Why An Ariana Grande-Produced Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack Looks Likely
Written By Raul Mencia & Drew Howard
Editor’s note: Pop Crave’s investigatory piece has been updated (6/26/19) following the confirmation of our theory that Grande, Cyrus and Del Rey have collaborated on a track for the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack.
It’s looking even more likely that Ariana Grande will be adding another credit onto her resume: executive producer.
Pop Crave has been collecting hints about the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack over the past month. Following much speculation over a possible collaboration between Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, the pop divas officially confirmed they will link up on a track for the film’s soundtrack in a series of tweets today.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 26, 2019
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 26, 2019
With the all-female power collaboration now officially announced, our theory that Grande will be executive producing the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack appears to be gaining traction.
While details around the film have been scarce, the Grande/Cyrus/Del Rey track provides more insight into what the soundtrack will look like than one might think. It’s important to keep in mind that star-studded soundtracks have become one of the go-to marketing efforts behind Hollywood blockbusters. Box office successes like ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and many more have reaped the rewards of high-profile singles that benefit both the production company and the artists behind the soundtrack.
Furthermore, such soundtracks tend to have an A-list artist who serves as the executive producer. Industry favorites like Kendrick Lamar (Black Panther), Jay-Z (The Great Gatsby), Lorde (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Jack Antonoff (Love, Simon) were enlisted to curate their respective soundtracks while doubling as a marketing draw for the film.
Now that Grande is confirmed to sing on the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack, all signs point to the singer being the A-list talent enlisted to help promote the film.
A closer look at Grande’s social media activity provides some clues that she will be curating the project. Last month, Ariana Grande explicitly revealed on Twitter that she’s been “working on a soundtrack” with producer Savan Kotecha. The singer went so far as to add an angel emoji in the post, too.
just writing when i can bc it feels good ! i’m not giving myself any deadlines … just expressing n challenging myself ? but … i love what i been making. so much.
but personal music aside, we been working on a soundtrack together @Savan_Kotecha ??✨ no more questions ☕️
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 4, 2019
Grande tagged Kotecha and producer Ilya Salmanzadeh in a separate Instagram hinting at a music project “not AG6 related.” The singer has collaborated with both music titans on sonic gems such as “Into You,” “no tears left to cry,” “God is a woman,” “breathin” & “Bang Bang” featuring Jessie J & Nicki Minaj.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 11, 2019
Following today’s news, Kotecha fueled rumors that he’ll be serving as a producer on the film’s soundtrack in this concise tweet:
— Savan Kotecha (@Savan_Kotecha) June 26, 2019
Another clue can be traced back to Grande’s close collaborator Hannah Lux Davis, who shot the music videos for “Love Me Harder,” “Focus,” “thank u, next,” “7 rings” & “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.” Instagram screenshots reveals the director is following the cryptic ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Instagram account, which gives us an idea that she will be direct a music video for Grande’s project.
If the Grande/Cyrus/Del Rey track is released as the lead single (which looks very likely), Grande’s larger role in the project is given even more credence considering recent industry trends. A-list executive producers such Lorde (“Yellow Flicker Beat”), Justin Timberlake (“Can’t Stop the Feeling”) and Kendrick Lamar (“All The Stars”) have all provided vocals on their respective soundtrack’s lead singles.
Grande serving as the executive producer on the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack feels like the perfect fit given her feminist values and empowering female anthems. The original show and subsequent 2000 reboot starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore & Lucy Liu has remained a pop culture emblem of female empowerment, and the 2019 remake with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott & Ella Balinska looks to be no different.
Which artists would you like to see featured on the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack? Let us know by tweeting us @PopCrave.