Ariana Grande Switches ‘Yours Truly’ Album Artwork + “Baby I” Debuts at #21

Ariana Grande 'Yours Truly' Album Cover

Ariana Grande’s New ‘Yours Truly’ Album Cover

Actress and singer Ariana Grande unveiled the official album artwork for her upcoming debut studio album Yours Truly this week but after criticism , decided to ditch the “sexy babydoll” look for something a bit more appropriate.

Set to be released through Republic Records, Yours Truly will make its way into stores and digital online retailers on September 3, 2013.

The original album cover features the red-haired beauty posing in a bed of pink roses, with light/soft pink lingerie with matches stockings, with a darker pink background.

Ariana Grande's Original 'Yours Truly' Album Cover

Ariana Grande’s Original ‘Yours Truly’ Album Cover

While I like it, being that she is only 20 years old at the moment (and has a very young fan base), the picture is a bit… mature for her.

The album’s lead single, The Way featuring Mac Miller , which was released on March 26, 2013 to positive reviews from critics and great fan fare, has managed to peak at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It also serves as the third-highest first-week sales figure of 2013, behind “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake , featuring Jay-Z , and One Direction ‘s “Best Song Ever,” with 219,000 units.

On June 10, 2013, it surpassed the one million downloads mark and was officially certified Platinum by the RIAA on June 19, 2013, and has so far sold a total of 1,390,000 copies in the United States alone.

The album’s second single, Baby I was released on July 22, 2013, and was written and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds , Antonio Dixon , and Patrick “J. Que” Smith .

The single has received acclaim by critics, with many calling it a great followup to her first hit single “The Way,” and with many complementing her voice. This week the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #21.

Pre-orders for the album will begin next week and Ariana is set to kick off her first-ever string of live shows, dubbed the Listening Sessions tour, on August 13. Thoughts?