Problem (song)

2014 song by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

"Problem" is a song by American recording artist Ariana Grande, featuring guest vocals from Australian recording artist Iggy Azalea. The song was released by Republic Records on April 28, 2014. It is the first single from Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014). The song first appeared at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It later peaked at number two on the chart. It sold 438,000 copies in its first week on sale. Lyrically, 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."[1]

Single by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
from the album My Everything
ReleasedApril 28, 2014 (2014-04-28)
StudioConway Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Wolf Cousins Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Santa Baby"
"Break Free"
Iggy Azalea singles chronology
Music video
"Problem" at YouTube

The song reached number one in the UK (where it became the first song to enter on top based on streaming alone). It also topped the charts in New Zealand and reached the top ten in nine other countries.[2]

The Recording Industry Assocation of America certified the song sextuple-platinum on June 15, 2015, for sales of over six million copies in the US alone.[3]

Music videoEdit

The video stars Grande and Azalea performing choreography with backup dancers against spiral backgrounds. Grande's then-boyfriend, rapper Big Sean, appears in the video. Sean also whispered the hook, "I got one less problem without you," throughout the song but is not credited. As of March 2018, the music video has surpassed one billion views on YouTube.


  1. Lipshutz, Jason. "Ariana Grande Talks 'Problem' Single & Second Album, Due Out August/September". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  2. Hung, Steffen. " - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem". Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  3. "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2018-03-13.

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