R&B/pop princess Ariana Grande debuts a victorious new album for fans. Grande, whom is previously known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon show “Victorious,” released her second studio album “My Everything” on Aug. 25. Even though it was recently released, the album already has four songs on the Billboard Top 100 List. Three of the songs happen to be in the top 10 of the 100 songs on the chart. The album starts off with her singing pitches only Mariah Carey could compete with. Many critics claim that Grande is said to be the “young Mariah Carey” with her drastic pitch changes and octaves. When told about the comparisons critics were making about the two artists Grande responded, “I mean, it’s a huge compliment, but when you hear my entire album, you’ll see Mariah’s sounds much different than mine.”
As the intro to Grande’s album fades out, the song “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea comes on. The lyrics make the hit a “break-up and make-up” song but a more upbeat one: “I know you’re never gonna wake up, I gotta give up but it’s you. I know I shouldn’t ever call back or let you come back but it’s you.” Grande goes on to sing about how she has “one less problem” without the person, hence the title of the song. Another popular song on the album is, “Break Free,” which currently holds the number seven position on the Billboard Top 100 List. The radio hit features electronic music producer Zedd. A personal favorite of my own is track eight, titled “Break Your Heart Right Back.” Childish Gambino, famous rapper and comedian, is featured on the track. The song is actually a remix of the single “I’m Coming Out,” made popular by Diana Ross.
One of the last tracks on the record is called “Bang Bang” and is claimed by music bloggers to be the new “Lady Marmalade” of 2014. For those who didn’t listen to Christina Aguilera back when she was popular, it was a hit song in 2001 that featured Mya, Lil’ Kim, Pink and Missy Elliot. “Bang Bang,” is not short of female counterparts either, with artists like Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, it turns into the ultimate lady jam. The lyrics are just as rad as the song turned out to be, “She might’ve let you hold her hand in school, but I’mma show you how to graduate. No, I don’t need to hear you talk the talk, just come and show me what your momma gave.”
Out of 15 tracks on “My Everything,” Grande has three solid hit songs and some would say she is winning. Her album is projected to sell 150–200 thousand copies by the end of the opening week. I would rate her album a seven out of 10. Those who like R&B and Pop, should definitely give it a listen and be mainstream for a bit. The album shows promise. Even the songs that are not very popular are decent songs, just not as widely listened to as some of the others.. Looks like the 21-year-old Italian diva is trying to make a name for herself outside of Nickelodeon, watch out Mariah Carey.