Ariana Grande‘s omnipresence these days is undeniable. From radio to TV to iTunes, the 21-year-old sensation has emerged as the industry’s definitive breakout star.
It’s fitting, then, that the promo campaign for her new album ‘My Everything’ has carried her to the front of Billboard magazine’s latest issue.
As well as posing it up, the songbird also opens up about some of her biggest inspirations.
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According to Billboard, the budding diva played down the incessant Mariah Carey comparisons, instead citing Madonna and India.Arie as two of the names that have inspired her most.
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Okay, so a rising pop star idolizing Madonna isn’t shocking, but the worshipful tone she adopts when speaking of Her Madgesty is arresting. “She is strength, she is freedom, she is wisdom beyond anybody’s comprehension,” says Grande.
Her YouTube covers of Whitney and Mariah aside, Grande was inspired by a less ubiquitous soul singer early in life. “When I was 14, I wanted to make a straight-up, like, India.Arie record,” she explains. “Something really soulful.”
Surprising as her words may be, she’s been echoing them since our interview with her about album #2 last year: