Yours Truly (Ariana Grande album)

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Yours Truly
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ReleasedSeptember 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
RecordedAugust 2011 – June 2013
Studio
Genre
Length
  • 46:23
Label Republic
Producer
Ariana Grande chronology
Yours Truly
(2013)
Christmas Kisses
(2013)
Alternative cover
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"The Way" single artwork and Japanese standard edition cover; the Japanese deluxe/limited CD+DVD edition artwork features pink background. [1] [2]
Singles from Yours Truly
  1. "The Way"
    Released: March 25, 2013
  2. "Baby I"
    Released: July 22, 2013
  3. "Right There"
    Released: August 6, 2013

Yours Truly is the debut studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. It was released on September 3, 2013, by Republic Records. Incorporating R&B, Yours Truly was influenced by Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey, amongst Grande's other idols. Grande describes the album's first half as a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half being "very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. On the album, Grande co-wrote six out of the twelve tracks. Contribution by Harmony Samuels, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Patrick "J. Que" Smith and Victorious co-star Leon Thomas III, as well as others, handling the production on the album. Grande recorded a number of songs on this album over a three-year period. The collaborations are with Big Sean, Mika and Mac Miller, in addition to The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, who features on the song "Almost Is Never Enough" which was also included on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack. Occasionally, the album dips into other genres such as adult contemporary music and dance music.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Florida to a family of New York-Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13) and in its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14). Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

Republic Records record label, division of Universal Music Group

Republic Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before reverting to its original name in 2012.

Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.

Contents

Yours Truly was promoted with live renditions of the album's songs during The Listening Sessions tour. The album was preceded by the release of the lead single, "The Way", featuring American rapper Mac Miller, on March 25, 2013. It became a top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number nine. The second single, "Baby I", was released on July 22, 2013, and peaked just outside the top-twenty of the Billboard Hot 100 at number twenty-one. The third and final single "Right There", featuring Big Sean, was released on August 6, 2013, and peaked at number eighty-four on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Listening Sessions 2013 concert tour by Ariana Grande

The Listening Sessions was the debut concert tour by American singer and actress Ariana Grande. The tour supported Grande's debut studio album, Yours Truly, which was released September 3, 2013. The tour began on August 11, 2013 and concluded September 22, 2013 and showcased all of the material from Grande's debut studio album, with the exception of "Popular Song". The tour grossed $800,000 from 11 shows across North America. The tour was said to expand after the release of Yours Truly, but failed to materialize due to Grande's acting schedule and recording sessions for her second studio album, My Everything.

A lead single is the first single to be released from a studio album, by a musician or a band, usually before the album itself is released.

Mac Miller American rapper

Malcolm James McCormick, known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miller began his career in the city's hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of fifteen. In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based independent label Rostrum Records, with whom he had his breakthrough with the mixtapes K.I.D.S. (2010) and Best Day Ever (2011).

Yours Truly debuted atop the US Billboard 200 selling 138,000 copies in its opening week. Internationally, the album reached the top-ten position in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

ARIA Charts main Australian music sales charts

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report which had been Australia's national charts since 1974.

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

On March 22, 2016, it was certified platinum by the RIAA for album equivalents of over 1 million units in the US. It had sold 596,000 copies in the US as of April 2018. To promote the album, Grande embarked on her first headlining concert tour, The Listening Sessions.

Background and conception

"They can expect a lot of honesty. It's like a direct... you know, it's like it used to be pages from my diary, instead of keeping diary, I would write songs about what was happening in my life. So it's really personal. It's a Motown throwback and pop at the same time, so it's '50s and '60s inspiration mixed with today."

