New Comer Ariana Grande Talks Debut Album, Mariah x Miley Cyrus With RollingStone
There’s no doubt that new comer Ariana Grande has some pipes on her, after witnessing her acapella performance of “Tattooed Heart” for DJ Enuff during her promo tour stop at Hot 97. Now the young new comer sit’s down with RollingStone to talk more in-depth about working on debut album “Yours Truly“, being vocally compared to Mariah and of course everyone’s favorite VMA performer, Miley Cyrus. Check out Highlights from the interview below.
Babyface’s ’90s R&B influence is heard throughout your debut. How was it working with him in the studio?
He watched over the project and supervised. He’s iconic and legendary, but I did most of the work with the Rascals. They were responsible for most of it and just did an incredible job and Harmony Samuels as well.
Harmony Samuels is largely responsible for the inclusion of interesting samples like Big Pun’s “Still Not a Player” on “The Way” and Lil Kim’s “Crush on You” on “Right There.” Do you remember the originals at all? It might have been before your time.
Of course! It was before my time a little bit, I was born in ’93, but I can still appreciate it. I wouldn’t have let him use the samples if they didn’t mean anything to me.
Your vocal style draws parallels often to Mariah Carey. Do you worry that such comparisons will overshadow you?
It’s a blessing to get the comparison. When you look at “The Way” it’s obvious, but I’m not worried about it. It’s a massive compliment; she’s the greatest singer in the world, like literally, the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s an incredible compliment but it doesn’t worry me, because when you listen to my album as a whole, you get to know me.
You recently performed on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. I’m sure you caught Miley Cyrus’ infamous twerk performance.
She looked like she was having the time of her life. She’s happy. I’m happy. We’re both doing our different things. There’s nothing wrong with having fun. Nothing wrong. I think all the people who are saying mean things about it and who are judging, need to spend less time judging other people and more time worrying about how to have as much fun as she’s having in life right now.
You have great chemistry with Mac Miller on “The Way.” How did that collaboration come about?
Everybody on the record is a very close friend of mine. Mac Miller came about because I heard “The Way” and I was like, “Oh my gosh. This song is amazing. Malcolm, will you come be on this record with me?” and he was like, “Absolutely.” I went over to his house. I engineered the session. I recorded him rapping, while I was simultaneously baking cookies for him and that was that.
You’ve said that “Honeymoon Avenue” is your favorite song on the album. Why?
It strikes a chord with me. It’s been a part of my life for three years now and it’s come full circle. In the beginning, it sounded like an upbeat, Motown pop song and I was like “This song is really sad and it means a lot to me so we need to make it sound like the lyrical content.” Then we made it sound like what the song’s about. It’s even more special to me now. It gives me this weird, bittersweet feeling that almost makes me want to cry.
Check out the full interview on RollingStone.