Ariana Grande to be honored at Music Biz Convention

Actress-turned-pop diva Ariana Grande will receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Music Business Association, formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, will present the award to recognize Grande’s achievements over the past year, including a No. 1 debut on the Billboard charts with her first album, Yours Truly, and a double-platinum, Top 10 single with “The Way,” featuring rapper Mac Miller.

Ariana is a multitalented entertainer, commanding both the microphone and the camera in her dual careers as a musician and actress,” said Music Biz president James Donio, “While Nickelodeon fans have known her for years from her roles on hit TV shows Victorious and Sam & Cat, she exploded into the music world this year with her stunning debut album. Our recognition just underscores her potential for even greater success in the years ahead.”

Previous recipients have included Emeli SandéNicki Minaj, John Legend and Carrie Underwood.

“Music has always been my first love, so receiving this award is a true honor for me,” said Grande. “I’ve been pursuing a career as a singer since I was eight, and it’s a great feeling to know that the industry has embraced me with open arms. I’d like to thank everyone at Music Biz and, of course, my fans, and I can’t wait to get back in the studio and do this all over again!”

Grande starred as aspiring artist Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious, then reprised the role on the spin-off Sam & Cat, winning Favorite TV Actress at the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards along with a Favorite TV Show win for the program itself. Her debut full-length album, Yours Truly, was released in August, entering the Billboard charts at No. 1 on the strength of hit single “The Way,” which was certified double platinum and reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. The album earned her the Favorite Breakout Artist award at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, and she was also named Best New Artist at the American Music Awards in 2013. In addition, she will compete for the Top New Artist trophy at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards. Grande is a ubiquitous presence on social media, with more than 14 million Twitter followers, 17 million Facebook likes, 9.5 million Instagram followers and 350 million combined YouTube and Vevo views.

Music Biz 2014 is set to run May 6-8 in Los Angeles. The Awards Luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award to Dee Snider, frontman of classic heavy metal band Twisted Sister, for his charitable work.

Ariana Grande’s announces new single ‘Problem’

Ariana Grande is ready to kick off the next chapter of her career. The pint-sized diva has announced “Problem” as the first single off her sophomore album.

She took to Twitter to reveal the title. “the first single is called #problem…… that’s all I can say for now, ” tweeted Ariana.

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Ariana is currently putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to her 2013 debut Yours Truly.

Expect greatness, according to her manager Scooter Braun. “Miss @arianagrande is coming with the new album and coming strong. New look and big records,” he tweeted. “This album is about to slap u in the face! Amazing.”

Ariana Grande invited to the White House for Easter

Ariana Grande has been invited to attend and perform at the White House again after her tremendous performances last time for the “Women of Soul” event.  This event is an annual charity to be held on April 21st for children of Washington, and it’s called “Easter Egg Roll”. The event will feature music, sports, cooking, storytelling and more activites. The event will be attended by Jim Carrey , the President Obama , Michelle Obama, Miss America and others!

*We will be putting up a livestream for you to watch during the event!

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Ariana Grande nominated in the Billboard Music Awards

After her release of Yours Truly, the star has been receiving a number of awards lately, and she’s at it again! Ariana Grande has been nominated in the 2014 Billboard Music Awards for Top New Artist. She is up against Bastille, Capital Cities, Lorde, and Passenger.

*There are no voting sessions for the BBMAs; the judges will decide on who will be the winner~

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Ariana Grande records song written by Harry Styles

Pop sensations Ariana Grande and Harry Styles have crossed paths!

Is there anything more exciting than some of our favorite pop idols coming together to create collaboration perfection?

Don’t worry, Directioners, Styles isn’t taking off on a solo career just yet. According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Styles has been busy penning new music — you know, somewhere in between debuting a new perfume, selling out a world tour and buying a home in sunny Los Angeles.

Along with a Swedish songwriter who also shares the writing credit, Styles is listed as a writer for a song whose title alone makes us swoon over the sweet choice of words: ‘A Little Bit of My Heart.’

Grande must have been taken by the British boy band member’s song as well, because she has since recorded ‘A Little Bit of My Heart’ and is now listed by ASCAP as its sole performer.

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Grande is no stranger to working with other artists, as seen by her acclaimed ‘Almost is Never Enough’ duet with ex-boyfriend Nathan Sykes, and her more recent but sadly delayed ‘Don’t Be Gone Too Long’ with Chris Brown. Do you think the Grande-Styles team will outshine the others?

