Ariana Grande talks “Sweetener” with Troye Sivan for PAPER Magazine

On August 23rd, Ariana and Troye Sivan had a conversation with PAPER Magazine totalk about Sweetener and their lives as musicians Check it out below!


PAPER: How do you view Sweetener in relation to 2016’s Dangerous Woman, which felt like such a liberated, sexually powerful, feminist album?

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman is a part of who I am, and of course, there’s a still a little bit of her in Sweetener, with “God Is a Woman,” and with “Borderline” — definitely with those two records. But this record is way more feel-good, and I wanted to make people feel really good when they listen to this. The thing that my friends say when they listen to this album is, “This feels like the girl we hang out with.” When they listen they’re like, “This is our friend.” You know what I mean?

Troye Sivan: Yeah, well, I want to just mention one specific song. The one… what’s it’s fucking called? It’s the one with all of the vocal layers [sings].

AG: “Get Well Soon”?

TS: Okay, so that shook me to my core. You did that one with Pharrell [Williams], right? And I had never heard you sing like something that… that I think is the most personal thing I’ve ever heard you sing. It just felt so real and… I don’t know, just like really really, really personal and down to earth.

AG: Really?

TS: I feel like that song is going to mean so much to so many people. And so, what do you think that shift to writing something as personal as that means? Did you have more of a hand in the writing room or was it with Pharrell? How did you arrive to something as vulnerable as that? Because that’s scary in a writing room to be that vulnerable.

AG: First of all, thank you and I love you so much with my whole heart. But overall, [Pharrell] kind of forced it out of me, because I was in a really bad place mentally. I’ve always had anxiety, I’ve had anxiety for years. But when I got home from tour it reached a very different, intense peak. It became physical and I was not going out at all, and I felt like I was outside my body. I’d have these spells every now and then where I felt like I was having déjà vu, but like 24/7 for three months at a time. It was really weird, and all that was on my mind. [Pharrell] was like, “You have to write about it. You need to make this into music and get this shit out, and I promise it will heal you.” And it definitely helped. It still took me a few weeks to feel better, but looking back at it now from a healthier place, it’s probably one of the most important songs I’ll ever write.

TS: Damn. Well, you should be so proud of that song. I feel like it punched me in the gut. As far as some of the other tracks, you went back and you worked with the whole Max [Martin] crew, like Savan Kotecha and everyone. Why? What attracted you to them? I know they’re like family, but what do you think makes them so good?

AG: They’re very different to me and we’ve had a great history together. We’ve had a lot of really dope experiences together. And I knew that they would be down for the challenge of making songs for Sweetener. So when I finished up everything with Pharrell, and we had discovered this new delicious world that is Sweetener, I brought everything over to them and was like, “Yo, I would love to have you guys be a part of this, but it has to feel this fresh.” And we challenged each other. I think my favorite part about working with them is that they’re open to me being like, “Try this weird thing,” or, “Why don’t we modulate it,” or, “Try this weird ’90s chord progression that you probably haven’t played since ’98 Max Martin.”

TS: Right.

AG: But you know, I think them being so open and willing to experiment with me is what made this so special and kind of like, me being in the middle with Pharrell and two of the best producers in the world, who are both so successful in their own right, and seeing them, having both of them involved in my project is the craziest thing in the world to me. I feel like a princess. I feel like a true pop princess.

TS: It’s literally the coolest thing. I swear I’m not just saying this, but I feel like everything I’ve heard from the album feels really uniquely you. Like, there’s some like kooky stuff on there and then there’s like old stuff which is so good, and then the Pharrell stuff is so incredible.

AG: [Laughs] That’s so funny, you know me…

TS: Like “The Light Is Coming” is the kookiest song.

AG: It’s such a kooky song.

TS: And so are you! And I love that and I feel like I can feel that in the music. It’s like, I love albums where I can hear the artist’s perspective not only in the voice but… it’s just so unique. Like those ’90s chord progressions are so you in my head. Or like, “No Tears” to me, it’s a pop song with such perspective and again, not just vocally, but production-wise. it just really, really works, so well done.

AG: Yay! thank you.

PAPER: Ariana, do you think this record is more personal than anything you’ve released before?

AG: It’s definitely more personal. You know, I feel like Dangerous Woman was a grown-up My Everything, and this is a grown-up Yours Truly. And with all due respect to My Everything and Dangerous Woman, I feel like I played the game a lot on those two albums. I wanted to make dope records that would put me in a place where I could then make whatever the fuck I wanted. I kind of played the game a little bit. All my favorite songs from those two albums are not the singles, like they aren’t at all. Like literally.

TS: [Laughs] I need to play that game.

AG: [Laughs] I love you so much, no you don’t. You’re perfect, you’re killing it, you’re crushing it. But, I feel like this is a more grown up Yours Truly. If that makes sense. Whereas like…

TS: Totally.

AG: I don’t know if that makes any sense, am I insulting my own work? I don’t think so, because I really like it all. But this just feels closer to home, you know what I mean? It feels like now the mask is off, let’s talk.

TS: When people ask me about you, by the way I’m doing so much promo, and everyone just wants to know everything about you and —

AG: That’s so cute.

TS: And of course I always tell them that you’re incredible. But one thing that I always tell people is that you love your fans — like you’re obsessed with your fans. And it feels like you guys have a really special relationship and especially with your LGBTQ fans. And then when we hang out, I notice that your crew and everything, your family, who you keep around you feels really queer to me in a really cool way.

AG: They are!

TS: And I wanted to ask about your relationship with the LGBTQ community, like where that comes from, cause you get it. I don’t know, it just feels very genuine. Where did that come from? Is that because of Frankie [Grande] or have you always been like that? Is that from being in the theater.

AG: I don’t know! Because I’ve always been attracted to and I guess, brought joy by very gay things. I always have, even before I knew my brother was gay, and I thought — this is probably the most ridiculous thing you’ll ever hear — but there was a time in my life when I thought Frankie might be straight and during that time, my favorite movie was To Wong Foo, you know what I mean? I don’t know where it comes from, but the movies my mom played in the house when I was a little girl, or the music we listened to, or the artists my mom idolized… I grew up in a very eccentric, interesting household, and I guess it was super gay even before we knew Frankie was gay.

TS: Right.

AG: I mean when Frankie came out, everyone was like, “Okay, you wanna go to dinner?”

TS: What does it mean to you now, as far as your relationship with [the LGBTQ] community? All of my friends, who are almost all gay, are really obsessed with you. “Be Alright” was one of the gayest songs I’ve ever heard —

AG: Well thank you, it’s an honor and it makes me so happy. There’s nothing, I swear to god, honest to god, knock me out, I swear on my life, more rewarding than seeing sweet little gays in the audience moving along to my choreography, or a drag queen coming into my meet-and-greet with like a 40 pound ponytail and thigh-high boots. It’s the most fulfilling, like it makes my heart scream. It’s the best reward.

TS: I also want to touch on the thigh-high boots and the ponytail.

AG: You’re really good at this!

TS: [Laughs] Right, how good am I? So I was with you right before you did your British Vogue shoot, which is my favorite photoshoot of yours ever. And you were pretty nervous, why? Now that your fashion and your personal style has changed, do you feel more confident to mess around with stuff this time? Where are you at with personal style and fashion?

AG: I’m down to mess around and try on things. I love fashion, but I hate it. Like I think it’s really cool and really dope, but then as soon as someone’s trying to put me in something weird I’m like, “Alright relax, calm down, this is extra.” [Laughs] Like I have my things I love, I have my comfort zone. I think that fashion should be more of a self-expression thing as opposed to a trend thing. To me, when I feel really dope and I have an outfit on that makes me really happy that’s so much better.

TS: I also wanted to ask about Nicki Minaj. Because I have never met her, and I want to know what she’s like!

AG: She is my sister, and I have so much respect for that woman because she puts up with a lot of shit. And I think she is one of the greatest rappers of all time, male or female. It’s kind of wild that people still try to discredit her and question what she’s done and accomplished. Everything that she does is spectacular. You can’t listen to a Nicki Minaj verse and be like, “Eh.” You just can’t. She has a gift and she is a spectacular artist. But I think as a human being, there is the most beautiful soul underneath this really badass exterior. And it’s really an honor to know that girl, cause she’s really tight and I love her.

TS: She is so, so talented. I still know every single word to Pink Friday. I had a moment where I was really, really obsessed.

PAPER: Speaking of collaborations, what was it like collaborating on “Dance To This” off Troye’s new album, Bloom?

AG: Wait, can I start?

TS: Yeah, go for it.

AG: Okay cool. I am obsessed with you. I think you are everything that pop music needs and I think your stage presence and your voice and your aesthetic and literally everything about your artistry is so divine, and I have been the biggest fan of you since forever. When you asked me to be on “Dance To This,” before I’d even listened I was like, “I know it’s already going to be tight.” I was so excited and so honored. But artistry aside, you’re literally my favorite little bean. You’re the cutest. I wish we could hang out more, but you’re always doing promo and you’re never home for more than like three seconds. But I love you a lot, and that’s all. Okay bye.

TS: I feel like we’re literally doing wedding vows. That is so sweet, thank you so much.

AG: [Laughs] My bad.

