Ariana Grande Says ‘There’s Nothing To Justify’ Licking Those Donuts

16 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ariana Grande announces new single, ‘Focus’.

Love or hate Ariana Grande, no one can deny that former Nickelodeon princess turned potentially unpatriotic donut-licking rapscallion has the vocal chops to back up her meteoric rise to mainstream stardom.

After appearing on Good Morning America and apologizing (again) for licking donuts and slamming America, Ariana Grande appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night. When speaking with Fallon, revealed that her new track, “Focus,” will debut Oct. 30, and it’s the first single from her new album. “That I was going to come share it with you first,” Grande said. “And I kept my promise.” She then revealed the news: “My first single off my new album is coming out on Oct. 30,” Grande said. “It’s called ‘Focus.’” She also revealed that she would play Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sept. 26 and 27. But unlike that viral promotional video for The Voice, Grande didn’t have the benefit of wigs or costumes to help with her imitations of Aguilera, Spears, and Celine Dion.

Grande’s first challenge is Britney Spears interpreting “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and she nails every nuance of the vocalist’s odd style, rendering the nursery rhyme unintelligible. This forthcoming album will follow 2014’s My Everything, which featured hit singles “Problem,” “Break Free,” “Bang Bang,” and “Love Me Harder.” Grande channels Christina Aguilera for “The Wheels on the Bus,” showing off her impressive vocal range and nodding to the Voice coach’s diva-like growls. Fallon draws from his Saturday Night Live past for his Sting impression: the Roots launch into a Police-like groove, as the host explores the singer’s reggae phrasings on the Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” But the show-stopper is Grande’s take on Celine Dion’s “Can’t Feel My Face” – from the spot-on French-Canadian accent to the overhyped onstage crowd banter. Fallon revives his Sting impression for the Grande finale, teaming with the singer for a call-and-response duet. “Wheel of Musical Impressions” is a Tonight Show staple.

Past highlights include Maroon 5’s Adam Levine channeling Frank Sinatra’s suave croon and Eddie Vedder’s grunge howl; Christina Aguilera’s hilarious version of Shakira; and Jamie Foxx’s soulful John Legend take on the Toys R Us jingle. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Grande—like Spears, Aguilera, and Miley Cyrus before her—got her start on kids television and it looks like those years on Victorious and Sam & Cat paid off. Grande, her singing chops, and her comedic knack will graduate to more grown-up TV next week when the bloody horror comedy Scream Queens premieres Tuesday, September 22 on Fox.

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