Pop Project Featured Artist: Ariana Grande

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Ah yes…Let us discuss one of my favorite people in the world (aside from Demi that is)…Ariana Grande. If you have not yet heard of this 19, soon to be 20 year old powerhouse of talent, then you’ve probably been living under a rock.

Ariana Grande is a singer/actress best known for her role as the redheaded, very “special”, spunky Cat Valentine on the beloved Nickelodeon comedy Victorious.  Grande portrayed the role of Cat on the show from 2010 until the show’s abrupt end in early 2013.

Now….Ariana is no one trick pony, and neither is her hair. She ditches the red locks when she is not playing Cat, and is hard at work on her music career. Let me tell you…this girl can SING. Think voices of angels, mixed with Mariah Carey, and a dash of fierceness and power of some of the oldschool female “greats” in music…That’s Ariana. Don’t believe me? Check out her Youtube channel, “ohsnapitzari”, and take a listen to some of her covers and acapella work, (her “Emotions” cover anyone? Crazyness,), as well as her recent collaboration with singer Mika.

Ariana has recently released her hit single “The Way” featuring Mac Miller.  The song has routinely been in outstanding standing on the charts, as well as received positive feedback and love from mainstream radio play.  Her debut album, reportedly titled “Daydreamin’” or “Honeymoon Avenue” as of recently, is scheduled to drop in August under Republic Records.

Upcoming appearances include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 14th.  As the “Pop Project Featured Artist of the Week”, you KNOW we love her here, and can’t wait for her upcoming projects. And just between us…let’s just say we think she will make our show even more “popular” in the upcoming season… 😉

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Leave it all to Sam & Cat to Make it Shine!

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Fans of Nickelodeon’s Victorious and iCarly rejoice! “Sam and Cat” is the network’s newest half-hour comedy series that celebrates the best of both beloved shows, which are now no longer in production (I cry a little every time I think about this fact,).  The show features Jennette McCurdy, and the lovely Ariana Grande.  As Ariana’s #1 fans, we here at The Pop Project can’t get enough of Grande, so we made it our mission to review this spunky new sitcom for you.

Grande portrayed the role of Cat on Victorious from 2010 until the show’s abrupt end in early 2013.  Fans of the show were devastated and downright outraged by the show’s conclusion, or lack thereof.  It has been said in the interwebs that the show’s end could be attributed to a certain lead actress’s decision to do a solo concert tour, abandoning her cast for her own personal glory…but that’s an irrelevant story. I mean…Victoria who?…

As Victorious came to a close, avid Nickelodeon viewers held on to their adoration for the loveable character Cat, as well as the badass, brash, and unapologetically hilarious character of Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) from iCarly, which had also come to an end three months prior to Victorious. So what happened next? Dan Schneider, creator of basically every single hit sitcom Nickelodeon has ever had cooking in his “bakery”, whipped up a fresh concept to satisfy the hunger of the crazed Victorious and iCarly fans. Behold, Sam and Cat was born.

The show premiered on June 8th, 2013, and let’s just say it did more than live up to my expectations.  The show features Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine, who are roommates who start up their own babysitting service.  Enter in a slew of colorful characters such as Cat’s eccentric Nonna, and neighbor kid “Dice”, as well as the babysitting clientele, and it makes for a hilarious and quintessential “Dan Schneider” masterpiece that is sure to satisfy fans of the previous shows, as well as new audiences.  The premiere episode begins with Sam rescuing Cat from a garbage truck,as bizarre as that sounds. It actually makes for a whimsical and logical opening when you consider the characters involved here.  Other notable moments from the episode include “Elderly Acres”, where we find Cat’s Nonna playing Twister and old people getting chicken wing tattoo (Yep. Totally normal in Dan Schneider’s world). The best part of the episode for me has to be the onscreen dynamic between Ariana and Jennette.  Their comedic timing is impeccable, and their offbeat chemistry somehow works perfectly despite the vast differences in their characters.  Cat herself said it best in the episode:

“We sort of have this whole, fun odd couple dynamic, with built-in conflict, and lots of potential for more adventures…”

As a self-proclaimed Victorious fanatic, and wannabe Cat Valentine, I for one cannot wait to see what adventures are in store for Sam and Cat this summer in what is sure to be yet another hit sitcom for the network.

Be sure to check out Sam and Cat every Saturday at 8pm on Nickelodeon.

 

Rating: 5 Mr. Purple Giraffes out of 5

Want even more fun? Check out Dan Schneider’s blog for exclusive “Fun Facts” about the debut episode of Sam and Cat!

Pop Project Featured Artist: The Wanted

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So this band isn’t really an Indie but they aren’t as popular as they are back in their home of the United Kingdom. The Wanted has been kinda, for a lack of a better word, overshadowed by One Direction in America but have developed a strong fan base and have become the cooler alternative to being a “Directioner”. Musically, they are pretty much what you would expect to hear this day and age (just more in your face kind of beats due to them being from the birthplace of the 90’s Europop movement). The one thing that they offer beside their Europop kind of feel is that they are the honey badgers of the music world.

These guys just do whatever they feel like it and it’s pretty much the reason many people love them. They post videos on their own YouTube channel every Wednesday that shows what they have been up to. They even interact with their on twitter, which not all celebrities do!

If you are looking to listen to some awesome and catchy pop music with some awesome personalities then this is band for you! They are pretty awesome.

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Miley Cyrus will not stop

mileycMiley Cyrus, America’s resident llama impersonator and  Salvia enthusiast, just released her newest single “We Can’t Stop” this morning on “On-Air with Ryan Seacreast” and it’s time for my review of it!

This songs just seems like Miley is trying to relieve her “Party in the USA” summer hit days and she is on the right track if this is true. It’s pretty much one of those songs that you play at a bonfire. It’s a simple song but one that is kinda catchy. It even use one of the many technique the greatest songwriters use that makes hits: random syllables that are used to rhyme with words. I don’t know if this is a statement to today’s society but she used this technique with the word party. Here is how many words rhyme with party:

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While it wouldn’t sound as cool as how it does in the song, I’m pretty sure Miley just got lazy. Anyways, this song is just about having a good time and enjoying life.  The song even shows off her vocal ability, which Miley is on the top of her game even after taking a break from singing after the release of her most controversial album “Can’t Be Tamed” (which was pretty much amazing).

What didn’t work: While it wasn’t much, it was just the overall beat of the song. It just stayed the same through the entire song and didn’t build any moment or anything like that. While it still works with the song, it just catches you off guard at first. Also, the opening with the guy taking isn’t needed. It’s pretty much as need as Miley’s bra. The song also took me at least 2 listens because it started to get catchy and I began to really dig it.

Rating: 3.5 Hannah Montana wigs out of 5

 

Have an opinion on Miley’s new single? Let us know in the comments below!