"Problem" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The song was released by Republic Records on April 28, 2014, as the lead single from Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014). The song was written by Grande, Azalea, Savan Kotecha, Ilya and Max Martin and the latter two co-produced it with Shellback. "Problem" is an uptempo dance-pop and R&B song which comprises a melody based on drums, saxophone loops, and trumpets. The chorus features uncredited background vocals from American hip hop artist Big Sean. Lyrically, Grande has stated that the song is about "the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that's gone sour – but you want to more than anything."
"Problem" received acclaim from music critics; many appreciated its overall production for its inclusion of a saxophone loop, while others praised the song's throwback sound and '90s influence. The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 selling 438,000 copies in its first week on sale, earning Grande her biggest digital song sales week ever. The song later peaked at number two, surpassing "The Way" as her biggest hit single in the United States. It also became Azalea's second-highest charting single in the US, after her own single "Fancy". "Problem" remained in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first sixteen weeks of its chart run, making its number three debut on May 7, 2014 and dropping out of the top ten on August 27, 2014. The single performed well internationally, debuting at the top of the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom and peaking within the top ten of the charts in most other territories, including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Greece. "Problem" also made British chart history upon its debut as the first song to top the charts in Britain based on both sales and streaming. It also topped the Billboard Pop and Rhythmic Songs airplay charts.
To promote the song, Grande performed it first at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, followed by the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The song's accompanying music video was filmed the following day after its release with Nev Todorovic as the director and premiered on VEVO on May 30, 2014. The single has been certified quintuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The music video won "Best Pop Video" at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and the song itself won "Best Song" at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. It is one of the best-selling singles worldwide. File Hashes