SINGLE REVIEW: Ariana Grande feat. Social House – Boyfriend

Ariana Grande doesn’t stop working and that’s a fact. In-between releasing two albums in the space of 6 months as well as kicking off a world tour and headlining some huge music festivals, Grande has made herself a force to be reckoned with. 

Adding a new song to that growing list, Grande teams up with regular collaboration duo Social House who are currently opening for her on her ‘Sweetener World Tour’ for the understated ‘Boyfriend’. 

Soaked in R&B production, this song doesn’t stray too far away melodically from the material her last two records explored. But if we’re being completely honest, it just sounds like a b-side that didn’t make it onto ‘Thank U, Next’. It also sounds like the younger sister of’ Break Up With your Boyfriend, I’m Bored’ which wasn’t allowed to go out in February but has finally gotten permission to finally go out in August. 

It’s a bit of an underwhelming pop moment for Grande and with her huge social and chart influence, I expected a bigger impact upon it’s arrival. But with minimal chatter or excitement, this song may just fall under the radar and break her chart supreme. 

Lyrically the song reflects on the current trend of people wanting to be with someone but not wanting to make it official and put a label on it. It’s a typical exploration of how the dating landscape is evolving and changing because of social media and trends. “You ain’t my boyfriend And I ain’t your girlfriend But you don’t want me to see nobody else and I don’t want you to see nobody” she croons during the chorus.

Throughout the whole duration of the song I couldn’t help but just want to yell at all three at them to grow up and find some maturity to commit and have open communication. It just seems a bit of an unfortunate topic for Grande to sing about when she could be creating so much more of an impact in her career in different ways. 

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