Ariana Grande has just released a music video for her latest single, “The Light is Coming.”
The stylish video features cuts of Grande and Nicki Minaj dancing in a dark forest. Following Minaj’s opening rap, Grande enters the frame with a bright, glowing orb in her hands that guides her way through the wilderness. Soon after, the forest transforms into a neon playground with plenty of lit-up balloons.
Apart from the bizarre video, the song also features peculiar lyrics that play repeatedly in the background. “You wouldn’t let anybody speak, but instead—” a male voice rings through the Pharrell Williams-produced track.
Turns out, the quote was taken from an archived CNN clip from 2009, which depicts Senator Arlen Specter’s encounter with an enraged member of the public during a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania.
The single and visuals are released ahead of Grande’s forthcoming album, Sweetener, due August 17. Watch Ari’s latest video here:
And watch the heated argument that inspired the lyrics here: