Release Date: Sept. 3
Label: Republic Records
Ariana Grande’s debut album for Republic Records, “Yours Truly,” is already the home of two Top 40 hits, as “Baby I,” the follow-up to her debut single “The Way,” debuted at No. 21 on the Hot 100 and “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, peaked at No. 9 on the chart. But Grande was a star before she released her single “The Way” last spring. The co-star of Nickelodeon’s hit series “Victorious” had accrued 5.4 million Twitter followers and 2.6 million Facebook fans by the time the Mac Miller-assisted single hit iTunes on March 26.
“Yours Truly” strives for a mature R&B sound. The singer lists Whitney Houston, India.Arie and Destiny’s Child among her biggest musical influences, and “The Way,” has invited comparisons to Mariah Carey’s oeuvre thanks to Harmony Samuels’ feathery production and the sky-reaching melismas at its conclusion.
Grande, who just wrapped her first headlining tour, says she’s just happy to be playing live shows as herself while leaving her Nickelodeon alter ego, Cat Valentine, on the small screen. “I’ve been known for the past few years as a character,” she says, “and I wanted ‘Yours Truly’ to be my way of letting people get to know me as Ariana.”