

Are you going to grab your copy of Dangerous Woman? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below or tweet us @Steven_Kaufman