Music: Yours Truly

Released: September 3, 2013

By: Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is one of the few Nickelodeon stars to prove they have the vocal chops to be a successful pop star.

Grande shines on her first full-length album. Her voice can soar to heights like no other. She’s been compared to Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, and could easily rival either of the two.

Part of the album is modern pop, while part is more of a 1950s throwback with a new twist. The songs that fall in the latter category are stronger for her vocals. “Tattooed Heart” feels like a flashback on the album and features Grande at her best.

Featured vocalists Nathan Sykes, Mika, Big Sean and Mac Miller are all used to Grande’s advantage. Mika’s “Popular Song” is fun for the former Broadway star as it sample’s Wicked’s “Popular.”

Final say: The best tv-star-turned-musician debut around. ★★★★★

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