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    Feb 8, 2019

    10 Interesting Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Ariana Grande’s Musical Career

    Her latest album, "Thank U, Next," makes it official: we’re all Arianators now. So here's what you need to know!

    In case you haven’t heard, it’s Ariana Grande’s world now, and we’re just living in it: within six months of releasing her long-awaited fourth album, Sweetener, last August, our pop princess / BBQ tattoo queen has blessed us with Thank U, Next: a WHOLE EXTRA ALBUM for us to memorize and fall in love with before we gather to worship together at the Sweetener World Tour this year.

    1. She first began her career at age 14, when she was cast in the original Broadway musical 13, back in 2008.

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    One of Ari’s fellow teen castmates was Liz Gillies, who went on to star in the Nickelodeon shows “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat” with her.

    2. But her theater kid/performer roots go even further back — as a kid, she performed in Annie, the Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast at her local community theater in Florida.

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    And when she was 8, she sang at a karaoke lounge on a cruise ship...where Gloria Estefan discovered her!

    3. It was during her Nickelodeon days when Ari started posting YouTube videos of herself singing covers of Adele, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey songs — and that's how Republic Records found her.

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    By the time Republic signed her in 2011, she already had more than 10 million views on her YouTube videos.

    4. Ariana's first ambition as a musical artist was to make an R&B album.

    5. Her first hit single was "The Way," which she recorded with Mac Miller for her debut album in 2013.

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    The lead single debuted at number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. And, FYI, it wasn't the first time she and Mac collaborated — just the year before, they'd released a holiday duet together.

    6. She has an impressive four octave vocal range, which you can really see her use to hit that whistle register in "Imagine" and "The Way."

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    For context: most people — even professionally trained singers — can do three octaves. (Mariah Carey can do five).

    7. She's worked with the biggest songwriters and producers in the music industry, including Max Martin, Pharrell Williams, and Tommy Brown.

    8. After the release of Sweetener, Ariana decided to switch to a more spontaneous strategy for releasing music that was inspired by hip-hop artists.

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    In her Woman of the Year interview with Billboard, she said, “My dream has always been to be . . . obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does ... It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to fucking talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do.’ ”

    9. She's been nominated six times for a Grammy Award!

    10. And finally, this April, she'll be headlining the Coachella Music Festival as the youngest female artist to do so.

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