“The Way” By: Ariana Grande Featuring Mac Miller
American singer-songwriter and actress Ariana Grande featuring rapper Mac Miller recorded the song “The Way” and was released on March 26, 2013 by Republic Records and as the lead single from her album Daydreamin’. This song was written by Mac Miller himself, Harmony Samuels, Jordin Sparks, All Sherrod Lambert, and Sevyn Streeter. “The Way” is a pop genre song whose melody is directly from the R&B 1998 hit “Still Not a Player,” originally recorded by rapper Big Punisher, also known as, BIG PUN and Joe. Critics were well impressed with the lead single “The Way”, with some comparing Grande’s vocals to Mariah Carey. In which, Grande is a huge fan of being compared to Mariah Carey which she loves the compliments about it. Ariana told Digital Spy, “She’s an inspiration; she’s the greatest female vocalist, so it was definitely a compliment. Mariah and Whitney Houston were my goddesses growing up. We thought “The Way” would get to the Top 15 and that, that would be a great debut and we’d celebrate. I didn’t expect any of this, and I didn’t expect it to debut at 10 on the Billboard chart either. It was craziness to me.” This makes Grande lead female artist for the first top ten arrival for making her first hot one-hundred appearance since Yael Naim, who launched with the lead song “New Soul” back in 2008. Behind the lead single “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, “The Way” holds the second highest first week sales amount of 2013 and on May 1, 2013, the song had reached Gold status, reaching 500,000 sold pieces. Form is what organizes the principle in music; where its basic elements are repetition, contrast, and variation. Form also work’s into structure or shape of the music. This is where the composer makes it more understandable to the listener by the way the elements of a composition have been combined or balanced. In all the arts, a steadiness is required between symmetry and asymmetry, unity...
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