Ariana Grande talks Problem with Billboard

When Ariana Grande’s first album, “Yours Truly,” started at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last September, the 20-year-old singer became just the 15th female solo artist to guide their first full-length to a No. 1 debut on the albums chart. Grande tells Billboard that she celebrated that accomplishment for approximately one hour after it happened, and then began thinking about her next album.

“I’m a workaholic, and a perfectionist,” says Grande, who released “Problem,” the first single from her as-yet-untitled second album, on Sunday night (Apr. 27) after performing the Iggy Azalea-assisted track for the first time at the Radio Disney Music Awards. “It was a very exciting thing for me to all of a sudden have this new mission, to make something as special as ‘Yours Truly,’ and to put my time and effort into something new and something I want to make just as good, if not better.”

Grande believes that she hit that mark with her sophomore effort, due out in August or September: “I never thought I’d be able to say this, but I love this [album] five times as much as I love ‘Yours Truly.’ They’re different, but I love this one so much more.”

Co-written by Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, “Problem” employs a saxophone sample that immediately recalls recent hits like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” but the boisterous track also unchains Grande’s incredible voice, which spews out insecurities over an ex-flame with an anxious rapidity before hitting home on the high notes. Grande says that she originally didn’t want “Problem” to appear on her sophomore album, and after playing the song in a meeting with her label and management, she realized that she had another hit on her hands.

“‘Problem’ truly represents the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that’s gone sour — but you want to more than anything,” says Grande. The singer also cryptically confirms that the song is based on her still-evolving relationship with an ex: “In the song, it ends on a sappy, negative note, but in [real] life, we’re hoping it’s going to end on a positive one. I feel like it’s all very honest and human.”

After working with hip-hop artists like Mac Miller and Big Sean (who provides those whispered vocals on “Problem”) on “Yours Truly,” Grande decided to strengthen “Problem” with the help of Azalea, whom she met while attending Katy Perry’s MTV EMAs after-party last October. “I was a fan of hers from when she put ‘Work’ out,” says Grande of Azalea’s 2013 single. “I thought she was so sensible and down-to-earth and talented.”

While “Yours Truly” primarily showcased Grande’s powerful voice through new-school R&B songs, the singer says that her follow-up will be more expansive, with a wider list of collaborators. Electronic superstar Zedd worked on a track, which Grande says is “fantastic and super-experimental for me. I never thought I’d do an EDM song, but that was an eye-opening experience, and now all I want to do is dance.”

Martin and Kotecha oversaw “a lot” of the album, while Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Key Wayne and Thomas Brown all contributed to the full-length. Grande says of the legendary producer Rodney Jerkins, “We’ve done a song together that I think is my favorite song that I’ve ever done.”

When “Yours Truly’s” first single, “The Way,” started in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart upon its release last year, the song’s debut was seen as a surprise success for a Nickelodeon star who was relatively unknown to mainstream music fans at the time. One year later, pop fans were prepared for “Problem” — daily hashtags like #10DaysUntilProblem were trending worldwide on Twitter for the better part of two weeks prior to the song’s release.

“It warms my heart,” says Grande, who reads her Twitter mentions alongside her mother, crying and laughing at fans’ expressions of enthusiasm. “I feel like all the hard work has paid off, and the reactions make me feel like I’m doing my job right.”

Ariana Grande Calls the Fernando & Greg Show

Ariana Grande called the Fernando & Greg show on 99.7 NOW FM to speak to Fernando and Greg to share her newest single “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea.

WATCH the interview below!

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Ariana Grande Interviewed by Ryan Seacrest

After the official launch of “Problem” on iTunes, Ariana Grande was at 102.7 KIIS FM radio to join the program On Air with Ryan Seacrest, where she talked about her new single “Problem” her duet with Chris Brown, her celebrity crush Jim Carrey, and more!

Check out the photos + videos of the interview!

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PREMIERE: Ariana Grande – Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

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Ariana Grande’s song is finally here! Listen to her new single Problem now that it is finally released! The song is currently #1 in 40 countries and is in the top 10 in 60 countries. This is Ariana Grande’s biggest hit yet!

Buy ‘Problem’ on iTunes here!

Request ‘Problem’ to radio stations here!

LISTEN: Ariana Grande – Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

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Ariana Grande performs at the 2014 RDMAs

During the “Radio Disney Music Awards 2014” in Los Angeles, Ariana Grande attended the event. The singer was the first night of the show, performing for her new single“Problem”. Despite not winning any of the three categories that she was nominated for, Ariana Grande was honored with the award for Chart Topper.

Check out the videos + photos during the event!

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PREVIEWS – Ariana Grande – Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

Ariana Grande has been releasing many previews before the release date of Problem feat. Iggy Azalea. She will premiere Problem at the Radio Disney Music Awards on April 27th, where it will be on iTunes after the show. Here are all the previews and teasers released so far.

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Ariana Grande to premiere ‘Problem’ at the 2014 RDMAs

Ariana Grande is a TV star and rising musical artist with a whole lot of support within the industry, but just like everyone else, she has problems, too. On Wednesday (Apr. 16), the R&B songstress announced that her new single, “Problem,” will be unveiled during a performance at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Sunday, Apr. 27, and then hit iTunes hours later.

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“wanted to start the countdown at ten days but I’m too excited now let’s start today……. ‪#11DaysUntilProblem‬ ‪#toldyouitwassoon‬,” Grande posted on Twitter. Earlier this week, Chris Brown teased a collaboration with Grande, “Don’t Be Gone Too Long,” which could end up on his upcoming “X” album, while “Problem” will presumably be the lead single from Grande’s upcoming sophomore LP.

When asked on Twitter what “Problem” is about, Grande responded, “knowing U’d be better off w/o someone but u can’t resist them & need them no matter what.” So perhaps “Problem” is about the singer’s ex-boyfriend Jai Brooks, who accused Grande of cheating on him with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes last fall?

Also of note: Grande and rapper Iggy Azalea have been playing a game of Twitter footsie, teasing fans with “*cough cough*” “*nudge nudge*” action. Will Azalea show up to offer some lyrical solutions on “Problem”?

All questions will be revealed in 10 days when “Problem” drops. Grande’s debut album, “Yours Truly,” spawned the Top 10 hit “The Way” and started at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart last September.

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 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’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 shares info in a live chat

Ariana Grande did a livechat with the fans to apologize for the song Don’t Be Gone Too Long which will be delayed due to problems with Chris Brown ending up in jail. She has released some snippets of songs and chatted with the fans. Here are the highlights of the live chat.

Ariana Grande said she received terrible news this morning about the video for “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”, but everything would be fine and the video is beautiful.

Ariana Grande played the snippet of a song called “My Everything”, written by the same producers of Daydreamin ‘and Honeymoon Avenue, and she’s very excited about it.

She played two new songs without telling the title.

She also stated that soon we will have new regressive count.

The songs are not yet finished.

WATCH the live chat below!

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