From Nickelodeon To the Billboard Hot 100 - Ariana Grande
I had been hearing the name "Ariana Grande" bandied about for some time, and it had been appearing on some Tumblr reposts I came across for quite some time, but it was only after I saw this video that I understood why:
Ariana has quite a voice! She does the "early noughties throwback pop" thing so well, (her music has been compared to the type of sound that people like J-Lo were putting out in the early 2000s), and the Brenda Russell sample, her intensely Mariah-like vocals and the collaboration with Mac Miller certainly helped to get her single into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It's going to be interesting to see what this former Victorious castmate does to stay relevant now that she has caught critics' attention.
She has already collaborated with Mika on Popular Song, and she does a cover of Emotions (one of my favourite Mariah Carey songs) that proves that she is talented, and singing seems to come to her as easily as breathing. (How else can you explain how she hits those impossibly high notes with a straight face, and while fixing her ponytail...?)