TS: Obviously I feel like your voice speaks for itself, but musically it’s a no-brainer that I think that you’re literally a legend in the making and I feel like you have nothing to worried about, you’re going to be remembered for the rest of time. So that’s totally chill and cool and awesome. But the thing that gets me about — and I’m gonna stop speaking directly to you because I’m showering you with compliments and I’m sure it’s making you uncomfortable — the thing that gets me about Ariana Grande is that I feel like you are so real. I’ve had a really hard time — real talk — making friends in America, because I feel like people do things differently than in Australia. And I’ve had a hard time adjusting, and to me, you are one of the only people that I have met, where I feel like I get this girl, and she gets me. As a friend, I totally, totally cherish that and am so thankful to know you and so thankful that you’re on my song. And it’s just wild, it’s crazy.

AG: Wow! That’s so sweet.

TS: [Laughs] So I feel like literally we just got married.

AG: We did!

PAPER: Since you’re talking about the LGBTQ community, do you both feel like you’re connected to a movement of young people who are pushing for social change?

AG: I think both of us are. The thing that I think is so dope about Troye is that you say something. I feel like we’re both in a position where we don’t have to say shit, if we don’t want to really? We could just perform and entertain and that’s it, and take a bow, and on to Portugal or wherever. But you know, it’s really dope to see my friend not only killing it musically and on the stage, but also you make people feel so good and accepted, and you say something.

TS: With everything that’s going on in the world, I just feel like it’s more important than ever that — we can’t make political change necessarily, or anything like that, all we can really do as artists is make people feel heard and understood. I think that we’re both trying our very best to do that, and I know that you’re doing an incredible job of doing that and I’m just trying my best and I think that’s really, really important.

PAPER: Earlier, Ariana, you were saying how you previously played the game and Troye joked that he needs to do that too. What advice would you give Troye to achieve the level of success that you have?

AG: Oh god, I don’t know! That’s such a hard question, because I wouldn’t do anything any differently. I’m obsessed with your work, and you’re killing it. Like you’re doing all the promo, you’re going to be exhausted for the next two years, you’re going to be doing the whole thing and traveling everywhere, you’re not going to know what day it is, you’re not going to know where you are, and you’ll wake up in a strange country. Everything you’re doing right now is exactly what you should be doing. You’re making the best music you could possibly be making, you’re kind to your fans. People don’t realize how exhausting what Troye’s doing right now is. It’s what I did two years ago or three years ago when I put out My Everything and Yours Truly. Those first two album cycles might as well kill you. It’s pretty much as close to dead as you’ll ever be, and I think a lot of people don’t realize how tough it is.

So I think the fact that every time I FaceTime Troye and he’s not crying or having a mental breakdown speaks to how dope and resilient you are and how long you’re going to stick around. Because when I was you, doing what you’re doing right now, I didn’t know where I was, what day it was, just onto the next city. Like, I don’t know what I’m wearing today, I don’t know what version of “Problem” I’m singing today, but my ass is here and I’m tired, I don’t know when the last time I ate was. So I think you’re killing it and I think you’re doing everything perfectly. And I can’t wait for you to be home for more than 10 minutes at a time. It’s going to be really dope and we’re going to have a lot of fun.

What would you both do career-wise if you weren’t performers or musicians?

TS: I often thought that I would love to be a graphic designer, or I would want to be maybe a drugs and alcohol counselor.

AG: That’s so dope. I’m obsessed with you.

TS: What about you?

AG: My remaining two [dream Broadway roles] are Elfie in Wicked and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. But I think I would either be on Broadway or I’d be writing songs for other people or producing, doing vocal producing or vocal arranging. I love harmonies. But if it had to be nothing in music or entertainment whatsoever, I’d probably be running my mom’s company.

TS: Slay, yes. I want to ask about the move to New York! What’s that been like?

AG: It’s been really, really, really, really fun and I’m really happy. I think the people who are closest to me are blown away because everyday they see pictures of me walking around with my friends and using the front door and walking around New York City and smiling and I seem okay, and that’s really different. I’ve only been in hotels and venues for the past, I guess three or four years, or at my house. So, yeah that’s been crazy. It’s either house, studio, like there was one sushi restaurant I would go to in LA, and then I’ve been touring and in hotels for the past four years. So going out and not having any anxiety — well, less anxiety — but living closer to all my friends and being in love and having a new dope place and being close to my family… I love New York. I thought I hated New York, but I actually love it.

TS: Obviously, I’m personally bummed because I live in LA, and that means we don’t get to see each other as often but I come to New York like once a month so I’ll see you.

AG: Yeah, but you’re never home! So it doesn’t matter. We can have this conversation when you’re not on tour for like 70 years.

TS: [Laughs] Fair enough.

PAPER: Ariana, you’re now engaged, which is a huge life-change. Do you feel very different? How will this be reflected in your work?

AG: I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I guess the only way it would reflect in my work is like, when I write songs about [Pete]. I have an interlude in my album called “Pete Davidson” because I didn’t know what else to call it. I played it for Tyler, the Creator and he was like, “I guess that title makes sense because if I wrote a song about how much I loved waffles and syrup I’d call it ‘Waffles and Syrup.'” But I don’t think it’s gonna affect my work. He’s really supportive and just a positive thing all around in my life.

