The year is 1813. The setting? Regency London. A debutante, the eldest daughter in her family, comes to a ball who looks shiny and is looking for a suitor. In order to really get the soiree into full swing, a string quartet begins to play, which calls on all those authorized at the Queen’s court to join forces and take to the dance floor. The melody? Why, Ariana Grande‘s “thank you, next” of course.
Such is the world of Bridgerton.
The gorgeous new Netflix series created by Chris Van Dusen and executive produced by Shonda Rhimeshas taken viewers by storm since its release in late December. According to the streaming service, the show is expected to be seen by 63 million households in the first 28 days of its release – each of whom are sure to be delighted with the romance, intrigue and, yes, the strangely familiar music.
But how did an early 19th century series come to have such a modern sound that included melodies made popular by Grande? Taylor Swift and more pop stars of the 21st century? And why?
To destroy the show’s soundscape, E! News spoke to the music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas and composer Kris BowersBoth played a major role in bringing Van Dusen’s listening vision to life.