 — Grande, on the album. [3]

Yours Truly is the result of three years of work. [4] The project underwent significant conceptual and sonic changes throughout that time. Grande began working on the album in August 2010 while she was filming Victorious and formally started to work on it with a record label after she was signed to Republic Records on August 10, 2011. [5] [6] [7] By September 10 of that year, Grande already had twenty songs prepared and was going through the process of narrowing it down to thirteen. [8] The first single, a bubblegum pop song called "Put Your Hearts Up", was released on December 12, 2011. [9] The single was aimed at young audiences, perhaps intending to cater to Grande's core audience, which at that time was almost entirely made up by kids who knew her from Victorious. During an interview in June 2012, Grande described everything on the album as being "50s, 60s doo-wop-inspired" and revealed that two new singles were going to be released before the album, one of which was called "Do You Love Me?" and featured SkyBlu. [10] Other songs that Grande had rights to, named and later leaked as being part of the album included "Honeymoon Avenue", [11] "Voodoo Love", [12] "Pink Champagne", [13] "Boyfriend Material", [14] "Tattooed Heart", [15] "Daydreamin'" [16] and "You're My Only Shawty". [17] The latter never made it onto Yours Truly and was eventually given to Demi Lovato to record and include on her 2011 R&B-infused album Unbroken as "You're My Only Shorty". [18]

Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 to February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her older sister Trina's place in a showcase while getting into screwball situations on a daily basis. On her first day at Hollywood Arts, she meets Andre Harris, Robbie Shapiro, Rex Powers, Jade West, Cat Valentine, and Beck Oliver. The series premiered after the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards. The series won for Favorite TV Show award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards and 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, beating out iCarly. Victorious earned four Emmy nominations.

Bubblegum pop is a genre of pop music with an upbeat sound contrived and marketed to appeal to pre-teens and teenagers, which may be produced in an assembly-line process, driven by producers and often using unknown singers. Bubblegum's classic period ran from 1967 to 1972. A second wave of bubblegum began two years later and ran until 1977 when disco took over.

Put Your Hearts Up 2011 debut single by Ariana Grande

"Put Your Hearts Up" is the debut single by American singer Ariana Grande. She released the single under Republic Records on December 12, 2011. The song samples "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes.

In 2013, Grande met up with her label and expressed dissatisfaction with the direction the album was taking. In several interviews during 2013, she admitted to having completely disliked her debut single, "Put Your Hearts Up", and not having an interest in pursuing music of that genre. [19] She expressed a desire to make the type of music she grew up listening to, which was, "urban pop, 90s music." [20] Rapper Iggy Azalea turned down working on the album; she however did collaborate with Grande on her second album My Everything . [21] The album was originally titled Daydreamin and set to be released during August 2013. [22]

Iggy Azalea Australian rapper and model from New South Wales

Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known professionally as Iggy Azalea, is an Australian rapper, singer, songwriter and model. Azalea moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in music, and has since resided in Los Angeles. Her stage name comes from the name of her dog and the street she lived on. She earned public recognition after releasing music videos for her songs "Pu$$y" and "Two Times" on YouTube. In 2012 Azalea signed a recording contract with Grand Hustle Records, which is owned by American rapper T.I., after gaining attention from her first full-length project, a mixtape titled Ignorant Art.

<i>My Everything</i> (Ariana Grande album) 2014 studio album by Ariana Grande

My Everything is the second studio album by American singer and actress Ariana Grande, released on August 25, 2014 by Republic Records. Grande wanted My Everything to sound as "an evolution" from her debut album, Yours Truly (2013); it explores more mature themes and genres. In the album's production, Ariana worked with a host of producers – including Max Martin, Shellback, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Zedd, and David Guetta. Upon its release, the album debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 169,000 copies in its first week. It debuted at number one in Australia and Canada as well, and peaked in the top ten of twenty countries worldwide. As of April 2018, the album has sold 735,000 copies in the United States.

