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Artist to Check Out: Ariana Grande

I'm a big kid at heart. I'll admit to watching Disney and Nickolodeon shows. I watched That's So Raven and iCarly and many other shows. I even caught some episodes of Victorious so I knew Ariana Grande as an actor and that she sings on the show. Which is why when I heard that she was coming out with her own music I wasn't sure how she'd do, to be honest. I mean it seems like you either hit or miss as a child star turned musician. You've heard of Demi Levato and Selena Gomez but probably not as much about Victoria Justice or Vanessa Hudgens. I am happy to say that I was wrong about Ariana Grande. She has a voice! It's like a cross of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, no exaggeration.

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She had one song, “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, at the beginning of the summer that took me back to my high school days with its old school R&B feel. I loved the song but then I never heard another song from her after that. I figured she was a one-hit wonder and didn't give it a second thought. Then the other day, my sister Jamie was playing a song in the car and I fell for it quickly. She said it was “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes from the Mortal Instrument Soundtrack.

I think you need to listen to this song:

Then I learned that she's on the updated cover version of Popular from the musical Wicked. After that, I looked her up on Google, and she's dropping an album today. Digital Spy has a review that gives it 4 out of 5 stars.  I can't say I've heard her album but I do know that I will give it a chance and you might want to also.

The Way (feat. Mac Miller) –

Almost is Never Enough –

Popular –

Ariana Grande –

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