Ariana Grande’s new ‘Break Free’ music video is a trippy sci-fi romp

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“What you are about to witness is scientifically authentic. It is just one step ahead of present day reality and two steps ahead of present day sexiness. Brace yourself for something so fantastically fantastical you’ll soil yourself from intergalactic excitement.”

And so begins the music video for Ariana Grande’s “Break Free,” produced by (and featuring) electronic artist Zedd. It’s a mishmash of campy science fiction like Flash Gordon (Ming the Merciless) and Barbarella (a zero gravity undressing scene), plus giant robots, lava pits, and oddly-placed rocket launchers (c.f. Katy Perry). It all culminates with a dance party on the helm of an escaping spaceship. The party, of course, is sponsored by Beats.

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