NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Within five weeks of its debut, ARIANA GRANDE's hit single "The Way" featuring Mac Miller has been certified Gold by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. This is the actress and singer's very first Gold record and a major milestone in her impressive career thus far. It's the first time a new artist has gone Gold in that short of time period since 2008.
"The Way" shows no signs of stopping though. It's risen on the charts faster than any other single from a new artist in 2013. Eight hours after its premiere, it climbed to #1 on the iTunes Overall Chart, trumping mainstay superstars including P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Rihanna and placing GRANDE at the top of pop music. Meanwhile, its music video has surpassed 20 million YouTube/VEVO views and counting in less than a month.
Her powerful voice propels the track, seamlessly rising from an R&B-inspired cadence into one of the year's biggest and most brilliant hooks. Boasting production from Harmony Samuels [Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige] and written by none other than Jordin Sparks and Sevyn Streeter, it's an undeniable smash and the way into her musical world. It also lays the groundwork for her forthcoming full-length debut for REPUBLIC RECORDS out later this year.
GRANDE rose to immense popularity starring in the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious. In addition, her spin-off Sam & Cat is set to premiere on Nickelodeon in June 2013. Singing and performing since the age of eight, music remains GRANDE's first love. Over the course of her career, she carved out an overwhelming fan base online. The Huffington Post listed her as the "Third Most Influential Actress Online" above Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Aniston, while Billboard even dubbed her "Most Influential Person to Watch Online". To date, she has amassed 6 million Twitter followers, 3 million Facebook likes, 3.6 million Instagram followers, and 200 million YouTube/VEVO views.
REPUBLIC RECORDS would like to congratulate ARIANA GRANDE on this incredible achievement.
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