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The Way (Ariana Grande song)

“The Way” is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013). It was written by the song’s producer Harmony Samuels, alongside Amber Streeter, Al Sherrod Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Priscilla Ahn, Brenda Russell, and Mac Miller, who is featured in the song. “The Way” was released on March 25, 2013 by Republic Records as the lead single from Yours Truly. The song’s backing track is based on the piano melody from Russell’s 1979 song “A Little Bit of Love”, and the song has melodic and lyrical similarities to Big Pun’s 1998 song “Still Not a Player”, which also samples “A Little Bit of Love”.[1][2]

In the United States the song debuted at No. 10 and peaked at No. 9 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 becoming Grande and Miller’s first top ten song on the chart. This made Grande the first top 10 arrival for a lead female artist making her first Hot 100 appearance since Yael Naim, who launched with “New Soul” back in 2008. As of March 2016, “The Way” has sold 2.3 million copies in the United States and has been certified triple platinum.[3]

Santa Tell Me

“Santa Tell Me” is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande. It was written by Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Savan Kotecha. The song was released on November 24, 2014, via iTunes Stores, as the Christmas original single in America.[1] Musically, the song is a Christmas song with influences of R&B and soul.

Commercially, despite being a Christmas song, “Santa Tell Me” entered the US Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at number 42 while also entering the record charts of several other nations, including Canada, Netherlands and Japan. The music video was directed by Chris Marrs Piliero and was released on Grande’s official Vevo on December 12, 2014.[2] The song received its first performance at the 2014 A Very Grammy Christmas concert in the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on November 18, 2014.[3]

Right There (Ariana Grande song)

“Right There” is a song by American singer Ariana Grande featuring rapper Big Sean. The song was released on August 6, 2013 as the third and final single from her debut studio album Yours Truly (2013). The song peaked at number 84 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single is certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies. [1][2]

Grande has referred to “Right There” as “sort of a sequel” to her first top-ten single “The Way” due to the songs’ similarities in melody and composition.[3] The singer spoke of the mutual interest she and rapper Big Sean felt in wanting to collaborate but mentioned that it took some time for them to find the right song. She said, “We were talking about a few other songs together but it just never worked out and it never was the right moment and then finally ‘Right There’ came along. And we were like ‘Oh this is it’.”[4]

While the song was originally released as a promotional track available for immediate download with pre-orders of Yours Truly on iTunes, Grande stated in an interview that it evolved into a single on its own: “‘Right There’ is kind of about to be the next single. I think we’re going to do a video for it soon. It’s just because of what’s naturally happened with ‘Right There’. Radio’s just sort of started picking it up and fans seem to really be responding to that one.”[5]

“Right There” samples the 1979 jazz instrumental song “Rain Dance” by The Jeff Lorber Fusion; it is the same sample that was used for the 1997 Lil’ Kim song “Crush on You”.

Research (Big Sean song)

“Research” is a song recorded by American rapper Big Sean featuring recording artist Ariana Grande. It was written by Sean, Grande, Dacoury Natchel, Michael Carlson, and Leland Wayne, and was produced by DJ Dahi and Metro Boomin. The track was initially set to be sent to radio as the fourth official single from Dark Sky Paradise, however, it was later revealed that “One Man Can Change the World” would serve in its place instead.

“Research” received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who appreciated the production and beat but were ambivalent towards the lyrical content, especially the use of derogatory words for women.

Put Your Hearts Up

“Put Your Hearts Up” is the debut single by American singer Ariana Grande.[1] She released the single under Universal Republic Records on December 12, 2011. The song samples “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes.

Although originally intended to be the lead single for her debut album, her next single “The Way” peaked at number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and replaced it. “Put Your Hearts Up” as well as the majority of the original recorded songs intended for the album were scrapped and did not end up making Yours Truly.

Years later, Grande revealed that she in fact hated the song and its music video altogether. She called it “the worst moment of my life” and “straight out of hell” in a Rolling Stone interview back in 2014 and criticizes it every time it’s mentioned.

Problem (Ariana Grande song)

“Problem” is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The song was released by Republic Records on April 28, 2014, as the lead single from Grande’s second studio album My Everything (2014). The track was written by Savan Kotecha, Iggy Azalea, Ilya, and Max Martin;[1] the latter two co-produced it with Shellback and Peter Carlsson. “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.”

The song debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 selling 438,000 copies in its first week on sale, earning Grande her biggest digital song sales week ever. The song later peaked at number two, surpassing “The Way” as her highest-charting single in the United States. It also became Azalea’s second-highest charting single in the US, after her own single “Fancy”. “Problem” remained in the top ten of the Hot 100 for the first sixteen weeks of its chart run, making its number three debut on May 7, 2014 and dropping out of the top ten on August 27, 2014. The single performed well internationally, debuting at the top of the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom and peaking within the top ten of the charts in most other territories, including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Greece. “Problem” also made British chart history upon its debut as the first song to top the charts in Britain based on both sales and streaming. It also topped the US Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.

To promote the song, Grande performed it first at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, followed by the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The song’s accompanying music video was filmed the following day after its release with Nev Todorovic as the director and premiered on Vevo on May 30, 2014. It won “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and the song itself won “Best Song” at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. As of 2016, it has sold 3.6 million copies in the US, and has been certified sextuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It is one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 9 million units according to IFPI.[2]

The song is featured on the video game series Just Dance 2015.

Popular Song (Mika song)

“Popular Song” is a song by Lebanese-British recording artist Mika, released as the second single in the United States from his third studio album, The Origin of Love. The song features American singer and actress Ariana Grande and is included on her debut album, Yours Truly. The track was written by Mika, Priscilla Renea, Mathieu Jomphe and Stephen Schwartz, and produced by Mika and Greg Wells. The new remix version featuring Ariana Grande was produced by Jason Nevins.

The song is an updated cover of the original version, based on the song “Popular” from the musical Wicked. The album version of the song features vocals from Priscilla Renea, and features expletives. However, the single version replaces Renea with Ariana Grande, removes the expletives, and modifies the instrumental arrangement and tempo to create a version which heavily links to Mika’s former hits, “Grace Kelly” and “We Are Golden”. The new remix version, produced by Jason Nevins, is the main version which was officially released.

Over and Over Again

“Over and Over Again” is a song by English singer Nathan Sykes. The song was written by Sykes, alongside Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece and Major Johnson Finley, and was released in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2015 as the second single from his debut studio album Unfinished Business (2016). The song peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. A remix featuring American singer Ariana Grande was released on 15 January 2016.[1]

Sykes performed the song live on The X Factor on 22 November 2015.[2] He also performed a stripped down version of the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He also sang a version of it at the 2016 Summertime Ball with Louisa Johnson.

One Last Time (Ariana Grande song)

“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 four along with Ilya. “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 the 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.

“One Last Time” is a dance-pop and EDM song. Its instrumentation consists of sampled drums and a synth line. The single reached the top-twenty in eleven countries, including Australia, Canada, France and the United States, where it became Grande’s sixth top-twenty single on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single has peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100, ending Grande’s streak of consecutive top ten hits from 2014. It was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

The song’s accompanying music video was released on February 15, 2015 and was directed by Max Landis. The music video is visually presented as a found footage, similar to Landis’ previous work. The video faced controversy due to its similarity to the music video for the Australian band SAFIA’s single “You Are the One”, with Grande and Landis being accused of intellectual property theft. Grande promoted the song with a live performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 2015 NBA All-Star Game halftime show, and during her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour (2015).

Love Me Harder

“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 synthpop and R&B track, with “throbbing’, electro-heavy chorus”, guitar riff and “big vacuum-esque synths zip”. Lyrically, the song focus on a deeper understanding of love as an emotional and physical state, having double entendres about rough sex.

In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande’s fourth consecutive top-ten single off the album and making her the artist with the most top-ten singles in 2014. The Hannah Lux Davis-directed video finds Grande and The Weeknd in an abandoned house in the desert filled with sand. As of March 2016, the song has sold 1.2 million copies in the United States.

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