2020 has been almost exclusively bad, except for the music.
And one of the best parts of this year in pop? The ample tag-team moments from our Queens of Pop, from “Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, to “WAP” with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion to “Prisoner” with Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa. But what would a year of femme-tastic collaborations be without a trio of Brazilian superstar bombshells to top it all off?
That’s right: mere days before Santa Claus comes sliding down our chimneys (in a mask, after quarantining for two weeks with the elves and reindeer and testing negative, obviously), and perfectly timed with The Great Conjunction, we’re being blessed with a big ol’ early present that’ll pair perfectly with the brand new PlayStation 5 he’s bringing: Luísa Sonza. Anitta. Pabllo Vittar.
Now, not since 2017’s “Sua Cara” have Anitta and Pabllo Vittar come together to bare their bundas and break the Internet, but if there were ever a time for a miraculous reunion moment between the two divas, it’s right about now.
“Modo Turbo,” which arrived on Monday (December 21), is Luísa’s first single from her forthcoming follow-up to 2019’s Pandora. And while the fierce and assertive banger is hot enough to work up a sweat in its own right as a song, this one’s really all about the accompanying music video, which is a gaymer’s paradise.
Inspired by RPGs like Final Fantasy and action series like Power Rangers, the Alaska-directed visual is basically heaven for nerds: it’s anime. It’s League of Legends. It’s Avengers. It’s K/DA. It’s Garena Free Fire, according to Anitta, which is what she’s playing lately. It’s Cardcaptor Sakura, according to Pabllo during a press conference.
But even if you aren’t a total geek foaming at the mouth at the various references in their outfits, the girls still deliver a good, gay ol’ time as part of the major CGI-pop spectacle. After happening upon an abandoned arcade, the three plug into a game of MODO TURBO and get really, really into the game – quite literally.
Once inside, they do everything they can to unite and take down the big boss: from Luísa’s throwing stars, to Pabllo’s magical wand energy, to the mighty, unmatched power of Anitta’s unstoppable ass. In the end, that sorta-cute, sorta-ugly giant monster is quite simply no match for Brazilian pop royalty. (It’s also kind of their very own Pepsi commercial moment.)
They won. GGEZ.
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