Universal Republic Records Announces the
Signing of Ariana Grande
Star of Nickelodeon's "Victorious"
and YouTube Sensation to Release Debut Single Soon
Charismatic and charming young star of the hit Nickelodeon series, Victorious,
ARIANA GRANDE proudly signs to UNIVERSAL
REPUBLIC RECORDS. GRANDE will release her
debut single for the label soon, followed shortly after by a full-length
Ariana Grande 2011 (Photo: Business Wire)
GRANDE's presence already extends far
beyond her television notoriety. "Give It Up", her featured duet with
Elizabeth Gillies, became the #1 rated song from the Emmy
Award-nominated Victorious episode, "Freak the Freak Out".
The show itself remains the most downloaded teen program on iTunes,
making GRANDE a modern household name.
While working on the show, she continually releases music via YouTube.
Her heartfelt and hypnotic cover of Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie"
surpassed over 2 million views. In addition, her invigorating
performance of the tune was the #1 YouTube song on New Year's Eve 2010.
Then, her dreamy cover of Bruno Mars' "Grenade" also attained the number
one spot on YouTube, garnering over 48 worldwide honors during a mere
hour, even trumping Britney Spears and other major artists that day.
Cumulatively, she has over 10 million views, clinching the #1 video
position over ten times.
Meanwhile, her digital following grows by leaps and bounds daily. A
veritable Twitter phenomenon, she accumulated over 300,000 followers in
one year for a total of over 600,000. She's mentioned at least 10,000
times daily and she's had over 2 million re-tweets in a mere six months. GRANDE
has utilized the elements of social media to showcase her talent and
spirit, and she's got a diehard fan base supporting her.
It's all because she possesses undeniable star power. GRANDE
can carry a hook with the best of them, but she's got an engaging spirit
that makes listeners instantly sing along. She's about to become a major
pop phenomenon once her first single hits.
About the signing, UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS President and C.E.O. Monte
Lipman exclaims, "Ariana is an extraordinary talent who has already
achieved major success in both the TV and social networking spaces. Her
drive, ambition, and determination are intoxicating. We're thrilled to
have her join Universal Republic."
It's her time to be "Victorious" in music.
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For more information on Ariana Grande:
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