With its shimmering and bright production, the up-tempo song is the perfect follow-up for Grande’s flirty lead single, “The Way.” Much like that first single, it features the “Sam & Cat” star’s soaring vocals over some vintage production tailor-made for a mid-’90s Mariah Carey.
NUMBER 3 ON ITUNES IN 2 HOURS? You guys are unbelievable. Thank you again & I love you. No words, what a happy night https://t.co/kbqyPs1oDC
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 22, 2013
The song is all about her crush, with Grande singing to her dream lover, “Baby I got love for thee so deep inside of me/ I don’t know where to start/ I love you more than anything/ But the words can’t even touch what’s in my heart.”
As of press time, the single was sitting at #3 on the iTunes charts after she tweeted out the link in the early hours of Monday.
“Baby I,” which manager Scooter Braun has already dubbed his choice cut on the release, is the latest tease off Grande’s album, Daydreamin’ , slated for release later this summer.
When MTV News spoke to Grande back in May, she noted that her debut would be inspired, in part, by Carey. “You know I love just like old R&B. I love the ’90s, that whole vibe. I love Mariah Carey, of course, she’s the goddess of all vocals,” she said, adding, “I just can’t wait for them to hear the rest of it because it just gets better. ‘The Way’ is a great song in my opinion but the rest are, I think, better. So it’s cool.”
In addition to playing stops on Justin Bieber’s Believe tour, Grande will also kick off her own trek, The Listening Sessions, on August 13 in Silver Spring, Maryland. She’ll play nine cities in the U.S. throughout August, with the jaunt ending on August 31 in Kansas City, Missouri.