PAPER: Both of you are such sensations on the Internet. Do you follow all that madness?

AS: Not really, because I don’t want to see things that my fans didn’t make cause I get nervous. Sometimes I’ll scare myself when I see myself somewhere I’m not expecting to see myself. But some of them are really funny.

TS: Actually in general, you’re super caught up with Internet culture though. You’re so fucking funny online, I love it.

PAPER: Do you think that how you are on the Internet is the same as how you are in real life?

AG: It’s hard because I have to walk this line between being 100% myself and authentic with my fans, and being real, upfront and truthful with them. Because they, to me, are my friends, like I have grown up with them, I know their faces and names, I know stories about them, I know conversations we’ve had. And that’s a really real thing to me. I take our relationship super seriously and I cherish them. But also, I’m reminded all the time that everything I say will make waves, and people will make it into ridiculous stories and it’s kind of bullshit because I really want to be able to have that friendship with them. There are people who try to twist it, and then my fans get upset at that and it’s just this chain of things. I have to be careful, but I would say that what you see is what you get, I’m pretty honest, I’m pretty authentic. I try to keep it real, because who the fuck cares?

PAPER: Troye, is this giving you any ideas? Will this be a double wedding?

TS: Oh god no, not for another like 10 years. For the longest time I thought marriage wasn’t something for me, because I’m gay. And so it’s taking a second to readjust my mindset where it’s something that could happen one day.

PAPER: Ariana, might Troye be a flowergirl or a bridesmaid?

AG: Oh, I mean absolutely. Troye, you can choose your role. I would love for you to be a bridesmaid, though.

TS: Can I just say, Ariana’s birthday party was this very mellow, chill dinner that got so fucking crazy and lit that I think this wedding is going to be the craziest thing in the entire world, it’s going to be so much fun.

AG: [Laughs] At that restaurant and there were like four people…

TS: Oh my god, I’m going to get down with your mum.

AG: We literally turned this tiny Japanese restaurant that’s the size of a closet into a fucking bar mitzvah. Funniest shit in the world.

PAPER: Ariana, do you think you’ll be able to party at your wedding? Will you be worried that everything’s going right, or will you be able to have the best time of your life?

AG: Oh, I have no idea. All I know is that I’m happy with Pete, that’s all I really care about.

Source: PaperMag.com

Troye Sivan announces collaboration with Ariana Grande

On February 22nd, Troye Sivan announced that he and the Dangerous Woman herself have an upcoming collaboration. He spilled the tea in a recent interview on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.

 

The singer confirmed on his Twitter that he and his “pop queen” have a song coming out. Sivan gave no info as to whether it would be on his upcoming sophomore album, which is expected to drop this year.

Mac Miller talks making music with Ariana Grande in W Magazine interview

On April 22nd, an interview of Mac Miller with W Magazine has been released! He talks about how he worked with Ariana in the past with their collaborations.


It was his third time at Coachella, but his first as a performer, and with The Divine Feminine behind him, he was able to reflect on what’s transpired since its release. And while he is by nature candid, the beaming spotlight—intensified by girlfriend Ariana Grande—has made him more guarded than ever, as he contends with the increasing lack of privacy when it comes to certain aspects of his life, especially his sobriety or lack thereof, and his relationship with Grande. Here, he shares his current state of mind.

I don’t know if you google yourself, but other than Coachella news, there was a lot about you and Ariana [Grande] sharing a kiss on stage. I thought, Oh, they’re out there, open.

Yeah, it’s very chill. I don’t know, man. I think, we’re just chillin’. It’s whatever. That’s not the real world.

What made you want Ariana as the female vocalist for the first single, “My Favorite Part”?

That’s what I love hearing her on—simple, melodic things, where her voice is in the front of everything. After we did “The Way” so long ago, we never did a record, I never got her on anything. I made it, and I don’t know, it was kind of cosmic.

When I’m doing collaborations, I always try and think of what I would like to hear somebody on, whether it be their normal style of music or not. I would say, that might be of the things I could call my strengths, looking beyond what’s there.

Source: WMagazine.com

Bia talks opening up for Ariana Grande on the Dangerous Woman Tour with Billboard

On March 22nd, Bia had an interview with Billboard, as she talks about her upcoming tour with Ariana Grande, advice from Pharrell, and her collaboration with J Balvin at the South by Southwest 2017.

Interviewer: It was announced that you are doing some tour dates with Ariana Grande.

Bia: That is my girl. I love her so much and she is such a dope soul inside and out. She’s a beautiful person. I’m just honoured to be on her tour. It’s such an amazing show. She puts so much work in. She’s one of the most hardest working girls I know, so it’s just so amazing to see it. She actually brought me out during her set and performed a song off of my EP called Esta Noche.  Her fans know all of the words already. We haven’t put out the song yet!

