Review: Mika 'Popular Song' featuring Ariana Grande [Video Premiere]
Nerds, freaks and geeks team up in the video for Mika's fantastic new video for "Popular Song" to serve up a delicious brew of sweet revenge. After being harassed and bullied by schoolmates, Mika and Ariana Grande decide to organize a dinner party with an appropriately diabolical plan to turn the tables on the most popular kids of their class. The video's vivid storyline plays directly into the song's message about standing up against bullying and feeling empowered to make a change.
"Popular Song" is partly based on "Popular" from the musical Wicked that Mika skillfully incorporated into his own version. In a making-of series on YouTube, Mika explains that the song's original composer Stephen Schwartz came to his studio one day and listened to his second album. "Even though we never wrote together, I sent him an email after meeting to ask if I could play with ['Popular'] a little to change up its meaning," he explains. "I respect him as a songwriter and wanted to make sure he was okay with it."
Mika teamed with co-writer Priscillia Renea to create a song based on Schwartz's original that is inspired by his own story and his experience in school. "It's the only song on ['The Origin Of Love'] that deals with my childhood," he explains. Teenage superstar Ariana Grande cut new vocals for the single version of "Popular Song" late last year.
The song's lyrics describe in not-so subtle terms what it was like for Mika to turn from a misfit into the most popular kid of the class - so to say. "I never was a scholar/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." It's an important message about the profound effects of bullying that now comes with a playful yet meaningful new video that raises awareness about this issue we should all deeply care about.
April 29, 2013 | Permalink