“This is about to be crazy,” Ariana Grande tells her entourage when she learns what we have planned for our sit-down interview. “This is going to be pure comedy — I’m terrified!”
To celebrate the launch of the 23-year-old’s latest fragrance, Sweet Like Candy — a scent she describes as “a younger, sweeter, more flirtatious version of the Ari fragrance” — we decided to take a look back at the singer in her younger days. We arrived at Ulta Beauty, the store that launched the scent exclusively, armed with 12 photos of Grande’s most striking looks and asked her to comment on each. Which does she still love? Which does she hate? You’ll find out ahead — along with a lot of discussion about that ever-present ponytail.
“I’m not sick of talking about it…I know it’s a thing,” Grande says when asked if she’s hit peak pony-talk.
Probe a little further and you’ll learn that her signature style has become a blessing and a curse — which is why it made it into her latest release, “Jason’s Song,” with industry veteran Jason Robert Brown. The lyrics read: “You acted like you bought me at a bargain sale / You don’t even care / You focused your frustration on a small detail / Blew it out of scale, like my ponytail.”
“I remember sitting with Jason in my studio saying ‘I love music so much, but I wish that’s what people saw first and foremost,'” she told us. “Jason knows me as a singer, as a musician, as a person he cast on Broadway, so his response was, ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ And I was like, ‘My ponytail!’ He was like, ‘Is that a thing?'” A “thing” it is, indeed, and calling it out is just one part of why the song is so special to her, she says.
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Ariana Grande has already revealed that she’ll be playing more than 35 shows in North America on her 2017 “Dangerous Woman Tour,” but which international countries will her huge tour be visiting. Ariana has been hinting at the upcoming international tour dates for her highly anticipated 2017 tour for months now, but now she’s finally giving fans a more concrete idea of exactly which countries she’s planning to visit when the “Dangerous Woman Tour” kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 2.
Speaking out her big plans to take her upcoming shows international, Grande revealed in a recent interview with Australia’s Sunrise that she’ll most definitely be heading down under at some point next year, marking the first time Ariana has ever toured in Australia after missing the country on her 2015 “Honeymoon Tour.”
“I haven’t announced my international dates yet but they are coming,” Ariana revealed when asked if her “Dangerous Woman Tour” would be heading to Australia in the interview.
However, Grande did admit that she already knows that her shows will include at least one stop down under.
“We are working on them,” said Ariana of international dates, “and I’m definitely coming to Australia!”
Grande’s big tease that she will, in fact, be heading to Australia for her “Dangerous Woman Tour” comes amid the U.S. tour dates receiving unprecedented demand, as New York’s Madison Square Garden announced on Twitter that Ariana’s February 23 show at the prestigious venue has sold so well that Grande has scheduled a second show for the following night.
“Due to overwhelming demand, a second Ariana Grande show has been added on 2/24,” the venue revealed in a tweet on October 3. “Tix go on sale to the general public this Friday!”
Ariana Grande’s big Madison Square Garden milestone came after weeks of teasing when it comes to the upcoming schedule for her international shows, which Ariana recently revealed were coming soon on social media.
“I promise… international dates are being worked out as we speak,” Grande revealed on social media last month, revealing that girl band Little Mix and Victoria Monet will serve as her support acts for her North American shows.
Grande also teased her upcoming shows when announcing her North American dates during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month, where she officially confirmed that more dates outside the U.S. and Canada were still to come.
“There will be more dates coming,” Grande confirmed on the late night talk show of the shows that are still to be announced, “but for now, I just had to get something because [of] my fans.”
Ariana echoed that more tour dates will be on the way ahead of her “Dangerous Woman Tour” on social media.
“International dates & more to come,” Ariana told her followers alongside a graphic showing the currently scheduled U.S. shows, showing Grande’s more than 30 stops.
Ariana is yet to reveal the exact details of her international stops for her much anticipated 2017 tour, though it’s safe to say that Grande’s millions of fans are getting pretty excited for the “Side to Side” singer to spill the beans on exactly where she’ll be heading outside of the U.S. and Canada next year.
Are you looking forward to the release of Ariana Grande’s international stops for her 2017 “Dangerous Woman Tour?”