Don’t call them Destiny’s Child.
It’s impossible for “Don’t Call Me Angel” — the new single by the diva trifecta of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey from the soundtrack to the upcoming “Charlie’s Angles” remake — to live up to “Independent Women,” the Destiny’s Child smash that served as the anthem for the 2000 “Angels” movie.
It’s no contest, really: Ariana, Miley and Lana do not get down like Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle.
But, “Don’t Call Me Angel,” which was dropped early Friday along with the song’s video, still has its own brand of femme fierceness. Starting with a twinkling hook, the song gives way to a thumping beat as Grande coos the chorus: “Boy, don’t call me angel/You ain’t got me right/Don’t call me angel/You can’t pay my price/Came from no heaven/Yeah, you heard me right . . . Even though you know we fly . . . Don’t call me angel.”
The chorus, though, sounds an awful like Rihanna’s 2015 hit “Bitch Better Have My Money.” RiRi may indeed want some money after hearing this.
Cyrus gets the first verse, kicking plenty of empowering attitude: “I make the money and I write the checks/So say my name with a little respect.” And after Grande takes the second verse, Del Rey does the bridge, bringing her sultry moodiness to lines such as “I fell from heaven, now I’m living like a devil.”
The sexy video looks like one long Victoria’s Secret ad, with Grande, Cyrus and Del Rey wearing wings and cavorting around a mansion. Cyrus has the most fun, continuing her recent return to bad-girl behavior by licking Grande’s face toward the end of the clip.
Then Elizabeth Banks — the director of the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, who also plays Bosley in the film — shows up at the end to break up all the frolicking. It all serves to ratchet up the anticipation for the movie — starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska — which hits theaters Nov. 15.
Two weeks before the flick arrives, the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack — co-executive-produced by Grande — drops on Nov. 1. So brace yourselves for more diva action.
By Chuck Arnold