Grande’s first three albums will also be available on black vinyl
GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Ariana Grande is the first artist in music history to have the lead single from her first five albums debut on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. On December 6th, Grande’s five studio albums will be available in color vinyl via her online store, along with her Christmas & Chill EP, which will feature an exclusive etching on side B. In addition, her first three albums Yours Truly, My Everything and Dangerous Woman (Republic Records/UMe) are set for release on black vinyl and will be available at retail stores worldwide.
As the ultimate introduction to the ultimate 21st century diva, Yours Truly debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart in over 35 countries worldwide — USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Ireland and Hong Kong, to name a few. Grande’s flawless voice takes flight over the course of the album’s 12 tracks, encompassing theatrical spirit, pop panache and R&B soul. The first single, “The Way” [featuring Mac Miller], debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and seized the No. 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 No. 5 at Latin radio, showing that she could not only bridge the generational gap but cultural barriers as well. 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 Samuels (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia).
Associated Press claimed, “This is how you follow up an impressive debut: simply step into the recording booth and be amazing yet again.” With additional accolades from Rolling Stone and USA Today, among many others, Grande broke streaming records and won numerous awards with her second album My Everything. Internationally the album quickly reached No. 1 in Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Top 5 in the UK, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. The first single from her sophomore album, “Problem” [featuring Iggy Azalea], saw her become the “youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week.” Other tracks include “Break Free” [featuring Zedd] and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.
The double LP Dangerous Woman comes complete with the original gatefold packaging and features the hit songs “Dangerous Woman,” “Be Alright” and “Into You” with guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. Initially released on May 20, 2016, the GRAMMY-nominated third album solidified Grande’s superstardom as, Rolling Stone described, one who is “capable of practically anything.” The first vinyl edition appeared in 2016 as a branded retail exclusive. With the critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman, Grande boldly defied expectation and revealed the full force of her voice (hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).
Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and broke the record for largest streaming week for a pop album by a female artist. Sweetener was met with rave reviews from Rolling Stone, giving the album four out of five stars and claiming it as “the best album of her career.” The Fader went on to say, “It’s Ari at the top of her game” and Cosmopolitan proclaimed she is the “only hope for pop this year.” While V Magazine added to the extensive list of praise that “her light is shining brighter than ever.”
Continuing her streak at No. 1, Thank U, Next, the fifth full-length album, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, her second No. 1 bow on the chart in under six months. The album broke numerous records right out of the gate. With 360k equivalent album units in under seven days, it now holds the record for Largest Streaming Week for a Pop Album & Female Artist. She also ascends as The Only Female Artist to Grace the List of Top Ten Biggest Streaming Weeks. thank u, next smashed the global Spotify record for biggest opening day by a female artist as songs from the album occupied the Top 12 spots on the Spotify U.S. Chart. Not to mention, it achieved the biggest first 24 hours for a pop album in Apple music history and set the record for most streams by a female artist in Apple Music history.
Ariana Grande’s second holiday EP, Christmas & Chill, now being released on vinyl for the first time, was recorded and produced by Grande and her team in less than a week from her home studio. She announced the project to fans via Twitter upon its release a week before Christmas: “‘Twas a “long, productive slumber party.” MTV News described the six song EP as “filled with festive flirtation” and “immediately repeat-worthy thanks to sultry vibes that’ll make you want to snuggle…”
Pre-orders are underway for all releases, including the standard black vinyl of Yours Truly, My Everything and Dangerous Woman at Arianagrande.lnk.to/vinyl. The exclusive color vinyl of Yours Truly (white and clear cloud swirl vinyl), My Everything (opaque lavender and clear split vinyl), Dangerous Woman (smoky black and lavender swirl vinyl), Sweetener (peach vinyl) thank u, next (opaque pink and clear split vinyl) plus the Christmas & Chill EP (with an exclusive etching on side B) will ship on December 6th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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