Bryan Hearns talks designing Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour outfits

On February 6th, an interview by Billboard was posted as they interviewed Ariana’s outfit designer Bryan Hearns about how he made the Dangerous Woman tour outfits. Check it all below:


Bryan Hearns is no newbie to designing for celebs. The FIDM University alumnus stayed in Los Angeles after graduating in 2010 and linked up with Style PR’s Antonio Estebán, who acquainted Hearns with the many names he works with today. From Keke Palmer to Kylie Jenner to Selena Gomez, the 26-year-old has had no shortage of it-girls to dress in his eclectic designs.

The new year came with another challenge for Hearns: dressing Ariana Grande for her Dangerous Woman tour, which kicked off Thursday in Phoenix. Grande is no stranger to his work: She rocked Hearns’ designs on Billboard‘s August 2014 cover and donned a custom top by him at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. When Hearns was approached by Law Roach, Grande’s stylist, to develop her Dangerous Woman tour outfits, it was a match made in fashion heaven. Hearns discusses working with the pop star, his favorite look from the tour, and the difference between creating his beloved street style and designing performance wear.

What was the collaborative process like while creating Ariana’s tour looks?

I met with Law and we discussed the direction she wants to go in. She’s trying to do a different direction with her style, and this tour kind of encompasses all of that. It’s kind of street style — everything that’s happening now. So we had a meeting and went over the images and silhouettes that she likes.

What was it like working with Law?

It was awesome. He has a really good sense of direction. He lets you know if he likes something or not, but he also gives you your freedom to create what you want.

So were you given a lot of creative freedom for this tour?

Yeah. Most of the looks are my direct aesthetic, so I put my stamp on it. It was just a certain silhouette that she wanted and certain colors, and that’s how we met in the middle. We had a couple of looks that were in her silhouette, which is usually high-waisted bodysuits, shorts, skirts and crop tops. It’s very flattering on her so we have a lot of items in that shape.

What materials did you use?

Everything was a mixture of leather, denim, strappy fabrics (because there’s a lot of straps on everything) and hardware. We use a lot of sweatshirt fabric because everything is very relaxed-looking. It doesn’t have a lot going on in terms of the details.

What would be three words you’d use to describe the collection?

Confident, feminine and dangerous.

What is your favorite look from the tour collection?

I think my favorite one is going to be the white two-piece. It’s a crop top and a bodysuit skirt with a leather flap. She’s also wearing it with a big puffer jacket. It’s all white and it’s super crispy with thigh-high boots. It just looks really chic.

How long did it take to put all of these looks together?

It was pretty quick because I heard about the job maybe two and half weeks ago and we had to scramble and get everything ready to go. So we’ve been working all the way up to today, and the show’s in a couple of hours and we’re still getting last-minute things done.

Wow, that’s really intense. What’s it like to work under that kind of pressure?

It’s kind of stressful, but it’s also exciting because you have to problem-solve really quick. Sometimes you’ll get an idea that you wouldn’t have thought about if you had more time to think because sometimes when you have a lot time, you change your mind too much and then you’re not certain on exactly what you want.

What’s the difference between designing for Ariana and other people, like Keke Palmer or Kylie Jenner?

The difference is when I design for Ariana, it’s more like a custom idea — more for performance. And then for Keke and Kylie, it’s more for streetwear and things that they would wear when they’re walking around. And they tend to wear more from my collection. Ariana is more specific to her.

When it comes to the difference between performance wear and streetwear, what’s the big difference for you in terms of designing?

You have to keep in mind that they’re going to be moving around and dancing, and things have to last for awhile, so that’s what I have to think about. The other girls were more to look cool and it’s not as comfortable maybe as it would be to perform in.

What have you learned from this experience and how have you grown?

I’ve learned just to be patient and take whatever advice or direction someone’s trying to give you. Just problem-solve and go for it.

Source: Billboard.com

Little Mix talks touring with Ariana Grande on the Dangerous Woman Tour

On February 1st, WWD released an interview they had with Little Mix, who will be the opening act for Ariana’s Dangerous Woman World Tour. Check it out below:


Five years later, three albums and worldwide success, the quartet are setting their sights on the final frontier: breaking the U.S. market. From Thursday, they will join Ariana Grande on the road for her “Dangerous Woman” tour to promote their fourth studio album, “Glory Days.”

“We’re so grateful for every bit of success that we’ve got — our album went to number one for two weeks, and the single ‘Shout Out to My Ex’ went to number one for three weeks [in the U.K.], and it’s just been the most incredible year for us,” says Edwards, serving as a ringleader of sorts for the group’s interviews. “So I think that’s why now we feel more driven and more determined to come to America and have the same kind of success over here. On the Ariana Grande tour, it’s three whole months in America, so we’ll be able to work our little asses off and hope that it’ll do well.”

