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"7 Rings"
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Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Thank U, Next
ReleasedJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Format
RecordedOctober 2018
Studio
Genre
Length2:58
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tommy Brown
  • Charles Anderson
  • Michael Foster
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Thank U, Next"
(2018)
"7 Rings"
(2019)
"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored"
(2019)
Music video
"7 Rings" on YouTube

"7 Rings" (stylized in all lowercase) is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). The song was written by Grande, Kaydence, Njomza Vitia, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét alongside its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster, with the interpolation of "My Favorite Things" by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It was released by Republic Records on January 18, 2019, as the second single from the album. [5] The music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, accompanied its release the same day. A remix featuring American rapper 2 Chainz was released on February 1, 2019.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

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<i>Thank U, Next</i> 2019 album by Ariana Grande

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"7 Rings" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It became Grande's second number one single, where it spent 8 non-consecutive weeks at number one, becoming her longest running number one single to date. The song also topped the charts in several other countries including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and reached the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Background and release

Grande first teased the track in the music video for "Thank U, Next", in which the first few seconds of the instrumental are used in the opening sequence, and the license plate of the car she drives reads "7 RINGS". [6] The day after the video was released, Grande confirmed the existence of "7 Rings" and revealed the moment that inspired it on Twitter:

Thank U, Next (song) 2018 single by Ariana Grande

"Thank U, Next" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, released as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name (2019). The song was released on November 3, 2018, without any prior official announcement or promotion. The track was written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster. Lyrically, the song reflects on Grande's past relationships.

Ariana Grandevia Twitter
@ArianaGrande

well ............. 'twas a pretty rough day in nyc. my friends took me to tiffany's. we had too much champagne. i bought us all rings. 💍 it was very insane and funny. & on the way back to the stu[dio] njomza was like 'bitch, this gotta be a song lol'. so we wrote it that afternoon.

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1 December 2018 [7]

The singer described the song as "a friendship anthem", later posting the single's artwork on Instagram along with its release date, January 18. [8]

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Composition and lyrics

Victoria Monet (pictured in 2017) co-wrote "7 Rings". Victoria Monet1.jpg
Victoria Monét (pictured in 2017) co-wrote "7 Rings".

"7 Rings" is a trap-pop and R&B song that runs for 2 minutes and 58 seconds. [9] [1] [4] [3] It features a heavy bass [10] and sees Grande discuss "how global success has allowed her to enjoy the finer things". [11] Billboard magazine noted it's "the most hip-hop-leaning song Grande has released in the post- Sweetener era yet, with Grande almost rapping the song's verses". [10]

Trap is a style of hip hop music that was developed in the late 1990s to early 2000s in the Southern United States. It is typified by sub-divided hi-hats, heavy, sub-bass layered kick drums in the style of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, typically in half time syncopated rhythms, layered with drones expressed by muted or slightly muted abstract or orchestral synthesizers and an overall melancholy to dark ambience and lyrical content. The term "trap" referred to places where drug deals take place. In the 2010s, artists crossbred trap with dubstep to create trap EDM.

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Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music.

The song channels the melody of The Sound of Music 's "My Favorite Things" in the verses: "Breakfast at Tiffany's/And bottles of bubbles/Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble/Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines/Buy myself all of my favorite things". [12] The song also interpolates The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Gimme the Loot" in the bridge. [13]

Grande described the song as a "friendship anthem" that "evolves" from previous single "Thank U, Next", while embracing a new chapter. [14] She opens up about how her break-up with Pete Davidson led her to "treating her friends instead". [11]

In March 2019, Imagem/Concord Music, which owns the Rodgers & Hammerstein publishing rights, was granted 90 percent of the song's songwriting royalties. [15]

"7 Rings" is written in the key of C# minor in common time with a tempo of 70 beats per minute. The song contains rapping segments however in the singing parts, Grande's vocals spans from G#3 to C#5 [16]