The album is inspired by a variety of different artists, ranging from Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. [3] Grande describes the album's first half is a "throwback" to the R&B music of the 1990s, and the second half is she describes as "something that is very unique and very special that I've sort of written" which is completely original. In summation of the record she stated: "So half of it is a throwback and like very familiar feeling, feel-good, and then half of it is something that I've created that's sort of special and unique and refreshing and wonderful and I love it". [23]

Composition

In terms of music, Yours Truly explores a "retro style" sound mixing 1990s pop and R&B, with certain songs incorporating influences from mid-'90s hip hop, '50s piano pop, and doo-wop. [25] Scott Interrante from PopMatters complimented the music presented in the album and noted that compositionally and production wise, "tropes of both styles are blended together effortlessly." [26] As he perceived, "erratic programmed drums support the rich harmonies and piano chords of the more doo-wop songs and the R&B tracks are infused with a wide-eyed optimism more associated with the ‘60s pop style." [26] Pitchfork's Andrew Ryce felt that Grande opted "for a 90s hip-hop soul vibe that awkwardly sits with the more doo-wop-indebted songwriting." [27]

The album opens with an orchestral intro that introduces the first track "Honeymoon Avenue", [28] a downtempo song composed in the key of F-sharp major and set in a 4
4
time signature at a moderate tempo of 63 beats per minute. [29] The song explores the 1950s musical style mixing doo-wop with an urban-inspired sound. [27] Lyrically, "Honeymoon Avenue" uses several metaphors to speaks about someone in a car being driven by her (romantic) partner. The driver is stuck to the same old route and driving mode that may make them crash. [30] In interview with MTV, Grande explained its lyrics saying that "Honeymoon Avenue" "is about knowing you are at the end of a relationship and wishing it could not be the end and go back to the beginning and start over." [31] The second track "Baby I" is drenched in a "retro sound" from 1990s R&B and pop sonority. [32] [30] Lyrically, "Baby I" is a confession on Grande's behalf admitting a special love for someone and how she can't formulate her strong feelings into words. [33] The elements of "Baby I" are further illustrated by its use of finger snaps, a syncopated beat, horns and drums. [33] [27]

The third track "Right There" features guest appearance by rapper Big Sean. Musically, "Right There" also incorporates the influences frein 1990s R&B and urban music, mixing "stabbing synths", [34] trap-inflected beat and a hip hop groove. [27] Reviewing the song, Jason Lipshutz from Billboard noted that "while Big Sean boasts about his sexual prowess, Grande flaunts her typically impressive melismas before ratcheting up the emotion for the finale." [30] The fourth track "Tattooed Heart" is a doo-wop song written in the key of G major with a tempo of 72 beats per minute in compound quadruple (12
8
) time
while Grande's vocals spans from D4 to F5. [35] "Piano" is built on a hand-clapped rhythm, pulsating beats and a piano loop. [36] [37]

Release and promotion

To promote her debut single "The Way", Grande visited various radio stations, including: Y-100 Miami, [38] 93.3 FM, [39] Z100, [40] KIIS-FM, [41] and 99–7 Now. [42] Grande performed "The Way" at several concerts produced for Top 40 radio stations, including KIIS-FM's Wango Tango concert on May 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, [43] 101.3 KDWB's Star Party concert on May 17 in Minneapolis, [44] Kiss 108's Kiss Concert 2013 event on May 18 in Boston, [45] 103.3 AMP Radio's Birthday Bash concert on June 30 also in Boston, [46] and Mix 93.3's Red White & Boom concert on July 5 in Kansas City. [47] Her first televised performance of the song was aired on May 29, 2013 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . [48]

On August 1, 2013, Grande revealed the official artwork for Yours Truly, which features her kneeling on a bed of roses in front of a pink background. Due to fan criticism, she quickly unveiled a new cover, which simply featured the singer standing beneath a spotlight in a black-and-white image. [49] On August 7, 2013, Grande revealed the official track listing via iTunes, and Republic Records made pre-orders for the album available. [50] A music video for "Almost Is Never Enough" a duet with The Wanted's Nathan Sykes premiered online on Vevo on August 19 to promote the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones . The track is featured on the film's official soundtrack. The album version of the track is two minutes longer and has been slightly altered. [51] It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 84. [52] "Popular Song" featuring Grande was released on 21 December 2012 as a single from Mika's third studio album, The Origin of Love . The album version of the song features vocals from the original songwriter, Priscilla Renea, and contains expletives. However, the single version removes Renea and replaces her with Grande, removing the expletives. [53] [54]