Breaking into the U.S. with a boost from Grande is a full-circle moment for Edwards, who introduced her bandmates to Grande’s YouTube videos back in days of “X Factor.” “Obsessed,” Edwards says of the pint-sized powerhouse. “I remember the first-ever studio session — this is an interesting fact — we had together as a group; we were sat in there, just like whatever, writing and recording, and I was like, ‘Guys, you have to check out this girl called Ariana Grande — she’s on Nickelodeon and stuff, and she puts covers on YouTube — please listen to her voice, it’s insane.’ And now she’s, like, one of the biggest stars in the world.”

Source: WWD.com

Jennifer Hudson talks future collaboration with Ariana Grande

Hairspray Live wasn’t the last time we’ll be hearing Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande singing together.

Hudson tells E! News they’re likely to cut a song together, as an article was posted on December 13th.

“We fell in love with each other so I think that will definitely happen,” the Oscar winner said yesterday while promoting her new movie Sing with the animated flick’s music producer Harvey Mason Jr. “I cannot wait.”

She gushed that her and Grande’s Hairspray Live duet “Come so Far (Got so Far to Go)” was one of her favorite collaborations. “I love her,” J-Hud said, adding, “It’s a feel-good record. You could feel our energy through it.”Mason said, “I think your voices go really well together…You really compliment her and I think she compliments you.”Hudson and Mason first worked together 10 years ago on Dreamgirls. JHud is opening to playing Effie againg. “I wouldn’t mind doing a one-night-only,” she said with a wink to the Dreamgirls song “One Night Only.” “Something like what we did with Hairspray Live. I think that would be amazing.”Dreamgirls Live? Yes, please!”Faith,” a Sing tune performed by Stevie Wonder and Grande, was nominated yesterday for a Golden Globe for original song. “It was so much fun. We had a great time,” Mason said of the movie, which is also up for best animated film. “It’s a great cast, great music [and a] great story.”

Source: EOnline.com

Harvey Fierstein on working with Ariana Grande in Hairspray Live!

On December 6th, Harvey Fierstein talked with Gay Times Magazine on working with Ariana Grande and donning the heels again for Hairspray Live.


Creator of the musical and starring as Edna Turnblad — mother of Tracy — in the NBC live broadcast, Harvey has moved from writing the story on page, to starring on Broadway, and now a live television show.

In the current issue of GT, we sat down with the King of gay theatre to find out how he prepares to bring Edna back to live once again.

“It’s more scary than exciting,” he giggles.

“I mean, it’s live television and I’ve never done that before. At my age, to take on something like this is HUGE! Holding together a performance during commercial breaks? I just don’t know about that. I guess I didn’t say ‘no’ because life is only as exciting as the times you say ‘yes’, right?”

But how has the lengthy rehearsal process with his American Music Award-winning co-star Ariana Grande been so far?

“She’s huge, but the whole cast is flipping awesome,” he smiles.

“We did some press which is when I properly met Ariana; she’s such a doll-and-a-half. We giggled and we laughed! We sat down to do a table reading, she sat next to me, and when she sang she blew me out of my chair — WOW! When it came to my time to sing, I said calmly, ‘You can all go for coffee now!’”

Source: GayTimes.co.uk

Nick Cannon talks Mariah Carey’s reaction to Ariana Grande

On October 24th, Nick Cannon was interviewed by Mike Adam on 96.5 AMP Radio to talk about Mariah Carey. He was asked about the comparisons between her and Ariana and Nick revealed what Mariah truly felt about her.

Mike Adam asked him if he witness Mariah reacted to young Ariana, and Nick actually admitted to being the one that first put Mariah on to Ariana. He showed her a video of Ms. Grande covering a Mariah Carey song, Emotions.

According to Nick Cannon, his then wife, MC didn’t diss Ariana Grande’s vocal skills, but she didn’t exactly praise them either. Listen to the interview below!

Ryan Tedder talks working with Stevie Wonder & Ariana Grande with Billboard

On September 29th, frontman and hitmaker Ryan Tedder, 37, opens up about working with Ariana and Stevie Wonder in a Billboard interview. Check it out below!

This has been a big year for you, but what was the highlight? 
The thing that I’m probably the most proud of, other than finishing our album, happened about five weeks ago with Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. I did a song, “Faith,” for them to sing for an upcoming [animated] movie called Sing. Stevie came in around 6 p.m., Ariana arrived at 10, and we stayed up until 3 in the morning and talked music for hours.

Britney Spears reacts to Ariana Grande’s SNL impression of her

Back in March, Grande hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during which she impersonated famous personalities’ singing voices. The sketch — mocking music streaming service Tidal — saw the 23-year-old singer take on Spears’ “…Baby One More Time,” as well as hits by Shakira, Rihanna, and global icons Celine Dion and Whitney Houston.

