Above: Ariana Grande & The Weeknd | Love Me Harder.
About Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande-Butera (born on June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress born in Boca Raton, Florida. Ariana Grande began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon television series Victorious in 2009. The show ended after four seasons, and Ariana Grande starred on the spinoff, Sam & Cat, which ended in 2014. She has also appeared in other theatre, television, and film roles, and has lent her voice to animated television and films.
Ariana Grande’s music career began with the soundtrack Music from Victorious (2011). Ariana Grande signed a recording contract with Republic Records and released her debut studio album, Yours Truly in 2013, which debuted at No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “The Way”, debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Ariana Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014), debuted at No. 1 in the United States and did very well in various other countries. With the singles “Problem”, “Break Free”, “Bang Bang” and “Love Me Harder” from that album, she spent 34 continuous weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and had the most top 10 singles of any artist in 2014. In 2015, Ariana Grande promoted My Everything with her first world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, and guest starred in the Fox comedy horror television series, Scream Queens. Ariana Grande also released the single “Focus”, which debuted at No. 7 in the United States, and a holiday EP album, Christmas & Chill. In 2016, Ariana Grande released her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, as well as several songs from the album. The title track debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Ariana Grande the first person in the history of that chart to have the lead single from each of her first three albums debut in the top 10. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Ariana Grande’s accolades include two American Music Awards, the Music Business Association’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year, an MTV Video Music Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, and two Grammy Award nominations. In 2016, Time magazine named Ariana Grande one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. Ariana Grande has a large following on social media, including the 4th most followed Instagram account.
About Love Me Harder
“Love Me Harder” is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande and Canadian singer The Weeknd from Ariana Grande’s second studio album, My Everything (2014). It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, Abel Tesfaye, and Ahmad Balshe. The Love Me Harder song was produced by Payami and Peter Carlsson, with Svensson serving as a vocal producer. It was released by Republic Records on September 30, 2014 as the fourth single from the album. Lyrically, Love Me Harder focuses on a deeper understanding of love as an emotional and physical state.
In the United States, Love Me Harder peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Ariana Grande’s fourth consecutive top-ten single off the album and fifth overall. By becoming her fourth top ten single, Ariana Grande earned the title of the artist with the most top-ten singles in 2014. The Hannah Lux Davis-directed video finds Ariana Grande and The Weeknd in an abandoned house in the desert filled with sand. As of March 2016, Love Me Harder has sold approximately 1.2 million copies in the United States.