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By Marc Inocencio
Like her music, Ariana Grande is inescapable.
The pop princess currently has three singles dominating the airwaves, she performed two songs at the MTV Video Music Awards, walked away with a Moon Man for Best Pop Video for “Problem” with Iggy Azalea, and on Monday, the 21-year-old finally released her highly-anticipated album, My Everything.
Though her sophomore LP is projected to rule the charts its opening week, the world-at-large is still buzzing about her VMAs marathon, in which she opened the proceedings with “Break Free” by emerging from a spaceship, and concluded with “Bang Bang” alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, who was clutching onto her noncompliant dress.
As Nicki’s ill-fated costume change continues be a widely discussed keynote from the trifecta’s performance, On Air with Ryan Seacrest spoke to the former Nickelodeon star to get her opinion on the rapper’s major wardrobe malfunction.
“I don’t care. That was amazing. She’s such a pro for coming on, holding her [stuff] together like that and just, like, living and rapping and keeping it together. That was amazing,” Ariana praised. “I thought she did incredibly well, especially given the circumstance.”
Knee-high boots and skimpy rompers were also the stars of Ariana’s back-to-back spectacles. If you’re having trouble reading between her new wardrobe and lyrics, the former Nickelodeon star is making — if she hasn’t already — a transition from her childhood career to a full-blown mature pop star. The passage isn’t always a successful attempt, so Ryan questioned the songstress how she effortlessly crossed over.
“I don’t really know. I mean, I’ve just been so focused on music. I really feel like focusing on the music and really, like, letting the music tell my story, and introducing myself with music, and letting that be the statement sort of was it, I guess,” she said. “I wanted people to be talking about the music not anything else.”
Her My Everything record is in fact powered by tracks that introduce a coming of age. Ariana’s ballads “My Everything” and “Best Mistake” — which she revealed are her “two favorites” on the album — boasts mature relationship troubles and adult ambitions. In the interview, the pop-soul singer also said that fans can get their hands on remixes and exclusives that aren’t available with the iTunes copy by downloading the free messaging Line app.
After softening up Ariana with questions regarding her music, Ryan made an attempt to get the singer to confirm or deny her rumored relationship with “Best Mistake” and “Right There” collaborator Big Sean, who she was seen holding hands with backstage at the VMAs. At first, she deflected the question by claiming to have seen Ryan holding hands with the rapper, but later opted for an open-ended answer.
“I mean, I guess, curiosity man, it’ll kill you,” she dodged. “I don’t know what to say, Ryan. Why are you doing this me? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you when we’re not on the air. I trust you. I’ve known you a long time. I don’t know about these millions of people listening in right now.”
Be sure to score every exclusive bit of her My Everything album — available on iTunes now — by downloading the Line app and following her official account, and don’t forget to tune in to Ariana’s iHeartRadio Album Release Party on Thursday at 8 p.m.