Last Saturday, a video of Ariana Grande and The Weeknd performing "Love Me Harder"(an acoustic version) popped up online, and it's seriously sexy. Like, seriously. It's also a wonderful showcase of both artists' impressive vocal talent. To be completely honest, I wasn't exactly sure that a stripped-down rendition of the electronic track would work, but Grande and The Weeknd's undeniable chemistry allows them to pull the whole thing off beautifully. Bravah!
In the simple black and white clip, Grande and The Weeknd sing their hit single backstage at an unknown venue, accompanied only by a single acoustic guitar. Grande looks totally at ease perched on top of a giant speaker, just wailing her little heart out. (Of course, she's rocking those silly cat ears again.) The Weeknd, on the other hand, delivers his parts of the song with his hands stuffed inside of his jacket pockets, exuding a sort of cool confidence. Believe me: the vocal flirtation between these two is REAL. Their performance offers listeners an entirely new way to experience a song that's dominated the airwaves for the past several weeks. It's great.
Check out the new acoustic version of "Love Me Harder" below.
"Love Me Harder" currently sits at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Could this fresh take propel the track to new heights? We'll just have to wait and see.