Ariana Grande announces new music to focus on Mac Miller
"I should do this forever"
Good news Ari fans!
The 25-year-old 'Thank U, Next' singer has officially been crowned Billboard's 2018 Woman of the Year - you're forgiven if you missed due to the whole Priyanka Chopra/Nick Jonas thing.
Ariana sat down with Billboard to discuss her year in music, telling the publication's Natalie Weiner all about her 2013 collab with the late Mac Miller:
“I was like, ‘Oh, wow, I’m onto something here’… It felt like, ‘I should do this forever.’”
And that's not all. Weiner also reports that Ariana is working in music focused on the rapper.
"Her face dims slightly; just before this interview, she was working on a new song, which, when she plays it for me later, I realize is about Miller."
"I don't want to conform to the pop star agenda," Ariana continued.
"I want to do it on my own terms from now on. If I want to tour two albums at once, I'm going to tour two albums at once. If I want to drop a third album while I'm on tour [in 2019], I'll do that too!"
Ariana also revealed she knows more about music production than singing, including the production of her own sessions in studio.
“I’ve politely walked out of sessions before,” she told Billboard.
“It has happened. I’m a small girl. People tend to underestimate that. And then I sit down and comp my own vocals and can produce my own session, and they’re like” ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could do that.’ I’m like, ‘Believe it or not, there are plenty of tiny women that can do this.’
“...My dream has always been to be -- obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't. We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the preorder, and radio has to impact before the video, and we have to do the discount on this day, and all this sh*t.
It’s just like, ‘Bruh, I just want to f**king talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do. Why do they get to make records like that and I don’t?’ So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to.”
“And if it doesn't work out the way ‘Thank U, Next’ did, that’s fine too!" she added, showing emotion.
"It is so exciting to see something be received well. That’s a beautiful thing. But it’s even more beautiful to be honest and just do something...To drop a record on a Saturday night because you feel like it, and because your heart’s going to explode if you don’t -- to take back your narrative.”
“They’re unable to accept the fact that women are a million things, and not just two,” she continues, speaking to the music industry as a whole.
“You can be adorable and brilliant. You can be friendly and silly, and yet strong and indestructible. You can be professional and present and also sexual and fun."
“I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of the artist I can be, and I just want to keep growing and practicing and getting better. I never want to get lazy.”
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