Ariana Grande “Hated” ‘Bang Bang’

Published: Monday 22nd Aug 2016 by Sam

As big hits go, few could match the size or impact of 2014’s ‘Bang Bang.’

Headlined by Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande, the collaboration scorched charts across the globe and dominated way beyond its summer release.

Interestingly, details surrounding the track’s creation has come to light and reveals that Grande initially “hated” the song.

Details below…

The tea was spilled by Wendy Goldstein, the Executive VP/Head of Urban A&R at the trio’s label Republic Records. Speaking in an interview with Billboard, she said:

“It’s very rare that you sit on something for a long time — two, three, four years — and pull it back out again. If I think a song is strong, I try to flip it really quick. The best example of that was ‘Bang Bang.’ It was written for Ariana [Grande]. She cut it, and she hated it. So I sent it to [Republic executive vp Rob Stevenson], got Jessie J on it and then sent it to Nicki Minaj. I made them finish the record anyway. And then I was scared to send it to Ari. So I sent it to [Republic Records *chairman/CEO] Monte Lipman and said, ‘Play this for Ariana.’ When she heard it, she was like, ‘I want it back.'” 


Fair play to Ariana, though. Many of the biggest hits in history have been disliked by the artists recording them. Classics such as ‘Un-Break My Heart’ and ‘Like A Virgin.’

Still, when the returns are as colossal as they are, it ends up being a win for all.

Stories like this really remind of the “business” side of showbiz.

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  1. HailLegendBeysus August 22, 2016

    Well that’s what happens when you’re a puppet to the music industry. Sounds like another puppet who hated her music. (Gulps Lemonade doused in HONEY ???)

  2. LISA LEVINE August 22, 2016

    This little snob. Its a shame she thinks shes in the same lane as Whitney & Mariah. Keep in mind at “HER” age, Mariah and Whitney both had Number 1 hits and Grammy Awards. This little girl from licking donuts to snatching fans phones and deleting pics is Rude and Unlikeable. She’s gonna end up like christina Aguilera whose career in music was over too soon. Get Your Nasty little Attitude Together Ariana Grande before your 15 mins is up

    • Grapejuice fan August 22, 2016

      I think it already is

  3. Missy Lou August 22, 2016

    Now the only difference between her and Mariah is that the songs that Mariah hates, she wrote them. Not a bunch of middle aged Swedish men!

  4. Indie August 22, 2016

    It’s nice to here that she has an opinion and won;t allow people to force her to do things she don;t want to, clearly she made the right decision cos the song as a collar works brilliantly

  5. john bieber August 22, 2016

    Well that sounds normal. Not every artists love the music they make, and she doesn’t strike me as someone who loves what they create. An adult making music for children for their career ovi can’t love the music

  6. MusicFan103 August 22, 2016

    I read this on the original article. Title is very click-baity.

    I read it as she liked the song after the featured guests, solo perhaps was bland to her.

    • Bloop August 22, 2016

      That’s exactly what I was thinking

  7. Del August 22, 2016

    That’s interesting that some artists don’t like some particular songs. Tina Turner didn’t like What’s Love Got To Do With It and it became her biggest solo hit. Whitney didn’t like Where Do Broken Hearts Go and it hit #1. Mariah didn’t like her #1 hit Someday. She still doesn’t like the original mix of the song, that’s why she included the live MTV Unplugged version of the song on her #1s to Infinity greatest hits CD last year. I remember Toni Braxton saying she thought Un-Break My Heart sounded like s Disney song when she first heard it. Chrisette Michele said when Ne-yo played Epiphany (I’m Leaving) for her he was all hyped, but after the song ended, she was sitting there wondering why he was so hyped because she thought the song was not good, lol. She said the song eventually grew on her.

    • Danzou August 22, 2016

      theres something about that. Theres something about an artist not liking their greatest hits. Michael didnt like billy jean but look where it got him. its crazy.

  8. Stephy August 22, 2016

    She’s not a real artist. Just a pop vocal puppet.

  9. Black power August 22, 2016

    Just like she hates america??? Kiii

  10. MUSICHEAD August 22, 2016

    Well I hated it too

  11. UMo August 22, 2016

    All she is is a quasi-better singing version of Rihanna. A bratty puppet who think she’s entitled to her petulant attitude, and is under some skewed perception that her annoying personality is cute.

    • Um. August 22, 2016

      ?? No you did not. Say what you will about Ariana’s attitude, I find her personality a turn off myself, but let’s not talk out of our necks now. I know you did not just call that girl a “quasi-better” singing version of Rihanna. As if it’s even possibly questionable on God’s green Earth how much more talented Ariana is, vocally. You just tried her life.

  12. lolhart August 22, 2016

    The song is hardly a classic as it is but a solo Ariana version would have been unbearable.

  13. Nowd Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi August 22, 2016

    Good for her there are some music that artists won’t like for themself

  14. JustMe August 22, 2016

    Should’ve just made it a Nicki song…

  15. Justafan August 22, 2016

    Please…she was clearly in need of a hit so of course she opted in.

  16. Nicole Slaysinger >>>> ci-error August 23, 2016

    Ari you’re not alone. I didn’t like it either.

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