Ariana Grande strikes a pose for the new issue of Complex magazine.
Check out what she had to say below. For the complete interview, visit http://www.complex.com.
Let’s talk about growing up in Boca Raton. Do you know an Asian grill restaurant called “Stir Crazy?”
That’s my favorite! That’s the best restaurant ever. What do you get?
How often do you go back to Boca?
I barely get to go back home anymore. I miss my grandparents the most, and the beach.
What was your family like growing up?
My family was the stereotypical poker-playing, loud, friendly, food-shoving, loving, Italian family.
Growing up Italian, did you ever fake having Mafia ties to appear tougher?
I didn’t have to fake anything…I’m kidding. We didn’t have any Mafia ties. I feel like we knew some of the Mafia but were not involved for sure. I do know somewhere down the line there were some friendships. No Mafia ties though. It wasn’t something I bragged about.
You sound kinda domesticated for a 20-year-old. Where do you get that from?
Myself. No one in my family is like me, nobody. My mom is a CEO and owns a company that manufactures communications equipment for the Marines and the Navy, so she’s not really the housewife type, if you get what I’m saying. She’s the most badass, independent woman you’ll ever meet—not the cookies-in-the-oven type.
You’re also obsessed with Harry Potter.
I’m a big nerd. I love Lord of the Rings. I love Harry Potter. I love scary movies. I love dinosaurs, science, aliens, ghosts.
So there’s a nerdy part of you. What about the gangsta rap part?
I like rapping. I don’t take myself seriously but it feels good to learn the words to an entire song and rap.
Are you annoyed when people compare you to Mariah Carey?
At first impression I think it’s an obvious comparison to draw because of the range and style of throwback R&B. But as you listen to the whole album, Yours Truly, you get to know my sound. You get to know Ariana. If I complained about being compared to the greatest vocalist who ever lived, I would be a very dumb, ungrateful person. So I can’t complain. It’s a massive compliment.
You think she’s the greatest vocalist?
For sure. Her voice is something that’s untouched: her range, her control, and her ability. I take it as a compliment but I’m very excited when people listen to my whole album and get to know my sound.
If you had to choose between music and acting, which would it be?
Music, no question. I started in musicals because I wanted to sing. I never liked acting. I auditioned for TV to get a platform to get a record deal and then I fell in love with acting because it was fun. After I’m done playing Cat Valentine I don’t see myself doing much acting, but I would do a scary movie or a musical, at any moment.
Billboard has released its Top 21 Artists Under 21 list.
Even though has been twerking all over the place, it’s teen sensation One Direction that has snagged the top spot. Cyrus isn’t too far away, as she placed No. 3 on the list.
One Direction is the first UK band to have their first two albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1. One Direction
2. Justin Bieber
3. Miley Cyrus
4. Ariana Grande
5. Earl Sweatshirt
7. Austin Mahone
8. Scotty McCreery
9. Cody Simpson
11. Cher Lloyd
12. Chief Keef
13. Bridgit Mendler
15. Joey Bada$$
16. Tori Kelly
17. Martin Garrix
18. Mindless Behavior
Ariana Grande is surrounded by flowers on the cover of her debut album, Yours Truly.
Grande appears to be wearing white lingere for the artwork.
The singer complete the album in June 2013,and it is scheduled to be released on September 2, 2013 in the UK, and September 3 in the US.
Fans will be able to pre-order the album beginning next week!
Nickelodeon is reuniting two of the most memorable characters to ever grace television.
Laverne & Shirley stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest star in an episode of the network’s new show, Sam & Cat.
Sam & Cat premiered on June 8, and features starlets Jennette McCurdy (from iCarly) and Ariana Grande (from Victorious) as friends who start their very own baby-sitting business.
According to Nickelodeon, the iconic actresses Marshall and Williams began filming on Wednesday (June 26). Their characters are said to be rivals involved in a feud that spans a few decades.
Sam & Cat creator Dan Schneider says it was an honor to write for television’s ” funniest female roommates” ever.
Marshall and Williams played roommates ‘Laverne DeFazio’ and ‘Shirley Feeney’ on the ABC sitcom from 1976-1983.