In the life-altering span of a few months last summer, Ariana Grande went from teen sitcom darling to worldwide pop phenom. Her debut album, “Your Truly,” topped the iTunes Store charts in 30-plus countries and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in its first week; Grande became the first female artist since Kesha in 2010 to reach No. 1 with her inaugural effort. The video for the album’s hit single, “The Way,” is approaching 150 million views on YouTube.
And the first single—“Problem”—off her soon-to-be-released second album reached No. 1 on iTunes this April … in 37 minutes.
Check out the July/August issue of Boca Raton magazine for the complete exclusive interview with Boca’s own pop sensation. Here are a few bonus excerpts to whet your appetite:
When was the moment when you realized your life was about to change in a big way?
“When my first single went to number one, it was crazy. I never thought that would happen. To see people embrace me as an artist was the coolest thing in the world. That’s when I realized, ‘Hey, there might be something to this music thing that works out for me.’”
You’ve been to the White House twice already at age 20? What was it like to meet the president and first lady?
“They were both so nice—and so tall. I was like, ‘Are you real people?’ They were nice and kind, and statuesque. I was like, ‘Wow, I’m cowering in fear.’”
What should people expect from your new album, which comes out later this summer?
“I think it shows my progression as an artist and as a person … It’s a little more grown-up, while still remaining authentic to me as a person. I’m very excited for people to hear it.”