Grande performed "The Way" and "Baby I" at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards' Preshow on August 25, 2013. [55] The album was released five days later, [56] and Grande also performed "The Way" with Mac Miller on the Today Show along with "Tattooed Heart" on September 3, 2013, [57] [58] she also performed the latter at the 2013 Style Awards on September 4, 2013. [59] [60] Grande also made several other appearances throughout the week appearing on Live! with Kelly and Michael , The Today Show and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon , where she performing an acoustic version of "The Way". [61]

The Listening Sessions

Grande embarked on her first solo concert tour titled The Listening Sessions in support of Yours Truly. [62] [63] Pre-sale tickets went on sale on July 18, 2013. Regular tickets went on sale on July 19. Pre-sale tickets had to be taken down early, as they were selling at such a fast rate that the tour was almost sold before regular tickets were available. [64] Grande also was the opening act for the last three US dates of Justin Bieber's Believe Tour. The performances took place in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Atlanta on August 7, August 8, and August 10, in support of the album. [65] It was at these Listening Sessions that Grande discovered the album reached number one on US iTunes. [66]

Singles

"The Way" was released to digital retailers through Republic Records in the United States on March 26, 2013 as the album's official lead single. It was written by the song's producer, Harmony Samuels, alongside Amber Streeter, Al Sherrod Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Brenda Russell and Mac Miller, who is also featured in the song. Seven hours after its release on the iTunes Store, "The Way" topped its Top Singles chart. It debuted at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande and Miller's first top ten song on the chart. [67] This made Ariana the first top-ten arrival for a lead female artist making her first Hot 100 appearance since Yael Naim, who launched with "New Soul" in 2008. The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. "The Way" sold over 120,000 units in the first forty-eight hours of release. [68] Having sold over 219,000 units in its opening week, "The Way" holds the third best-selling first-week sales figure of 2013 behind Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" and One Direction's "Best Song Ever". [69] The song received a triple platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). [70]

"Baby I" was released to digital retailers by Republic Records on July 22, 2013, as the third single from the album. It was written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio Dixon and Patrick "J. Que" Smith. The song sold 141,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming her second top forty hit. [71] It also debuted at number six on the Hot Digital Songs chart, making Grande the only woman to debut two songs in the top-ten on the Hot Digital Songs chart during 2013. [72] Filming for the song's music video took place July 28–29, 2013. Grande hinted that the video would "travel" back to the 1990s and that there would be "lots of color" and "lots of baggy clothes". [73]

"Right There", featuring Big Sean, was released to digital retailers by Republic Records on August 6, 2013, as the fourth and final single. [74] It was written by Grande, Carmen Reece, Lonny Bereal, James "J-Doe" Smith, Trey Starxx, Al Sherrod Lambert, Sean Anderson, Jeff Lorber, and Harmony Samuels, who also handled the song's production. "Right There" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-four. [75] It was then serviced to rhythmic contemporary radio on September 10, 2013. [76]

Promotional singles

"Almost Is Never Enough" (featuring Nathan Sykes) was released on August 19, 2013 as the promotional single from the album. It was also given to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones .

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 81/100 [77]
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk 70% [78]
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [28]
Billboard 86/100 [30]
Digital Spy Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [34]
Entertainment Weekly A- [32]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [79]
The Michigan Daily B [80]
New York Daily News Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [81]
Pitchfork 6.5/10 [27]
PopMatters Disc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgDisc Plain yellow dark.svgPlain Disc 20%25 grey.svgPlain Disc 20%25 grey.svg [82]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 based on ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average of 81, based on 9 reviews. [77] At AllMusic, Matt Collar rated the album four stars out of five, saying that Yours Truly was "surprisingly sophisticated and unique" which showcases Grande's soulful R&B vocals. He stated that the album often "brings to mind the intonations of Mariah Carey which are most likely intentional." Collar closed the statement saying that Yours Truly "makes the most of her talent." [28] Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly graded the album an A-, calling the album "pure pop bliss" and "one of the most purely enjoyable albums of the year" that is powered by her "lithe, Broadway-honed voice". [32] At The New York Times , Jon Caramanica gave a positive review of the album, writing that television shows such as American Idol and Glee "have been responsible for an intense surge of interest in music on television, but they haven't left much of a mark on the shape of pop. That's because both shows are fundamentally conservative institutions, privileging the familiar and the unchallenging. They're about emulating, not innovating." [25] Caramanica commended Grande for becoming the first "identifiable pop star" who takes the "rules of those enterprises, uses them as a foundation, and innovates atop them... She uses the "Glee"/"Idol" template as a jumping-off point to make modern pop-R&B with a sturdy vintage backbone." [25]

Writing in his track-by-track review Jason Lipshutz from Billboard rated the album an eighty-six out of 100, saying that "Yours Truly carries the expectations of a young singer who has already proven herself on the pop charts, and even if the songs on her debut could not equal the quality of "The Way," Grande had the fan base and powerful pipes to survive a misfire." [30] At PopMatters, Scott Interrante rated the album eight discs out of ten, writing that "Minor missteps aside, Yours Truly is ultimately an impressive debut for Grande." [82] Ryan Dennehy of AbsolutePunk rated the album a 70-percent, stating that "Yours Truly is more tempered and less likely to put you in a beaming state of catatonia" that is "a missive containing some of her most personal thoughts and her oft-regrettable youthful impulses." [78] At Pitchfork, Andrew Ryce rated the album a 6.5 out of ten, calling it "a very safe record." [27] Lewis Conner of Digital Spy rated the album four stars out of five, writing how "The production feels fresh, the lyrics are relatable and the melodies are as cool and sweet as a dollop of raspberry ripple", and where he also states that "The tone and pace of the album rarely changes, but the songs feel accomplished, polished and vibrant". Corner concluded by calling "Yours Truly" a "little less than a triumph." [34] At The Michigan Daily , Gregory Hicks graded the album a B, saying "most tracks are of quality composition, lyrically and melodically, but beat usage becomes excessive at times." [80] Jim Farber of The New York Daily News rated the album three stars out of five, stating that because the "armies of song doctors" that the release is "far more tuneful than Mariah's interchangeable hits." [81]

Commercial performance

Grande overall became the fifteenth female artist to have her debut album top the Billboard 200 and the first to do so since Kesha's Animal in 2010. Dirty Picture - Get Sleazy Tour.jpg
Grande overall became the fifteenth female artist to have her debut album top the Billboard 200 and the first to do so since Kesha's Animal in 2010.

On September 4, 2013, Billboard reported that Yours Truly would most likely sell between 110,000 and 120,000 copies in its first week in the United States by the end of September 11, 2013. [83] Yours Truly officially debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week, becoming Grande's first number-one album as a solo artist. [84] [85] This made Grande the fifteenth female artist ever and the first female artist to have their first album debut atop of the charts since January 2010, when Kesha's Animal opened at number one. [86] [87] Grande's sales were especially strong digitally, as 108,000 of her first-week sales were from digital downloads, while the album sold 30,000 copies through physical sales. [88] In its second week, the album dropped eight places to number nine selling 31,000 more copies, bringing its total sales in the United States to 169,000. [89] [90] As of April 2018, the album has sold 596,000 copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 22, 2016 for shipments of one million copies. [91]

