New Music: Ariana Grande – ‘Baby I’

Baby I

Ariana Grande has often been compared to Mariah Carey, and she once again proves worthy of the acclaim. The 20-year-old diva-in-training follows up her Mac Miller-assisted hit “The Way” with “Baby I.” The summertime record, written and produced by Babyface, Tony Dixon, and j.Que, features big vocals from the Nickelodeon star over a breezy beat.

The song was released shortly before midnight on iTunes and has already entered the top 5. Ariana’s debut is due September 3 on Universal Republic.

You can catch her performing live on “The Listening Sessions” tour, which kicks off August 13 in Silver Spring, Maryland.



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69 Comments

  1. Michelle

    She can SANG

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    KenBarbUK Reply:

    @Michelle,
    this songs feels more like ashanti than mariah c

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  2. Navy

    FIRST!!!
    Even if I’m not a fan I like this girl, she’s so talented

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  3. Dave

    yo….I love this girl.

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  5. OnlyChrisJ

    I Love It!!! This Girl Can Freaking Sing!

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  6. Nicki

    She will never be like Mariah so yall better stop comparing them.

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    Yasmine Reply:

    @Nicki, THIS coming from a Nicki stan. The joke writes itself.

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    Glamazon Reply:

    @Yasmine,
    or her name could be nicki just as your name is Jasmine

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    x Reply:

    @Yasmine, lol

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    Queens Reply:

    @x, nothing is funny about that comment it was sad and written with disdain nothing is funny about and u can’t laugh cause u Chris brown fan assuming and nobody likes him anymore but teenage fans so pls

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    X Reply:

    @Queens, i laugh at whatever the hell i want to laugh at and what the fuck u mentioning chris brown for? i have NEVER been a fan of his so if ur confusing the fact that my username is X to me stanin for his last album then you need to get a life. idiot

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    Queens Reply:

    @Yasmine, what does one have to so with the other so because nicki may or may not be a nicki fan they can’t say stop comparing that makes no sense at all lol

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    P Reply:

    @Nicki, Pretty Much. If anyone, I think she sounds much more like Christina than Mariah.

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  7. lydia rayam

    love it.when she does the oh baby oh baby part it reminds me of ashanti ROCK WITH YOU

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  8. Ice

    Powerful voice, she’s gonna be a real problem in years to come.

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  9. Kyle

    I never knew of her before “The Way” and after I watched her perform that song live on Jimmy Kimmel I was BLOWN AWAY. How did she get a voice like this? LOL, anyway, this song isn’t even that great but her vocals alone made me listen to the whole thing and I’m still kind of taken back.

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  10. DRB

    Its a mix Mariah’s pop songs from 99 onwards, Mariah’s style of layering, harmonizing, and arranging, the sound of many one hit wonders from the naughties, and Tamia.

    I’m gonna need her to do something out of Mariah’s box before I take her seriously.

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    P Reply:

    @DRB, THANK YOU

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  11. YEAKELLY

    I absolutely love her voice, but her image(i.e. quirky/ awkward girl next door) does not match the type of music that she’s singing which makes it a little unbelievable. That will be the thing that holds her back from the success that she deserves, cuz this girls talent…>>>>>>>>>

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    Wow Reply:

    @YEAKELLY, I agree. I still can’t believe this is her singing because every time I think about her I just see her as the “ditzy girl” from TV shows. No disrespect because I really do like her, I just think soon she’ll have to break away from Nick TV to do the kinda music she’s doing/probably wants to do.

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    LindzAJde Reply:

    @YEAKELLY, I agree her image doesn’t match the songs she sings

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  12. 2bad2bme

    SHE IS ABOUT TO BLOW UP…BEEN WAITING FOR REAL TALENT LIKE THIS FOREVER…#REALR&B

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    DRb Reply:

    @2bad2bme, She does pop

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    Anthony Reply:

    @DRb, she does r&b influenced pop.

