Pop princesses come in all manner of packages. There's the feisty rebel type; the smiley showgirl; those brooding mistresses of gloom. And then there's the rarest breed of them all: the startling songbird. This is the talent that possesses a vocal range that can shatter glass at a thousand yards and make the hairs at the back of your neck stand on end. Ariana Grande has one of those voices that truly does stop you in your tracks. Long before millions of fans fell in love with the singer/actress as Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious, she began professionally pursuing her musical career at only eight-years old.
Ariana's debut album was finally released in August 2013. Yours Truly debuted at the top spot in the US and charted highly around the rest of the world; lead single "The Way" featuring Mac Miller scored Ariana her first Billboard Top 10 single. Across the album, she embraces influences as diverse as Mariah Carey and Imogen Heap, while cultivating her own style in the process. Grande describes the Platinum-certified collection's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the '90s, and the second half as being "very unique and very special" original material.