Y'all just hate fun x2, except I'm WAY more upset this time! #94 ☁️ PINK CHAMPAGNE ☁️ Average: 5.821 Make it pop like pink champagne In the purple rain We're gonna paint paint paint the city We're gonna show off all our pretty. Pretty in pink champagne Let 'em know our names. Screamin' so loud They'll hear us in LA High: 10x2 (@DJHazey @WhatKindOfKylie? ) 9.5x1 (@savilizabeths) 9x3 (@Music Is Life @Laurence @chrismoyer) 8.25x1 (@BreatheBox) 8x5 (@japanbonustrack @AbCF15 @livefrommelbs @Laura Vanderbooben @happiestgirl) Low: 0x1 (@lemonsqueezyy) 1x1 (@Dangerous Maknae) 2x3 (@superultra @Serg. @daninternational) 3x6 (@Espeon @Holly Something @maikos87 @Robsolete @slaybellz @Petty Mayonnaise) Total Points: 425 My Score: 9.5/10 Today we (at least the high scorers and I) mourn the loss of the unreleased Ariana Grande classic that is 'Pink Champagne'. For us long term stans, this was part of the beginning. Ariana in her lower ponyrail, poofy dresses and heels dancing around outdoor stages performing a set of almost entirely unreleased songs. Before 'The Way', before the overwhelming fame and popularity. Ariana felt more real somehow. A normal (though privelleged) sweet, bubbly, healthy girl that her fans could relate to. She was always live streaming, answering her fans questions on Twitter and ask.fm (ew!!). Times were simpler. 'Pink Champagne' was a fan favourite song before it was ever properly released. Concert videos and snippets Ari had played in streams were devoured by her dedicated followers. In the end, in typical Ariana fashion, she leaked it as a gift to her fanbase. It's obvious why this was ultimately left off her debut, Yours Truly. It represents the original album concept. Younger, poppier, fresher, less soulful. It, like previously eliminated 'Put Your Hearts Up', sounds a little more Cat Valentine than Ariana Grande. A little more Nickelodean than Mariah. However, unlike 'Put Your Hearts Up' it just...works. It's joyful, it's more authentic, Likely, because Ari actually had a hand in writing and creating this one and she definitely sounds like she's having fun singing it. And while we're talking about singing, I absolutely ADORE her vocals on this. Ariana sounds exuberant and the happiness is contagious. The damn RANGE on this one is impressive, especially as she recorded this when she was seventeen. She is belting absolute fuck out of it was so much enthusiasm. Admittedly, her vocals towards the top of her register here are a tad strained sounding. They don't sound as effortless as they likely would now that she's older. It's definitely a vocal technique thing and an incredibly minor nitpick that doesn't even bother me. It's just something I notice as someone who pays a lot of attention to vocals after majoring in them. The harmonies really add a touch of signature Ariana. We know how much she loves adding as many harmonies as humanly possible! I love the delicate harmonised 'ooh's' in the pre-chorus. I love the sweet multiple layered vocals that take the places of the bridge. I LIVE FOR THE DAMN KEY CHANGE! Guys, strings and key changes are my weaknesses! This is such a euphoric moment in the song. It's like an exclaimation of fun and excitment, especially with her belted harmony over the top. She really goes for it and it fucking soars! How can this not make you want to dance? How did so many of you give this scores under a five? Is it the kinda garbage quality? Is it the slightly cheesy goodness? Do you have a toothache? Are you just too jaded to enjoy it? DO YOU ACTUALLY HATE FUN? 'Pink Champagne' deserved better, it really did. Did I think it was going to get better? You know what, I did! This charted below songs you lot have been calling for. Below 'Popular Song', below '7 GODDAMN RINGS'. Make it make sense, you guys. Make it make sense! I would like to welcome @Laurence to the high scorer section for once. It's nice to know you don't actually hate happiness, you just hate 'They Don't Know'. And @Espeon, I see you frequenting the low scorers tier. I trust you're enjoying the results so far. Since I'm specifically calling out members, I suppose it's time to move to commentary. I'll hand the mic first to @Holly Something (3) who just says: "Nope." Sigh. @Milotic (5) manages to make me think and make me hungry at the same time: It might just be the potato quality of the youtube video, but this wasn't that great. "It's weird, but she sounds like Demi Lovato in the verses to me." I actually.....kind of hear it. Damn. It's also been too long since I had any potato. Yum. @daninternational (2) makes a comparison to an artist I don't really like, so that's offensive: "Can tell it's old school. Trashy in a Katy Perry (aka bad) way." The main Katy song I think of when you say that is the horrific 'This is How We Do'. Poor Ariana. At least this song is actually fun. For once showing taste, @DJHazey (10) really loves a good Disney-like pop bop: "Blew me away when I heard it for the first time at the concert I went to in 2015. Spotify, wake up and add this please! Should've been on Yours Truly, so I could show you all she CAN hit the right spot for me in that era." I do not appreciate the Yours Truly drag. I take back the comment about you having taste. Moving on to @Petit nain des Îles (7) who is the second person to make a Cher Lloyd comparison in this rate: "Doesn't really sound like it would fit her albums, and more like something blasted on the radio a decade ago somehow. I like it, even if it's more Cher Lloyd than Ariana." While I understand this comparison more than comparing 'Put Your Hearts Up' to Cher, I still don't get it? What am I missing? This still feels too girly and wholesome for her. Someone explain! @RUNAWAY (6.5) remembers the good old days: "So completely dated. This was cute when we only had like 5 songs to listen to, but it’s not really something I’ll ever go back to nowadays." It's still cute. An underrated artifact from a simpler time. @chrismoyer is feeling nostalgic: "A lost classic! I wish this was released on all music platforms! This song is one of those nostalgic Ariana Grande songs that I (and a lot of people) just remember even from the title. I have so many memories with this being performed on the Honeymoon Tour, the nostalgia is unreal. And fun fact: Kesha wrote this song!" I am so jealous at how many times you've seen Ariana live, and I love you dropping some fun facts. The stan jumped out! Our last two comments. Lowest scorer @lemonsqueezyy (0) only has three words for us: "Useless, baseless, and faceless." Oof, harsh. You take that back! And I'll end on @pop3blow2 (7.75) who seems to have an issue with pink: "This video is so pink. It hurts my eyes. Oh, the song... yeah, it's fine. I think I'll remember the video burning my retinas more, though." This would probably be your reaction to me if we met up in real life. I have been known to dress head to toe in pink. Often. Most days. I have an aesthetic, oKAY? This is my first big loss of the rate and even though it couldn't have saved it, I wish I'd given it a 10 after writing all that so passionately. Goodbye 'Pink Champagne'. I will always love you. And apparently, for once, Dani stans too! @Dani: "Ohh this is that song. Okay. I like it, it's so cute and bubbly (yes, like pink champagne, shut up). It reminds me of like baby Ari and Cat Valentine and my gf and it's just a good bop. " SHE LIKES A SONG! She knows this literally because apparently I sing it a lot without realising. It makes me smile to see that it reminds her of me. Cute! See you next time when another Christmas song falls.