Grande's star continues to rise
Ariana Grande is having some kind of year. She released her debut album "Yours Truly" at the tail end of summer in 2013, then watched it debut at number one on the Billboard 200. It made her the first female artist to have her debut record enter the chart in the top spot since 2010, and just the fifteenth female artist overall. So how do you top that? For Grande, the fun was just beginning.
The MTV Video Music Awards, "Dancing with the Stars," and the American Music Awards were just a few of the shows Grande swept through after the album dropped – picking up the award for New Artist of the Year for the latter. She also earned the distinction of being the most mentioned artist on Twitter that night, having been mentioned in 231,966 tweets. Critics, fans and celebrities have been hailing her tremendous vocal range ever since, and Grande's profile hasn't just gotten bigger – it has practically exploded.
In late March, Grande confirmed that she had completed her second studio album. The lead single, "Problem" (featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea) premiered at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards and sold 438,000 in its first week alone. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and landed at No. 1 on the First Official Singles Chart in the UK. The second single, "Break Free," then had the distinction of premiering on a special reunion broadcasting of MTV's "Total Request Live."
Grande's second studio album, "My Everything" was released on August 25 – one night after she cleaned up at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
Meet the newest Nickelodeon star turned pop sensation (Created August 30, 2013)
If you've been looking the other way you may have missed the rise of Ariana Grande, the young starlet who has successfully made the switch from in front of the camera to behind the mic.
Grande is the Nickelodeon star turned pop sensation of the moment, having played the role of Cat Valentine on the network's sitcom "Victorious," while also making appearances on "iCarly" and the spinoff "Sam & Cat." She originally moved for the opportunity from Baca Raton, Florida to Los Angeles and worked on the show alongside Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Gillies from 2010-2013.
Now 20 years old, Grande doesn't look her age and has a voice of someone twice her age. In March 2013 she released "My Way," a collaboration with rapper Mac Miller that has sold more than 1 million copies and has over 82 million hits on YouTube. The single also became a Top 40 hit, and received certifications of Platinum in the US and Gold in Australia. The follow-up, "Baby, I" was released on July 22, 2013.
Grande is set to release her debut studio album, "Yours Truly," on September 3. The album is said to be inspired by artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Madonna, the late Amy Winehouse and more. The project will feature 13 tracks, including a duet with Big Sean on the song "Right There." The up-and-coming songstress made her debut at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sunday, August 25 and is also opening several dates of Justin Bieber's "Believe Tour."
Ariana Grande Extends 'Honeymoon Tour'
Ariana Grande has been on the road for "The Honeymoon Tour" since February 26, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The 21-year-old singer has just announced an additional 40 tour dates, with Prince Royce on tap as opener. The current set of spring shows conclude on April 16 in Vancouver. The second leg…Read more
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