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    Antony Reply:

    @DRb, With a R&B voice.

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  13. QUEEN MINAJ

    yass miss arianna grande coming for mooriahs wig i see
    all that promo and beautiful still not plat?

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @QUEEN MINAJ, Lmaoo, No chill button.

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    P Reply:

    @channel_ROMAN, birds

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    dd Reply:

    @QUEEN MINAJ, yet nicki minaj charts at bottom and is still there #thedelusionisreal no one is checking for nicki anymore lol

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    dd Reply:

    @QUEEN MINAJ, mind you high school is not platinum…hell its not even gold none of her features are doing good. Im out debuted and only 57,000 copies was sold LMAOOOOOOOO

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  14. NourYeezy

    This girl is amazing. She has everything to become as great as Mariah

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  15. channel_ROMAN

    I heard the snippet. It was cool. I listened to the full song because of her vocals. It didn’t get me how The Way got me BUT “Baby, Baby” looks like it’s going to get stuck in my head so I’ll grow to love it. “I had feelings for you before I knew what feelings were.” That was everything.

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  16. MostHated

    Try again, little girl. And get a new f-cking pose and hairstyle. You aren’t Mariah, so get your own style, look sound and life. Sh*t like this is why the industry stays at a stand still.

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    THC Reply:

    @MostHated, LOL the only one at a stand still right now is Mariah’s career #stophater #hasbeendiva

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  17. MostHated

    Yawn central. Unoriginal. Uninspiring, beweaved mess.

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    GoodMusic Reply:

    @MostHated, lol you really mad huh? comment twice! Let this girl get her blessing and stop hating! Its not a good look.

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    Epd Reply:

    @MostHated, bitch you sound dumb mariah is DONE the bitch can’t sing live and makes pointless remixes of a song that can’t even crack the top 10 on the charts. Stay bitter hoe

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  18. Nana Yaw

    Great Vocals. This song will definitely slay the charts

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  19. Nana Yaw

    Great Vocals. This song will definitely slay the charts.
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  20. Tim

    She reminds me of the “Vision Of Love” Mariah Carey or an early Mariah Carey, & that’s a good look.

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  21. DLOC

    “The Way” was a great song but this follow up just makes me want the new Mariah Carey record even more. Its unfortunate that she is not burdened by this comparison! For it seems Ariana is quite content to showcase her impressive mimic the mimi vocal skills but without Mariah’s evocative, soulful songwriting it’s just disposable fun at best…

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  22. Carla

    Hate to make it a race thing but its true. Tweens buy albums “black twitter/blog commenters” don’t unless it’s Beyonce. She WILL win and snatch wigs.

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  23. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    Ariana Grande > Mariah Carey
    Beyonce > Mariah Carey

    GO AHEAD ARIANA SNATCH THAT BITCH WIG OFF!!! I’M SO SICK OF MARIAH CAREY ACTING LIKE A DIVA!!! When she know damn well Beyonce would slay her ass in a heartbeat so she need to sit it down!!!

    I HAVE SPOKEN…BYE!

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    NourYeezy Reply:

    @♪►Muzzac◄♪, Mariah Carey has one of the best voices ever. You just need to calm down

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    damien Reply:

    @♪►Muzzac◄♪, Another ignorant comment, who is feeding you these thoughts and lies, you need some herbal tea to get your mind straight.

    p.s. using capital letters does not prove your point just makes you seem retarded…. just saying…

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  24. Carla

    Wait and BABYFACE co-signed??!! Its over!! Congrats to her

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  25. oebie

    She’s talented for sure… wish her the best. Mariah will always be special for me because I grew up with her music, she was a part of me when I was a teenager. Maybe Ariana will be that special artist for a new generation.

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  27. xedos

    The only reason why this will move up the chart is because she will have the white media behind her . the song is average. if this song was not by a black artist no one would be singing praise. it would just be a song.

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    madein1990 Reply:

    @xedos, this is very true. Another example of African American struggle that people fail to acknowledge… However this girl can sing her ass off!!… I watched a couple of her Mariah and Whitney covers and I was really surprised, her voice has power, projection, control, and crazy range. I haven’t heard anything like it in mainstream music since the 90s.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @madein1990, She did a Donna Summer cover to LAST DANCE and boy her VOCALS is NONE to play with.

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  28. Lamb

    She sounds like the legendary Mariah Carey…

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  29. Onika Miraj

    I officially love Ariana Grande. I’m so happy that her music doesn’t have the Nickelodeon sound. I’m a Stan!

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  30. bapqtpie2004

    I don’t get it. This young lady can really sing. I saw her perform on Ellen and she was great. yet selena gomez is the one performing at award shows.

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  31. JustCoastWitHa

    She has arrived

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  32. melissa

    i love the son gyou are my fav p

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  33. P

    @Lamb, Great songs. Great Vocals. She’ll be great at what she does in the years to come. But she is not competing with Mariah. If anything, she has eaten up all of Christina Aguilera’s sunshine. Every woman that can hit a note in the whistle register is not the next Mariah Carey. Mariah’s legendary status is just from 23 years of seventh octaves notes. Mariah’s a vocal legend for her RANGE (from Super low to Super High), her use of melisma, and her power and control. Mariah can hit a C7 bright and crystalline, breathy and airy, with vibrato or through staccato. Mariah also proves ever live show that she can hear a note on the piano and match it perfectly with knowing how to read music. Even on her hoarsest day Mariah is able to flutter through a run from chest voice to head voice in a way no one else could besides Whitney Houston. Ariana Grande is a great gem, but she should be compare to the late Christina Aguilera, not Miss Carey. Be real. Stop hating on ever bitch in the game. You same people in here trying to shade MAriah are the same people that named Nicki a legend after her first album, shaded Kim, and did’t buy her second album that still hasn’t sold 1,000,000 after countless rereleases. LET LEGENDS BE LEGENDS and let NEWCOMERS be NEWCOMERS.

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    Lamb Reply:

    @P, that has absolutely nothing to do with what I just said, but thanks for submitting your essay :)

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    dd Reply:

    @P, All of this!

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  34. Monty

    Mariah Carey stans have some pissy ass attitudes. Which, after all this lipsyncing she’s been doing … I’d be mad too. Slay, Ariana! Nice vocals, you sing live and don’t have to do 1000 remixes to a song that no one cares about, ever has or ever will.

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  35. EdgarC

    Incredible. A girl that can actually sing. Written and produced by Babyface- AMAZING!

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  36. BASE

    she is pretty wack to be hinest and lets be real yea her voice is descent but she is not no fkn mariah not even the mariah of today sorry and her song sounds to much like Ashanti wrote it or she stole some of her lines but nice attempt but a FAIL to be honest.

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    chris Reply:

    @BASE, *HONEST. Spell right before you hate.

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  37. Deejay

    Am I missing something???
    This song and her voice are both boring as hell.
    Ok she sounds a little like Mariah(cudos to her for that)
    But this isn’t anything to run home about.

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  38. simply me

    It sounds like she’s TRYING TOO HARD to imitate Mariah Carey’s vocal styling and that to me as a consumer is a TURN OFF with a NEW ARTIST. I want to get to know YOU. I dont want to feel like you are a baby version of somebody else. While the girl is talented and has a great voice I dont hear the “early Mariah Carey” in her voice. The early Mariah Carey sung powerful ballads. This sounds like a sad attempt of Mariah Carey when she released Shake It Off. Ariana Grande whoever is behind you mentoring you should mold you to be the FIRST YOU!

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  40. G0RL Shush

    Is it HER fault she sounds like MC? No. So you pressed Mariah fans can leave because all your fave can do now is sing along to mc_highnote_1.m4a

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  41. BAWSE

    decent song!

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