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.
Miley Cyrus is taking her twerking on the road.
The songstress just released the tour dates for her BANGERZ Tour, which kicks-off on Valentine’s Day 2014 Vancouver. She will continue to tour North America through April.
Tickets, for the general public, for the tour go on-sale November 16 via Live Nation.
Check out the list of dates below:
February 14 – Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena
February 16 – Tacoma, WA TacomaDome
February 20 – Anaheim, CA Honda Center
February 22 – Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
February 24 – Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
February 25 – San Jose, CA SAP Center
February 27 -Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center
March 1 – Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 4 – Denver, CO Pepsi Center
March 6 – Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
March 7 – Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
March 9 – Milwaukee, MI Bradley Center
March 10 – St. Paul, MI Xcel Energy Center
March 12 – Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
March 13 – Tulsa, OK BOK Center
March 15 – San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
March 16 – Houston, TX Toyota Center
March 18 – New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
March 20 – Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
March 22 – Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
March 24 – Orlando, FL Amway Center
March 25 – Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 29 – Montreal, QC Bell Center
March 31 – Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
April 2 – Boston, MA TD Garden
April 3 – East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
April 5 – Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
April 7 – Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
April 8 – Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
April 10 – Washington, DC Verizon Center
April 12 – Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
April 13 – Columbus, OH Shottenstein Center
April 15 – Kansas City, KS Sprint Center
April 16 – St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
April 18 – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
April 19 – Louisville, KY KFC YUM! Center
April 22 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 24 – Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum
“Looks Like Money” is Lil Kim‘s first single unaccompanied in four years. The song was available for digital download in July 2013.
The video is not up to the standards of what Lil Kim fans are used to. In fact, some fans think that the song title does not match-up with the quality of the video.
Check out the video below and see for yourself.
Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar are the latest musicians to be added to the roaster of acts for the 2013 American Music Awards.
The pair join musical acts One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia and Miley Cyrus who have already been asked to perform.
More acts will be announced as the award show’s air date approaches.
The 41st American Music Awards will be held on November 24, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Katy Perry is dressed in leather for this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.
With a newly released album, Perry is busier than ever!
Perry chats with EW about Mayer, who inspired the track “Legendary Lovers,” her non-existent rivalry with Lady Gaga and her thoughts on Miley Cyrus.
On boyfriend John Mayer:
“I actually wrote it in an email one time, and after I wrote it I looked — we had a long courtship before anything was [public], just writing letters to each other — and seeing ‘legendary lovers,’ it sounded so nice. Some things float into my mind, and I process them, and [then] I make songs about them.”
On fellow singer Miley Cyrus:
“She’s what, 19 or 20? She’s just living her life. She’s super young, and there’s no directing book on how to do this. Each of us find our own way, and some of us make it out alive and some of us don’t. I mean, Madonna was naked [too]. The thing is, people come to me and ask me, out of default, what I think about all these girls, but at the end of it all I shouldn’t be considered the behavior police, because I’m not always going to be on my best behavior!”
On “alleged” Lady Gaga:
“Gaga and I like to publicly dismiss it because it’s not healthy. You want to feel music. You want it to resonate and relate to you. You can’t look at it like a competition because you ruin the reason why you love music. But I think that sometimes our fan groups are so big and strong, they use it as ammunition.”
Get ready for Christmas with Miley Cyrus.
The “Bangerz” singer covers the December issue of COSMOPOLITAN. Cyrus is once again dishing on her controversial VMAs performance. In addition to that, Cyrus talks about being single for the first time in years.
Check out some highlights from her feature below.
So much has changed since your last Cosmo cover! Is this the most insane year of your life so far? “Everything is so chaotic and crazy right now and it’s so much all at once, but I’m living for it. I’m just having the best time ever and everything’s falling into place like it’s supposed to. Even people who want to hate on me, they can’t even shut down the fact that I’m literally what everyone is talking about. I don’t want to say that I’m on top right now – I feel like I’m kind of an underdog in a cool way. It’s almost punk rock to like me because it’s not the right thing to do. Like, society wants to shut me down.”
People were shocked by your VMA performance – but it was tame compared with the “We Can’t Stop” video. “When people started complaining about the awards show, I was like, ‘Have you never seen the fucking video?’ And what if I hadn’t done that performance? The VMAs would have been bad. They would have been missing something. The show was kind of making fun of how serious the pop industry is.”
How did you feel about the celebrities who dissed your VMAs performance? “I don’t really care. I think everyone would have given anything to be me at that moment, because I was being one hundred percent true to myself…and not many people can say that. At the end of the day, I would say I’m a nice person, and I take pride in the fact that I treat everyone really well, so there’s no reason for anyone to ever come at me because I only want the best for everybody else. I have a song that’s like, ‘Stay in your lane,’ because I’m not going to be you and you’re definitely not going to be me, so don’t throw shade. I don’t ever throw shade at anyone.”
What about the celebs who are on Team Miley? “The support of other artists is important because there are not many people who can relate to what I’m going through right now. Kanye West is one of those people, and even Katy Perry has been so cool. It’s easy for Kanye to support me because we’re in totally separate lanes of competition, but for Katy to say that she appreciates what I’m really doing for the pop industry, that keeps you going. And I mean, who cares what the media buzz is if Kanye West is telling you that you’re the shit?”
This is the first time you’ve been single in years. How are you dealing with that? “I need to treat my music like a relationship – give it my time and all the attention it deserves – and that’s my main love right now. This is the best time of my life. I’m not going to look back on it and be like, ‘I wish I hadn’t been dwelling over a breakup,’ you know? Because that’s not what God wants my life to be about right now. God wants my life to be about being successful and being happy and blessing other people and being blessed.”
Earlier this week, Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus expressing her concern.
She went on to write,“The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us,” she adds. “They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly the star that the industry make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.”
The letter didn’t go over too well with Cyrus. The “Wrecking Ball” singer fired back at O’Connor with two tweets.
The first tweet included a photo (shown below) of O’Connor’s tweets and the words,”Before Amanda Bynes…. There was….”
She then later tweeted a photo of O’Connor tearing up a photo of the Pope during her 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance: