For much of March, the name Ariana Grande has been a hot topic on the lips of many.
The 19-year-old Nickolodeon star is making a transition to the major music leagues and seems to be on the right path given the response to debut single ‘The Way (ft. Mac Miller)’.
An infectious slice of Pop-R&B, the track -which has rocketed to #2 on iTunes – has many drawing (vocal) comparisons with an early Mariah Carey. And with the song’s accompanying video being unwrapped just moments ago, we see more folk relaying similar sentiments.
Check out the video and judge for yourself after the jump…
Sweet song, sweeter video.
Those awaiting many Mariah-like whistles and belts are likely scratching their heads at the comparisons — however we surprisingly see it. For, though, initially ready to dismiss such observations as myth (much like claims that Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, or anyone other than Michael Jackson lay claim to King of Pop title), we were forced to eat humble-pie.
Why? Because, it’s Grande’s whispery middle-register that sounds scarily like Mimi. Indeed, at numerous points it sounds like Mariah herself is cooing the background vocals. The hilarious irony is that it’s exactly music like that the 43-year-old Mimi has been peddling in recent years in a bid to appeal to the “kids” and chase them hits.
In any case, we see big things for the track and bigger success for Ariana. Do you?