From Nickelodeon star to pop powerhouse, our kween is ruling the world. DOLLY’S Josie Rozenberg-clarke chatted with Ari for all the goss about keeping the Arianators happy and her brand-new album Dangerous Woman.
I’m just so excited,” Ariana Grande says for, like, the millionth time – and even though she’s at her home in LA and I’m all the way over here in Sydney, Ari’s excitement about her third album is contagious. It’s official: we have no chill. With Yours Truly and My Everything turning us into Arianators #forlyf, it’s no wonder we’re all so pumped for her brand-new record Dangerous Woman, which drops on May 20. And, of course when I get Ariana on the phone, I bombard her with questions about it like the good fangirl I am. Luckily, she’s more than happy to share. “I co-wrote most of the songs on the album – it’s very personal,” Ari recalls. “I worked on it for over a year. I was touring for most of that time, so I did a lot of it while I was travelling around. My friend Victoria Monet, who I do a lot of writing with, came and spent some time on the tour bus with me. We would sit on my bed and eat popcorn and write together about what I was going through in life. It was a really fun process.” Since My Everything came out in 2014, life has been pretty crazy for Ariana – she’s done a world tour, gone through a break-up with rapper Big Sean, played the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (breaking the internet with a million memes), and dipped her toe back into acting with a role on Scream Queens. “A lot happened in the year and a half that I was writing [ Dangerous Woman],” Ariana says. “I started putting music out when I was 17, and I’m 22 now – I’ve grown up quite a bit since then, even though it’s only been a short amount of time. I think five years is such a huge difference when you’re young. So this new album represents where I’m at now.” The first two songs we’ve heard from the record – “Dangerous Woman” and “Be Alright” – are SO epic, and kind of a new sound for her. “I think my new album kind of marries the [sound of the] first album and the second album,” Ariana hints. “My Everything wasn’t as soulful as Yours Truly was. I felt like my
first album was very heavily R&B and my second album was very pop, so this third one is a nice blend of the two. It’s got a really urban feeling. I think my fans will be happy!” So, can she tell us what other stand-out tracks to listen out for? “Oh man, that’s such a hard question!” Ari laughs. “I think I have to say all of them! It’s my album and I wouldn’t have put any of them on there if they didn’t each mean something to me.” Well, at least this means there are no duds! #allkillernofiller A new album means new tour, right? With so many Arianators calling Australia home, it more than likely means Ariana will be bringing this tour Down Under. “Of course!” Ari confirms. “I don’t have all the details yet, but I can’t wait to get back down there.” Because, as Ariana is always saying, her fans are pretty damn important to her. “I love them so much – I talk to them every single day,” she tells DOLLY. “We interact in a really intimate way. I really do feel like they’re my friends.” Ugh, the feels. In between recording the album, Ari has also been killing the acting game with her role as Scream Queens’ Chanel #2 and an awesome hosting gig on the iconic sketch show Saturday Night Live. “Oh man, that was the most fun ever. I always say that if I could host SNL every week, I would,” Ariana gushes. Uh, SNL producer, can we please make this happen? Ari’s celeb impressions are SO on point. “I have more I’m working on… but I’ve gotta keep them quiet for now!” Does this mean we’re going to see more acting from Ariana in the future? “My hands are pretty full with music at the moment,” she says. “But I really, really love acting. It’s always going to be something that’s near and dear to my heart. Down the line I will definitely continue to do as much of it as I can.” YASSS. There’s also another reason we have so much love for this girl. She’s FIERCE and unafraid to share her feminist views. Case in point: last year, when she tweeted this amazingness after (untrue) Niall Horan dating rumours emerged: “I…do not. Belong. To Anyone. But myself. And neither do you. I can’t wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they’re dating/married to/attached to, having sex with (or not) /seen with… but by their value as an individual.” It was a moment that made the world stop seeing Ari as a sweet little ex-nick star and start seeing her as a strong woman. “I want to help educate as many people as I can about things I’m passionate about,” she says.
“I CAN’T HELP BUT SHARE HOW I FEEL WITH MY FANS – I HOPE THEY WILL JOIN ME AND FEEL THAT WAY AS WELL.”