Ariana Grande is feeling pretty good following the release of her hit single, “Problem.”
The collaboration with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is huge hit for the Sam & Cat star. The tune was an immediate success; Grande reportedly moved over 400,000 copies of the single in just seven days. According to J-14, “Problem” has sold over a million units to-date. It definitely appears that Ariana has a major hit on her hands.
Chances are all this success will help propel her sophomore record into the stratosphere. Although we don’t have a proper release date to obsess over as of this writing, it’s likely that the record will arrive in just a few weeks.
During a chat with the folks at Cover Media, Ariana Grande revealed that she’s pretty excited about the pending release of her new album. The excitement over “Problem” has proven there’s a market for the singer’s music, a fact that thrills her to no end.
She told the outlet:
“The reaction to Problem makes me believe that I’m headed in the right direction and that audiences are responding to the song in the way that you hope people are going to react. It’s very gratifying to know that when you feel you’ve pushed yourself pretty hard and tried to evolve creatively that in the end it’s going to pay off.”
Of course, some of the credit for the song’s success belongs to Iggy Azalea. Grande said she originally met the rapper while hanging out at one of Katy Perry’s parties. Although they’re definitely from different ends of the spectrum — Grande is vegan while Azalea loves a good burger — this didn’t stop them from striking a good balance in the studio.
“I thought she was so sensible and down-to-earth and talented. Getting to sing with her has been so incredible and when we thought we needed a rap verse on Problem she was the one I wanted to work with. She’s great,” Ariana said.
Singersroom News reports that Azalea has also benefited from the success of “Problem.” The rapper’s debut album, The New Classic, experienced a 44 percent increase in sales following the release of her collaboration with Grande. It would appear that the tune has helped her tap into a completely different demographic.
“Well I’m very pleased, last year seemed impossible to convince anyone in the music business I could break into the top 100… So let this serve as proof anything is possible and I hope we see more female rappers new and established in the charts,” Iggy recently posted on Twitter.
Are you looking forward to Ariana Grande’s new album? Have you purchased your copy of “Problem” yet?
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