But during an interview with London’s KISS FM UK radio station this week, Britney Spears was asked about Ariana’s impression. After being played the recording of Grande’s impression, Brit gave some faint praise: “That’s funny,” she conceded. “That’s really funny, wow.” But when she was asked if she thought the rising pop star had done her justice, she ultimately admitted, “I’ve heard better.”

Listen to the interview below!

Mac Miller talks Ariana Grande on The Divine Feminine with Vogue

On September 27th, an interview with Mac Miller and Vogue has been released and he talks about Ariana Grande. Check out the excerpts where he gets asked about Ariana!


But the song that has gotten the most attention is the jazzy R&B track “My Favorite Part, ” in which Miller duets with Ariana Grande. A few weeks before the song came out, TMZ outed them as a couple with grainy photos of the two kissing on a dinner date. Grande recently made their relationship Instagram official with a post that has garnered more than 1 million likes. “A lot of people think it’s a whole album about her,” he said. “And I get it. It makes sense. But ‘My Favorite Part’ was actually one of the last songs we made [on the album].”

Though he’s quick to deny his new record is all about his burgeoning relationship with Grande, Miller spends most of our coffee date gushing like a man who’s head over heels. “I think a lot of times people just want to be cool, and to be in love is not cool,” he said. “But I think it’s the coolest. I think love is the coolest thing that there is.” Over four-shot espressos at The Smile, Miller opened up about The Divine Feminine, his newfound sobriety, Grande, and why he’s in the best place he’s ever been.

Did Ariana have any influence musically on the album?
A lot of people think it’s a whole album about her. And I get it. It makes sense. But “My Favorite Part” was one of the last songs we made. I had talked about doing a record with her for the album. We hadn’t talked in a really long time, and I bring her this song, and then we go to the studio and do her part. And then, after that. . . . we started spending more time together.

Her voice introduces the whole album, but who are the other women on the first track?
It’s [Ariana], and then Chloe Clancy, who’s my manager’s daughter, she’s now 9 and she’s been this symbol of innocence in my life that has been this guiding light. Whatever I do—because I’ve been in my own form of destruction—I have to keep it together for her. And the other voice is Kilo Kish, who is just such a creator and pure and an incredible soul. And her voice puts me in that place; she’s very cerebral to me. The album ends with my grandma finishing the whole thing with a true actual love story; a real one that I’ve cried listening to. When that came on, I was just sitting there bawling.

Is she psyched about being on the album?
She’s actually not. She’s embarrassed because she thinks that she talks for too long and it’s the cutest thing ever. She’s like, “I’ve ruined the whole album.” And I’m like, “No, you’re the best part.” I joke around and tell her she’s getting nominated for an American Music Award for Best Interlude.

Let’s talk about “My Favorite Part,” your song with Ariana. Did you write this song when you were together?
Obviously the emotion that we’re singing with is real. I’m big about things on music that I make being authentic. But the funny thing is that we made that song before we even got together. We were friends.

But there was obviously something there between the two of you.
Well yeah, obviously. It’s just interesting; all this stuff comes at a weird time, because I’m not trying to sit here and market my relationship, but I’m not trying to not talk about that song. That song is beautiful and it’s an aspect about my life. I’m still trying to figure out how to navigate [talking about my relationship]. It’s tricky. But as long as I’m honest, I’m good with it.

Did you write that song always with her in mind to sing it?
For sure.

So you had an agenda?
[Laughs.] The agenda wasn’t—I didn’t think this was going to happen.

Are you worried at all about all the attention your relationship with Ariana is getting?
My main thing is that my life is going to continue to be my life. I think that I’m not going to get involved in it. It’s there, cool. But we’re low-key. If we’re going to go to dinner, we’re going to go to dinner. And let the world speak, say whatever. That stuff is just its own thing. It’s different for me, but it has nothing to do with us, it’s its own separate thing.

Source: Vogue.com

Mac Miller talks working with Ariana Grande with Rolling Stone

On September 19th, an interview with Mac Miller by Rolling Stone was released, and he talks about working with girlfriend Ariana Grande who appeared on his album with Congratulations & My Favorite Part.

Last year, after moving into a Brooklyn apartment with his then-girlfriend, Miller began to delve into one of music’s most dissected topics: love. “It’s not just talking about trying to pursue a girl or talking about falling in love,” Miller, who is reportedly now dating longtime pal Ariana Grande, says of new album The Divine Feminine, a smooth and sexy affair, and undoubtedly his jazziest and most musically adventurous release yet. “It’s how it affects you and affects your life.”