Yours Truly also debuted in the top ten in several other countries, including Australia, where it debuted at number six, [92] the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number seven, [93] Ireland, where it debuted at number six, [94] and the Netherlands, where it debuted at number five. [95] It also debuted just outside the top ten on New Zealand's top forty chart at number eleven. [96]

In 2013, Yours Truly was ranked as the 106th most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200. [97] It then went on to become the 68th most popular album on that chart, the following year. [98]

Track listing

Yours Truly – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Honeymoon Avenue"
  • Babyface
  • Dixon
  • The Rascals
5:39
2."Baby I"
  • Babyface
  • Dixon
3:17
3."Right There" (featuring Big Sean)
  • H. Samuels
  • Jo Blaq [b]
4:07
4."Tattooed Heart"
  • Grande
  • Babyface
  • Riddick-Tynes
  • Thomas III
  • Dixon
  • Squire
  • Sean Foreman
3:14
5."Lovin' It"
  • Babyface
  • Dixon
  • The Rascals
3:00
6."Piano"
3:54
7."Daydreamin'"
  • Squire
  • Brown
  • McCants
  • Squire
  • TBHits
3:31
8."The Way" (featuring Mac Miller)
  • H. Samuels
  • Sauce [b]
  • Grande [b]
3:47
9."You'll Never Know"
  • Riddick-Tynes
  • Thomas III
  • Babyface
  • Dixon
  • Babyface
  • Dixon
  • The Rascals
3:34
10."Almost Is Never Enough" (with Nathan Sykes)
5:27
11."Popular Song" (Mika featuring Ariana Grande)
3:20
12."Better Left Unsaid"
  • Grande
  • H. Samuels
  • Courtney Harrell
  • Lambert
  • M. Samuels
  • Akinkunmi
3:32
Total length:46:23

Notes

Personnel

Adapted from AllMusic and album liner notes. [28] [100]

Vocalists and musicians

Managerial and creative

Technical

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [124] Gold40,000^
Japan (RIAJ) [125] Gold125,000 [126]
United Kingdom (BPI) [127] Gold100,000 [128]
United States (RIAA) [129] Platinum1,000,000 [91]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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"Almost Is Never Enough" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande and English singer Nathan Sykes. The pop and soul-influenced track was written by Grande, Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece, Al Sherrod Lambert, Olaniyi-Akinpelu, and its producer, Moses Samuels. Two official versions of the song exist. A shortened version is included on the official soundtrack for the 2013 fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and was released August 19, 2013 via Republic Records as a second promotional single from the same, following Colbie Caillat's "When the Darkness Comes" on July 10, and a longer version was remastered for inclusion on Grande's debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013).

Push Baby British pop group

Push Baby, formerly known as Rixton, are a British pop rock band that formed in Manchester, England in 2012. They are signed by Scooter Braun's SB Projects. Their debut single "Me and My Broken Heart" charted internationally. The band consists of Jake Roche, Danny Wilkin, Charley Bagnall and Lewi Morgan.

Problem (song) 2014 song by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

"Problem" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. It was written by both alongside Savan Kotecha, Ilya and Max Martin, being produced by the latter two with Shellback, with Peter Carlsson serving as a vocal producer. The song was released by Republic Records on April 28, 2014, as the lead single from Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014). "Problem" is an uptempo dance-pop song with influences of R&B music, which comprises a melody based on drums, saxophone loops, and trumpets. The chorus features uncredited background vocals from American hip hop artist Big Sean. Lyrically, Grande has stated that the song is about "the feeling of being absolutely terrified to re-approach a relationship that's gone sour – but you want to more than anything."

Break Free (song) Ariana Grande song

"Break Free" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande featuring Russian-German music producer Zedd. Written by Savan Kotecha and its producers Zedd and Max Martin, it premiered on July 2, 2014 on Total Ariana Live, MTV's revival of Total Request Live. The song was made available by digital download later that day and was serviced to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio on July 8, 2014 as the second single from Grande's sophomore studio album My Everything (2014). Musically, the song explores EDM and electro genres, a musical departure for Grande, whose discography is primarily composed of pop and R&B.

Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song) song by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album.

"Best Mistake" is a song by American recording artist Ariana Grande that features American hip hop recording artist Big Sean. The song served as a promotional single from Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), and was released at midnight on August 12, 2014. Written by Denisia "Blu June" Andrews, Brittany Coney, Grande, Big Sean, and produced by Key Wane, the song is a ballad with piano, string, and drum machine instrumentation that lyrically deals with a couple trying to decide on what their future, troubled relationship is going to be like. Grande has claimed it is her favorite track off My Everything.

<i>Sweet Talker</i> (Jessie J album) 2014 studio album by Jessie J

Sweet Talker is the third studio album by English singer Jessie J. It was released on 13 October 2014, by Lava Records and Island Records. Contributing on the album; including rappers 2 Chainz, and Nicki Minaj, singer Ariana Grande, making guest appearances, and the addition to the album was the hip hop group De La Soul and the violinist Lindsey Stirling. Jessie co-wrote the album and worked with several producers such as The-Dream, Diplo, Tricky Stewart, Max Martin, Ammo and amongst the hosts of collaborators from both the new and the old.

One Last Time (Ariana Grande song) Song by Ariana Grande

"One Last Time" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her second studio album My Everything. It was written by David Guetta, Savan Kotecha, Giorgio Tuinfort, Rami Yacoub, and Carl Falk. The song was produced by the latter two, with Tuinfort serving as a co-producer and Ilya serving both as a co-producer and vocal producer. "One Last Time" was first released on the iTunes Store on August 22, 2014 as the second promotional single from the album. On February 10, 2015, the song was sent to contemporary hit radio as the fifth and final single from the album. A French version of the song featuring French singer Kendji Girac, alternatively titled "Attends-moi", was released on February 16, 2015 in France, Belgium and Switzerland. It is also included on the deluxe version of Girac's debut studio album Kendji (2015). An Italian version of the song featuring Italian rapper Fedez was released on May 26, 2015 only in Italy.

Love Me Harder 2014 single by Ariana Grande and The Weeknd

"Love Me Harder" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande and Canadian singer The Weeknd from Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014). It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, Abel Tesfaye and Ahmad Balshe. The song was produced by Payami and Peter Carlsson, with Svensson serving as a vocal producer. It was released by Republic Records on September 30, 2014, as the fourth single from the album. "Love Me Harder" is a synth-pop and R&B ballad with a "throbbing, electro-heavy chorus", a guitar riff and "big vacuum-esque synths". Lyrically, the song features double entendres about rough sex.

<i>Dangerous Woman</i> 2016 studio album by Ariana Grande

Dangerous Woman is the third studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released by Republic Records on May 20, 2016. The album is the follow-up to her second studio album My Everything (2014), and features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. The album was originally called Moonlight after the opening track on the album, with the song "Focus" being the intended lead single. However, the album's name was later changed to Dangerous Woman, with "Focus" being removed from the album's standard track listing, though it remains as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album. Dangerous Woman is primarily a pop and R&B album, with influences of dance-pop, disco, house, trap, and reggae genres. Grande, Max Martin, and Savan Kotecha were the album's executive producers.

Into You (Ariana Grande song) Song by Ariana Grande

"Into You" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande from her third studio album Dangerous Woman (2016). Grande co-wrote the song with Savan Kotecha, Alexander Kronlund, and its producers Max Martin and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The song was made available by digital download on May 6, 2016 via pre-order of the album and was later serviced to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio on June 28, 2016 as the album's second single. "Into You" is a dance-pop song and features "a thudding disco beat, lurking synths and sharp bass drum beats" in its instrumentation.

<i>Sweetener</i> (album) 2018 studio album by Ariana Grande

Sweetener is the fourth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande. It was released on August 17, 2018, through Republic Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Dangerous Woman, and features guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott.

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