ARIANA GRANDE’s full-length debut album, YOURS TRULY [Republic Records], is available in stores everywhere and via all digital retailers. Upon release, the record hit the #1 spot on the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart, and has been dominating iTunes charts all over the globe this week. Yours Truly is shaping up to be the blockbuster pop event of 2013.
On the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart, the record debuted at #1 in over 35 countries worldwide—USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Hong Kong, to name few. Meanwhile, it opened at #2 in the UK and Top 5 in 20 other countries including Mexico, Norway, Ecuador, Chile, Portugal and more. 10 more territories including Belgium, Poland, and Costa Rica have seen it go Top 10.
To celebrate the release, the singer and actress appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, performing her platinum-selling smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller and the heartfelt ballad “Tattooed Heart” to a packed audience [Watch it here!]. Meanwhile, she also made an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael September 5 performing “Almost Is Never Enough” with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted. This morning, Ariana appeared on The Today Show again and will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight for a skit.
Critical acclaim continues to pour in for YOURS TRULY as well. US Weekly wrote, “[the] starlet is being heralded as the next Mariah Carey – and the lofty comparison isn’t that far off”, Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the most purely enjoyable albums of the year” and bestowed an A- rating upon it, and Elle extolled her as having the “vocal chops of a world-traveled diva”. Meanwhile, she’s been featured by Rolling Stone, Complex, Grammy.com, MTV, and many more.
Already, GRANDE has become a true pop phenomenon. The record’s first single “The Way”, featuring Mac Miller, is about to reach double platinum status. It initially debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and seized the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Songs Chart as soon as it was released. Meanwhile, the track also resonated immensely with the Latin audience. The single’s Spanish version climbed to #5 at Latin Radio, showing that she could not only bridge the generational gap but cultural barriers as well. Everything laid the groundwork for YOURS TRULY to actually reach #1 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #2 on the Overall Albums Chart based on pre-orders alone. The excitement for this record remains universally palpable and powerful.
In addition, she invited quite a few friends along for the ride. Big Sean slides through “Right There” with a breezy verse, heightening the track’s energy. Meanwhile, the ballad “Almost Is Never Enough” sees GRANDE and Nathan Sykes of The Wanted trade soaring vocal lines over swooping production. It’s an epic befitting of both the album and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack, where it first debuted. Then, she and multi-platinum international star Mika add their own twist to the Broadway classic “Popular Song”. Moreover, the album showcases a bevy of top-notch writers and producers including the legendary Babyface as well as Harmony [Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia].
YOURS TRULY illuminates every side of this dynamic young voice. Her flawless voice takes flight over the course of the album’s ten tracks, encompassing theatrical spirit, pop panache, and R&B soul. It’s the ultimate introduction to the ultimate 21st century diva.
After initially turning heads on Broadway, GRANDE rose to immense popularity starring as the beloved Cat Valentine, culminating in her own hit series Sam & Cat. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in June 2013 and is now a bona fide hit for the network. Singing and performing since the age of eight, music remains GRANDE’s first love.