Personally, we’re dying to hear what romantic lyrics Styles has packed into the tune and how Grande’s powerful voice will transform them.

Ariana Grande attends the 2014 Kids Choice Awards

Ariana Grande attended the 2014 Kids Choice Awards, including the Orange Carpet. She has won 2 KCAs: Favourite TV Actress,  and Favourite TV Show (Sam & Cat). Check out all the videos and photos during the amazing event!

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Ariana Grande denies plagiarism for The Way

Last year, Minder Music accused Ariana Grande of plagiarizing the song Troglodyte, recorded by The Jimmy Castor Bunch, and said they would sue the owner of the hit. The singer handed documents in federal court talking about what happened months after that.

Minder Music, British entity that has rights to the compositions and recordings of the band is suing “The Way” Ariana Grande, claiming that the song uses similar phrases “Troglodyte”: “What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into the team.”

But in new legal documents, Grande says she does not infinge NO copyright.

Although she admits that her song includes the phrase “What we gotta the right here is go back, back into the team,” the pop star denies he copied the letter.

Adding, she admits that she never asked permission to use parts of the song  “Troglodyte”  because she had no obligation on your part to do this.

She also countered the accusation of Minder saying they have rights over part of his music and that Minder can not process the sentence because it is not possible to recover picture in a basic sentence like this.

The pop star asked the judge to deny the request for a warrant that prevented the singer to sell the song and wants the lawsuit exonerated. She asks Minder pay for all costs of the proceedings.

See the document of this issue here.

“The Way” 1 year anniversary!

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It’s been officially one whole year since Ariana Grande released her hit single “The Way”! This song made history and she has achieved mainstream success with the song. She released the song on March 25, debuting it on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and 102.7 KIIS-FM. Here are the achievements of the song:

  • #buythewayonitunes trended #1 worldwide for a few days.
  • The single was #1 on iTunes in 8 hours.
  • The song was ceritified gold in Australia.
  • The song was certified PLATINUM in the US.
  • The Way sold 120k in 48 hours.
  • The Way sold 219k in a week!
  • “The Way” holds the second best-selling first-week sales figure of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie”.
  • “The Way” debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week ending in April 5, 2013, becoming Grande’s and Miller’s first Hot 100 top 10 hit.
  • The song reached 500,000 sold units on May 1, 2013
  • As of September 2013, the song has thus far sold 2,000,000 copies in the United States
  • “The Way” spent 26 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, all but two, being within the Top 40.
  • The music video has over 100M views and is VEVO Certified!

Buy “The Way” on iTunes here!

Watch “The Way”:

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Ariana Grande’s first single to be released in Spring

Many things has happened this week, and Ariana Grande and Scooter Braun went on Twitter to clear things up.  Scooter Braun tweeted the following:

Ariana Grande has explained more after tweeting this:

DBGTL will be delayed back, and will be released after the first single off her album, which will be out during the Spring time! We’ll be getting new music by then. Who’s excited?

Ariana Grande performs at the White House

Ariana Grande performed at the White House for the Women of Soul event. President Obama and the First Lady hosted “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul” in Washington, DC. Ariana Grande performed 2 songs: I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston, and Tattooed Heart, and another one with all the performers.

Check out the photos and videos of the event that night!

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I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston

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Tattooed Heart

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Ariana Grande in the soundtrack for The Giver

Ariana Grande might be in the soundtrack for the famous book, which will now be in a movie, The Giver. Her manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted the following:

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Also, last year in November, Ariana Grande and Scooter Braun talked about the movie.

If you haven’t read THE GIVER…u should. talking with my friend & producer @nssilver about @thegivermovie. One of my favorite books & blessed to now be associated to the film. #2014

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Ariana Grande then replied to his tweet saying:

@scooterbraun btw the giver is the best book.

Are you guys excited for new music? The movie hits theatres this August!

Ariana Grande to perform at the White House

First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul.

The lineup for Thursday’s concert includes Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge and Janelle Monae. Also performing will be Tessanne Chin, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.

The show will be streamed live Thursday night on the White House website and broadcast April 7th on PBS stations as “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House.”

It is designed to celebrate what the White House describes as great “foremothers” of American music, with songs exploring the struggles and achievements of women.

In connection with the concert, the White House will hold a workshop for students to learn about the history of women in soul.

Who’s excited to see Ariana Grande made another performance again?