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Ariana Grande’s Soaring New Ballad Takes a Surprisingly Funny Turn

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Ariana GrandeTrae Patton/NBC

Earlier this week, Ariana Grande teased her new song “Just Look Up” with Kid Cudi, from the upcoming Netflix movie Don’t Look Up. Now the song is finally here to listen to, and it takes an unexpected turn that’s sure to give you a giggle.


Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi Release New Song ‘Just Look Up’

Don’t Look Up is about two astronomers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) who try to warn the world about an oncoming comet. Grande and Kid Cudi (whose real name is Scott Mescudi) appear in the movie as pop star Riley Bina and DJ Chello.

“Just Look Up,” which Grande sings in the film, starts out as a pretty straightforward ballad showing off Grande’s breathy vocals. The chorus sounds like something out of a Disney movie, as Grande sings, “Just look up / There is no place to hide / True love doesn’t die / It holds on tight and never lets you go.”

After a rap interlude from Kid Cudi, the song takes on a very different tone. If you’ve watched the trailers for Don’t Look Up, you’ll know that it’s a comedy. So it makes sense that the song’s lyrics just get funnier and funnier as Grande’s character warns of an impending disaster.


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The Song’s Lyrics Get Funnier as It Goes On

“What he’s really trying to say,” Grande sings after Kid Cudi’s rap, “Is get your head out of your ass / And listen to the goddamn qualified scientists.” She soon launches into another version of the chorus, in which she tells people that they’re “about to die soon, everybody.”

Even though the song is specifically about a world-ending comet, it could actually be applied to a lot of current real-life situations. Interestingly, many of the YouTube comments are focused on Ariana Grande’s vocals, while ignoring the song’s funny and fitting lyrics. It makes you wonder if everyone listened all the way through, which is actually pretty appropriate for the themes of the song.


You can watch Don’t Look Up on Netflix starting December 24, with a limited theatrical release starting December 10.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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