'Victorious' Actress Ariana Grande On Getting 'Locked Up'

Actress Ariana Grande, who plays Cat on the hit show "Victorious," stopped by to talk about Nickelodeon's brand-new hour-long special of Victorious on July 30 at 8pm called "Locked Up!." In addition, Ariana is also featured on the "Victorious" show soundtrack which is out August 2.

A free vacation to Yerba goes awry when Tori and the Hollywood Arts gang get thrown in prison and must rely on their musical talents to escape in Nickelodeon's brand-new hour-long Victorious movie, "Locked Up!" premiering Saturday, July 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). "Locked Up!" features two songs: "All I Want is Everything" by the Victorious cast featuring Victoria Justice and a special choreographed performance and cover of the Jackson 5 classic, "I Want You Back." Both tracks appear on the first-ever soundtrack album, Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show, in-stores Tuesday, August 2.

In "Locked Up!," Spring Break looks bleak until Tori (Justice) gets everyone a free vacation to Yerba. The destination is a tourist nightmare and things go from bad to worse when Tori accidentally assaults the Chancellor of the country. The kids try to free Tori from prison, but end up imprisoning themselves in the process. The Chancellor grants Tori and her friends one prison performance, but will it be good enough to free them?Leading up to the July 30 premiere, Nickelodeon will debut a new music video of "I Want You Back," with the Victorious cast featuring Victoria Justice. Nickelodeon's multi-platform efforts include sneak peeks and promotional behind-the-scenes content that will stream on Nick.com as well as Nick's wireless partners.

Additionally, Victorious "Locked Up!" will also be made available for download in HD on iTunes, Amazon, Sony and Xbox. TheSlap.com will also host a Victorious "Locked Up" game which will feature video highlights and photo galleries from the episode. Following the premiere, the movie will be made available on Nickelodeon's video-on-demand.

In addition to the two songs in "Locked Up!," Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show (Columbia Records/Nickelodeon) will include the singles "Best Friend's Brother," "Beggin' On Your Knees" and "Freak the Freak Out," along with the series theme song "Make It Shine." The CD will also feature all-new songs that have never appeared on the show.

Ariana Grande stars as Cat, an eccentric student at Hollywood Arts High School who feels an instant kinship with Tori. Previously, Grande had already performed on Broadway's 13 the musical as Charlotte and received such accolades as the National Youth Theatre Association Award in 2009.

In addition to her acting credits, Grande is also an accomplished singer whose powerful voice has attracted the attention of a number of Grammy-winning composers such as Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Billy Steinberg and Matthew Gerrard, to name a few. She has also collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producer Ken Lewis, and most recently with Rock Mafia on original songs they co-wrote.

Grande is incredibly in tune with the needs and desires of today's fans and is leading the way with her social media efforts. She has an active Twitter account with over a quarter of a million followers and her YouTube recordings have a combined number of over 9 million views with each video receiving as many as 48 Honors. Grande's cover of Rihanna's "Love The Way You Lie," Bruno Mars' "Grenade," and her latest mashup all debuted in YouTube's top 10 videos. She epitomizes the new youthful integrated media star and fans all over the world are taking notice of Grande's undeniable talent. In 2010, Grande was invited to perform at a number of prestigious events, including Macy's Tree Lighting Ceremony, Variety's Power of Youth event and LA's Best Festival.

Grande is extremely passionate about and supports causes that are close to her, including Broadway in South Africa where she traveled to the Gugulethu in South Africa and taught music and dance to the children. At age 10, she founded the youth singing group, Kids Who Care, who raised over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.

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