LOS ANGELES — The building on the quiet Los Angeles block with a plate on the door that reads “Believe” — here are the offices of Scooter Braun, Svengali to Justin Bieber. Upstairs in the back is a room filled with old arcade games and the full gamut of Bieber accolades, including a piece of paper taped to the wall identifying him as Gossip Bang Chinese Fans’ Choice Male Hottie 2013, whatever that might be.
A couple of weeks ago, Ariana Grande — signature high ponytail, her late grandfather’s slouchy jacket, go-go boots with gem-encrusted soles — was sitting in this room, just a bit agitated but playing it cool. On the table was an array of water bottles hand-lettered to spell out “My Everything,” the name of her second album, which will be released on Monday.
The CGI-heavy, sci-fi-theme video for her new single, “Break Free,” was about to be released, and she hadn’t had the chance to approve it, or even see the finished version. Mr. Braun, her music manager, was doing his best to reassure her, popping in with updates, to which Ms. Grande batted her eyelashes in a manner that suggested she could handle this, yes, but she’d rather not have to again. [READ MORE]