Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight against the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack.

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Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight against the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack.

The cover of 'Charlie's Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'.

The cover of 'Charlie's Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'.

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The cover of 'Charlie's Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'.

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Republic Records

The cover of 'Charlie's Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)'.

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When American singer Ariana Grande announced she would be executive producing the soundtrack for the new Charlie’s Angels movie, gays everywhere lost their minds — myself included. The lead single, “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”, was also revealed to be a collaboration between Grande, American singer Miley Cyrus, and American enchantress Lana Del Rey; and while this was a rather unexpected trio, the resulting hype would outshine that of the film, setting the bar very high for its soundtrack, which arrived in early November.

The Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, much like the parent film, is a reimagining of the world established by the original 1976 TV series and the McG-directed 2000 film and its sequel, and features songs from and inspired by the movie, including five brand new tracks from Ariana Grande, four songs featuring other artists, and two remixes — Gigamesh’s take on American disco legend Donna Summer’s 1979 hit “Bad Girls” and Black Caviar’s reinvention of the Charlie’s Angels theme — all centered around female empowerment.

This theme is reflected by the opening track and second single, “How It’s Done”, a funk and hip-hop-inspired feminist anthem about self-assurance and working hard that features vocals from American rapper Kash Doll, German pop diva Kim Petras, Swedish singer-songwriter ALMA, and English rap-reggae star Stefflon Don.

As pointed out by Genius, these artists are all somewhat underrated within their respective scenes, and this is a trend found across all the non-Ariana Grande tracks — “Eyes Off You” is a club-ready banger by British-German DJ duo M-22, British singer Arlissa, and American singer Kiana Ledé; “Pantera” is a sexy Latin bop by Brazilian singer and actress Anitta; and “Blackout” is an emotional ballad by American singer Danielle Bradbery. Grande’s decision to include these artists on the soundtrack was likely done to give them more exposure, something Petras said she was “grateful” for.

Speaking of Ariana Grande, she contributed four songs aside from, the now iconic, “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” to the soundtrack; “Bad to You” with rising American pop star Normani and Trinidadian rapper and singer Nicki Minaj, “Nobody” with the legendary American funk singer Chaka Khan, “How I Look on You”, and “Got Her Own” with American singer and rapper Victoria Monét; which all keep the same trap-inspired sound that first appeared on Grande’s record-breaking, fifth studio album, thank u, next, released earlier this year, with the exception of the more funk-inspired “Nobody”, likely due to the presence of Khan.

Expected to be even bigger than thank u, next, the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, as well as the movie, failed to live up to its hype and disappointed many fans. I believe the mixed reaction came as a result of people too heavily associating the soundtrack with Grande, expecting it to sound like a solo album rather than a soundtrack for a film, thus, making the Grande tracks seem lackluster in comparison to the non-Grande tracks, whose contributing artists shined bright, which was likely the original intention: To feature a diverse cast of underrated artists who deserve more attention, with Grande throwing in a few tracks of her own here and there for added flavor, but unfortunately, this concept did not land with the GP.

Regardless of the disconnect between its intention and reaction, the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4NBuascXb3uK0mFUYuJ63f?si=XoewbmqQSLOOGkBjtQyAew

Watch the music video for “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leopt__ATR0

Grande, Cyrus, and Del Rey in the music video for “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)”.