What first began as a fun side project soon blossomed into a full-length effort. “I’m just balls deep in the whole creation process this time,” Miller says of his new LP, which features guest spots from the likes of Grande, Kendrick Lamar and, on his bouncy feel-good single “Dang!,” Anderson Paak. Miller, a longtime independent artist who signed a multi-million dollar deal in 2014 with Warner Bros., says he’s past the point of worrying about public perception. “I’ve realized I’m young as fuck,” the MC says in a conversation that touches on the expanding creative boundaries of hip-hop, learning to be his own boss and why Grande reminds him of Michael Jackson. “I don’t have to rush and scream to everyone, ‘Guys! I can do this!’ I would kill myself if I do the same thing for the rest of my life.”

You go way back with Ariana Grande: You appeared on her breakout single “The Way” and now she’s on “My Favorite Part.” It’s not as poppy a track as one might expect.
I reached out to her and said I wanted her to be a part of the album. It’s just like the whole thing with Kendrick: When you hear me and Kendrick are on a song, you think it’s gonna be Kendrick rapping. When you think me and Ariana on a song, you’re gonna think “Oh, this is like ‘The Way.’ It’s gonna be some big pop song.” But it’s not. Like I said, people are so much more capable and can do so much more than what their quote-unquote identity has them listed as. If you give her any canvas to paint on she’s going to paint a very beautiful picture. That was a song I felt like her voice would be awesome on and she killed it. She hits that Michael Jackson run and it’s like, “Oh!”

Source: RollingStone.com

Mac Miller reveals his relationship status with Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande called him ‘boo’ at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, confirming Mac Miller’s relationship with the singer. But when did it all start?

The rapper reached out to Grande when he thought she would be a great artist to feature on the track “My Favorite Part” on his fourth album The Divine Feminine (out Friday).

“I wrote that love song before I saw her. We’re very good friends first and foremost,” Miller told PEOPLE at the taping of the AT&T Audience Network Presents series on September 12. “We made that song and started becoming close again. It’s very dope and I like how that worked out.”

Miller, 24, and Grande, 23, had previously collaborated on her hit song “The Way”, so it wasn’t the first time they’d worked together, but in this session it was like no time had passed.

The two performed “My Favorite Part” at the weekly music series and their chemistry was fierce. At the end of the song, Grande shook Miller’s hand, as though to thank him jokingly for doing business with her, and walked off stage.

“Pleasure working with you,” he said, to which she replied: “I’ll be in touch.”

After the cameras stopped rolling, Grande went back on stage to put her hands on his shoulders and they shared a sweet moment. She cupped his face in her hands, leaned in and kissed him, at which point Miller kissed her right back.

The two love making music and spending as much time together as they can, so it makes sense that the relationship was a natural progression of their friendship.

“We hung out for a long time and everything just happened organically. We love making music together – we do that always. But she’s my best friend in the world.”

And Miller enjoys their time together on stage as well. “We’ve performed together a lot – when “The Way” came out, we did all the shows,” he said. “We’re both relaxed – we just have fun. And everybody gets an ‘awww’ moment.”

The “awww” really comes in when he describes Grande to others.

“She’s just very warm and comforting,” he said. “She’s very caring but, also, we have a lot of fun. We go on adventures. Adventures can be driving around in the car aimlessly. It’s great to be able to do nothing and be doing so much.”

Source: People.com

VIDEO: Britney Spears calls Ariana Grande & Selena Gomez inspirational

On August 29, Britney Spears had an interview with Zach Sang on the radio and was asked about the faces of this generation. She mentioned how Ariana Grande & Selena Gomez are inspiring to kids and teens nowadays. Check out the interview below!

Mac Miller talks collaboration with Ariana Grande in The Divine Feminine

On August 17th, Mac Miller had an interview with Milk Studios about his upcoming album The Divine Feminine, and he talks about collaborating with Ariana!

The Divine Feminine is the upcoming fourth studio album by American rapper Mac Miller. It is scheduled to be released on September 16, 2016

Check out the interview below:

So you just released a song with Anderson .Paak, you’ve got a song with Kendrick Lamar, and you’ve collaborated with a ton of other artists. Who was your favorite person to collaborate with on The Divine Feminine

There’s a song on there with Ariana [Grande] that’s really, really tight. I’m singing the whole time and the difference in both of us from when we were younger [in 2013] to now? We’ve both grown so much. [The song is] very vulnerable for me too because it’s me just singing, straight-up.

Was it intimidating to sing with her?

No, our voices sound really good [together]! She’s going to be an incredible singer [because] her voice can do anything. My voice? I emote very well and it’s very raw and real. It’s like, “Oh shit you can sing.” I’m self-conscious about it but it’s my favorite thing to do.

Just a week ago, the two artists surprised fans with the Into You Remix! This isn’t their only collaboration, as they teamed up together in Ariana’s first hit single The Way back in 2013. What do you guys think about another song by the two stars?

Source: Milk.xyz