There’s been a lot of talk about Ariana Grande as of late, and admittedly I don’t really “get it” because I don’t know who she is. But, in the spirit of journalistic integrity, I’ve just Googled her and discovered that she’s a 20-year-old Nickelodeon star that now has an album out with a hit single. I’ve just put said “hit single” – called ‘The Way’ on on YouTube and it’s… not awful. Mac Miller is in the video, though, and that IS awful. Drop him, Ariana.
Anyway, this is all to say that Ariana has been drawing so many comparisons to Mariah Carey, it’s not even funny. Of course, ‘The Way’ is VERY reminiscent of Mariah’s singles, what with the breathy vocals and the runs she does in the background and whatnot. But is she going to be the new Mariah or is she just impersonating her, and does speculation that she just might be bother her? Nah!
From Rolling Stone:
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.
Well, fair enough. I won’t be listening to the album, but let’s hope the rest of her tracks aren’t blatant impersonations. What do you make of her? If you are out of touch like me (I’m not, really, but I only listen to Radio 1 and she’s never played), here’s the song: