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Ariana Grande heat wave of 2014

The summer of 2014 was anything but lackluster when it came to music, with "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea topping the Billboard Hot 100 the entire month of June, and the number two spot taken by one of the hottest acts of this summer—Ariana Grande, the 21-year-old Nickelodeon transplant.

Ariana performs at iHeartRadio event.
Ariana performs at iHeartRadio event.
Photo by Larry Marano

Before her music career began, Grande appeared on the show "Victorious," before landing her own show, "Sam & Cat."

The beginnings of Grande's musical career began in 2012, when she collaborated with Mika, a U.K. artist, on "Popular Song." In 2013, she released her first album "Yours Truly." The freshman album of Grande's premiered "The Way" featuring rapper Mac Miller as the first single of the album. The song peaked at number nine on the Hot 100. Other singles which came from her first album were "Almost is Never Enough" featuring The Wanted's Nathan Sykes, and "Baby I." The album as a whole peaked on the Billboard 200 at number one and currently has been on the charts for 43 weeks. At the end of 2013 at the American Music Awards, she won New Artist of the Year.

This year Grande has had three hits within the span of three months. The first song of summer from her was "Problem" featuring "Black Widow" songstress Iggy Azalea. The song has spent 14 weeks on the Billboard charts and peaked at number two. The next collaboration of hers is the Zedd produced "Break Free," which has spent four weeks on the Billboard chart. Its peak position is number 15, and currently sits at number 21. The next song which was released Tuesday is the trio woman dominate "Bang Bang" which features Grande, along with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. The song is currently number one in iTunes.

Along with all of Grande's summer songs, she is releasing an album August 25 titled "My Everything." The album has collaborations with ASAP Ferg, Childish Gambino, Big Sean, Cashmere Cat, and The Weeknd. The album is set to have 12 songs, along with three bonus tracks, "Bang Bang" being one of them.

Other awards Grande has won over the past year include VEVO Certified for "Problem" which reached over 100 million views on YouTube. Along with those Grande is nominated for multiple MTV Video Music Awards for "Problem." Other endeavors of Grande include opening for Justin Bieber during his Believe tour.

Grande may have 99 problems, but dominating the 2014 summer music scene was not one of them.