Critical reception

Rolling Stone 's Brittany Spanos was positive of "7 Rings", calling it "dangerously fun, and as deliriously intoxicating as the champagne at Tiffany’s with all your best bitches." [17] Jamieson Cox from Pitchfork was mixed in her review, said the song "[is] a letdown given all of the hype. This is The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things" as flipped by Regina George, and its sneering tone is a far cry from Sweetener's benevolence..." [18] Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal praised Grande's vocals as "smooth and crystalline with a retro vibe to it" and said Grande has shown "consistency with the radio singles that she has put out, and each song stands out from a sonic and lyrical standpoint. "7 rings" is no different." [19] The Atlantic 's editor Spencer Kornhaber criticized the song, writing "[the single] is raising hackles because it regresses to a more cartoonish, and imitative, use of black music than she's done before (not to mention the video's evocation of Japanese kawaii). She's wearing the culture as a costume—or even as a joke—not unlike white frat guys putting on fake grills for a "ratchet" party." [3]

Commercial performance

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Grande is the third female artist to have two or more songs that debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, joining Mariah Carey (3) and Britney Spears (2).

On January 19, 2019, Grande's manager Scooter Braun tweeted that "7 Rings" broke the record for the most streamed song in 24 hours on Spotify, receiving 14.9 million streams globally, which beat the previous record held by Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by over 4 million streams. [20] However, only 8,554,577 of these counted towards Spotify's Top 200 chart dated January 18, 2019. [21]

In the United States, "7 Rings" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 issue dated February 2, 2019, becoming Grande's second number-one single, following "Thank U, Next", and the 33rd song to do so. With this, Grande joined Carey (3) and Britney Spears (2) as the only female artists with multiple number-one debuts; overall she is the fifth artist after Justin Bieber and Drake. Grande also became the first artist to have their first two number-ones debuted at the top spot. Among component charts, "7 Rings" debuted at the top of the Streaming Songs chart with 85.3 million US streams in the week ending January 24, 2019, according to Nielsen Music; the sum marked the second-biggest streaming week ever for a song by a female artist (after the aforementioned "Thank U, Next"). It also debuted at number one on the Digital Songs chart with 96,000 downloads. [22] As the second single to her fifth album Thank U, Next , Grande has two singles that debuted at number one on the chart, making Grande the third artist in history to have an album with two songs that debuted at number one on the Hot 100, after Drake's Scorpion in 2018 and Mariah Carey's Daydream in 1995. [23] "7 Rings" held the top spot for a fourth week following the release of her album Thank U, Next , blocking her singles "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" (which debuted at number two), and "Thank U, Next" (which rose up to number three). With three songs on the top 3, Grande became the first artist in history since The Beatles in 1964 to occupy the top 3 spots on the chart and the first solo artist to achieve this record. [24]

In the UK, "7 Rings" became Grande's fourth number one in the country. The single sold 126k units, becoming Grande's biggest opening week. It also set the record for the most streams of a song in a week with 16.9 million streams. [25] On the issue dated 21 February 2019, "7 Rings" was replaced by "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored", making Grande the second female artist to occupy the top two positions on the UK Singles Chart and the first female artist to self-replace on the top of the chart. The song reclaimed the summit position the following week, pushing "Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" down to number two, and thus making Grande the first artist in the chart's history to self-replace for two consecutive weeks. [26]

In Australia, the song debuted at number one, becoming Grande's 3rd number one single. [27]

Music video

Background and reception

Grande shared a preview of the music video on January 14, 2019. [28] The video itself premiered on January 18, 2019 on Grande's YouTube channel. The video features many of Grande's close friends, with whom a shopping trip inspired the song. [29]

The music video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who also directed the music videos for Grande's previous singles, "Breathin" and "Thank U, Next". [30]

Billboard magazine called the pink-colored video "sassy", as Grande and her friends flash their diamond rings at a luxurious party in a "mansion that's decked with diamonds, graffiti, and a champagne tower". [10] Digital Journal gave it an A rating, calling it "distinct and remarkable. It is creative and artistic and it will resonate with her fans." [19] The "7 Rings" music video earned 23.6 million views in its first 24 hours, becoming the biggest debut of 2019 so far. [31]

Synopsis

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Grande pours wine over a tower of plastic-glass cups.

The video begins with and intro and pick undertone, outside a house that involved other sounds such as police sirens and helicopters, while at the same time showing many women posing on cars and caressing each other. Then it shows the title saying "7 Rings" (also stylised as つのリング). [32] [33] The song then begins with Grande outside showing a far shot showing Grande and many other women, which then transitions to Grande in the kitchen with added pink LED lights around her. She is shown wearing jewellery around her neck, ears and some on her hair. She also sports pink hair extensions. The scene then moves to a party that shows Grande and backup dancers dancing, and drinking wine. [34] Afterwards, the next scene depicts Grande in front of a tower of plastic-glass cups that are all filled with water. The scene after shows Grande pouring a wine bottle over them and also showing Grande's real life friends including Alexa Luria and singer/songwriter Victoria Monét (who also contributed songwriting to the track). [35] The next scene then shows Grande laying down on the staircase with Rapunzel-inspired ponytail, also signifying her ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson's apartment. [36] While also still showing scenes earlier in the video, a scene also shows Grande pouring a wine bottle over the tower of cups which end up falling down. The next scene involves a Barbie-inspired house showing Grande in a pink latex outfit (similar to Dangerous Woman). It then shows Grande ripping the wallpaper giving availability for her to peek inside. The final change is of Grande in a room with green lights giving resemblance to Wicked. The final scenes are of Grande outside with all her friends and backup dancers including her dog Toulouse. In conclusion it shows Grande saying "My bitches right here" which leads to the ending of the music video. [37]

Plagiarism accusations

Grande was accused by American rapper Princess Nokia for plagiarism of her song "Mine". [38] [39] [40] American rappers Soulja Boy and 2 Chainz also accused Grande of plagiarizing their respective songs "Pretty Boy Swag" and "Spend It". [41] However, after severe backlash from fans, Princess Nokia deleted the video accusing Grande around the same time the remix with 2 Chainz was released. [39] [40] Grande would later appear on the track "Rule the World" from 2 Chainz's fifth studio album Rap or Go to the League (2019).

Track listing

  1. "7 Rings" – 2:58
  1. "7 Rings (Remix)" featuring 2 Chainz – 2:58
  1. "7 Rings" (Explicit) – 2:58
  2. "7 Rings" (Edited) – 2:58

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal. [45]

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100) [46] 24
Australia (ARIA) [47] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [48] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [49] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [50] 6
Brazil Streaming (ABPD) [51] 16
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [52] 1
CIS (Tophit) [53] 3
Canada CHR/Top 40 ( Billboard ) [54] 1
Canada Hot AC ( Billboard ) [55] 22
Colombia (National-Report) [56] 36
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) [57] 49
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [58] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten) [59] 2
Ecuador (National-Report) [60] 23
Estonia (IFPI) [61] 1
Europe (Euro Digital Songs) [62] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [63] 1
France (SNEP) [64] 2
Germany (Official German Charts) [65] 4
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI) [66] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40) [67] 1
Hungary (Stream Top 40) [68] 1
Iceland (Tonlist) [69] 1
Ireland (IRMA) [70] 1
Israel (Media Forest) [71] 1
Italy (FIMI) [72] 5
Japan (Japan Hot 100) [73] [74] 21
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20) [75] 6
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard) [76] 7
Malaysia (RIM) [77] 1
Mexico Airplay ( Billboard ) [78] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [79] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [80] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [81] 1
Norway (VG-lista) [82] 1
Portugal (AFP) [83] 1
Romania (Airplay 100) [84] 87
Russia Airplay (Tophit) [85] 7
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [86] 1
Singapore (RIAS) [87] 1
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [88] 1
South Korea (Gaon) [89] 26
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [90] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [91] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [92] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [93] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 [94] 1
US Adult Top 40 ( Billboard ) [95] 14
US Dance Club Songs ( Billboard ) [96] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [97] 1
US Rhythmic ( Billboard ) [98] 3
Venezuela (National-Report) [99] 3

Remix

Chart (2019)Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) [100] 21

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [101] Platinum70,000^
Canada (Music Canada) [102] 2× Platinum160,000^
France (SNEP) [103] Gold100,000*
Italy (FIMI) [104] Gold25,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
New Zealand (RMNZ) [105] Platinum30,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [106] Platinum40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [107] Platinum600,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

RegionDateFormatVersionLabelRef.
VariousJanuary 18, 2019Original Republic [108]
United StatesJanuary 22, 2019 Contemporary hit radio [109]
VariousFebruary 1, 2019Remix featuring 2 Chainz [110]
April 5, 2019 7'' vinyl Original and edited version
April 12, 2019 Cassette tape

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