Monopoly (song)

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"Monopoly"
Ariana Grande and Victoria Monet - Monopoly.png
Single by Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét
ReleasedApril 1, 2019 (2019-04-01)
Format
Genre Trap-pop [1]
Length2:38
Label Republic
Songwriter(s)
  • Ariana Grande
  • Victoria Monét
  • Charles Anderson
  • Michael Foster
  • Tim Suby
Producer(s)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Rule the World"
(2019)
"Monopoly"
(2019)
Victoria Monét singles chronology
"New Love"
(2018)
"Monopoly"
(2019)
Music video
"Monopoly" on YouTube

"Monopoly" (stylized in all caps) is a song by American singers Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét, released on April 1, 2019 through label Republic Records. The song was written by Grande, Monét, Charles Anderson, Michael Foster, and Tim Suby, with production being handled by Social House and Suby. The music video, which was shot on March 30, 2019 at Mohegan Sun in the hours leading up to a concert scheduled that night, was released alongside the single, and was directed by Alfredo Flores and Ricky Alvarez. [2] [3] [4] [5]

All caps Text with all capital letters

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Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for her wide vocal range and has received such accolades including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award and three American Music Awards.

Victoria Monét American singer

Victoria Monét McCants is an American singer and songwriter. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church and performing in a city dance team. She soon took to writing and began working with producer Rodney Jerkins. Previously signed to Atlantic Records, In 2014, Monét released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and the following year released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2. She has also written songs for artists such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Nas, T.I., GOOD Music, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Coco Jones, Chris Brown, Diddy Dirty Money, Janelle Monáe, and Jasmine V.

Contents

Background

"Monopoly" was originally slated for a March 28, 2019 release [6] but was pushed back to April 1, 2019 to celebrate "7 Rings" 8th week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. [7] Grande said "Monopoly" is about "friendship, freedom, protecting your energy and staying right in your bag." [8]

7 Rings 2019 single by Ariana Grande

"7 Rings" 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. 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.

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.

Lyrics and composition

"Monopoly" is a trap-pop song, leading Uproxx writer Chloe Gilke to call it the "spiritual successor" to Grande's single "7 Rings" which Monét also co-wrote. The song is a celebration of Grande's success, including "7 Rings" charting at number one on the Hot 100 for eight weeks. [1]

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.

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Uproxx is an entertainment and popular culture news website. It was founded in 2008 by Jarret Myer and Brian Brater, and acquired by Woven Digital in 2014. The site's target audience is males aged 18–34. It was acquired by Warner Music Group in August 2018, but Myer and CEO Benjamin Blank will remain in control of the company's operations.

The lyric "I like women and men" garnered significant attention since Monét previously came out as bisexual in November 2018, referencing Frank Ocean's 2017 single "Chanel" which is about his own bisexuality. [9] [10] In response to the attention, Grande opened up about her sexuality and revealed she doesn't label herself, tweeting "i haven’t [labelled myself] before and still don’t feel the need to now 🖤🧚🏼‍♂️ which is okay". [11]

Coming out of the closet, often shortened to coming out, is a metaphor for LGBT people's self-disclosure of their sexual orientation or of their gender identity. The term coming out can also be used in various non-LGBT applications.

Frank Ocean American singer, rapper, songwriter and photographer from Louisiana

Frank Ocean is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and photographer.

Chanel (Frank Ocean song) single

"Chanel" is a song by American singer-songwriter Frank Ocean, released as a single on the second episode of Blonded Radio. A remix featuring American rapper ASAP Rocky was also aired along with the song's premiere.

Grande also sings “Even though we gave up that 90%,” referencing the fact that she had to give up 90% of the royalties for "7 Rings" to Rodgers & Hammerstein due to interpolating the melody of The Sound of Music 's "My Favorite Things". [8]

In popular music, interpolation refers to using a melody—or portions of a melody —from a previously recorded song but re-recording the melody instead of sampling it. Interpolation is often used when the artist or label who owns the piece of music declines to license the sample, or if licensing the piece of music is considered too costly.

<i>The Sound of Music</i> musical

The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children. Many songs from the musical have become standards, such as "Edelweiss", "My Favorite Things", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Do-Re-Mi", and the title song "The Sound of Music".

"My Favorite Things" is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Reception

Vulture praised the song and music video for being a "meme-heavy bisexual bop". [12] NME wrote that following the release of Thank U, Next (2019), "Monopoly" was refreshing to hear, describing the song as "flippant and fun". [13]

<i>New York</i> (magazine) American magazine on life, culture, politics, and style, focusing on New York City

New York is an American biweekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on New York City. Founded by Milton Glaser and Clay Felker in 1968 as a competitor to The New Yorker, it was brasher and less polite, and established itself as a cradle of New Journalism. Over time, it became more national in scope, publishing many noteworthy articles on American culture by writers such as Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, Nora Ephron, John Heilemann, Frank Rich, and Rebecca Traister.

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

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

Thank U, Next is the fifth studio album by American singer Ariana Grande, released on February 8, 2019, by Republic Records. Following the release of her previous studio album Sweetener (2018), Grande began working on a new album in October of the same year, enlisting writers and producers such as Tommy Brown, Max Martin, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Andrew "Pop" Wansel. The album was created in the midst of personal matters, including the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her break up with fiancé Pete Davidson.

The Washington Post , Broadly , and PinkNews reported that certain fans responded negatively to the song, accusing Grande of queerbaiting. [14] [15] [16] Broadly writer Gabrielle Alexa criticized the accusations, stating "the act of speculating only perpetuates attitudes that contribute to the erasure of bisexual women. Grande doesn't have to date a girl in order to count as bisexual. And we shouldn't try to make her prove her sexuality anyways." [15]

Charts

Chart (2019)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [17] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [18] 14
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) [19] 39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [20] 38
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) [21] 45
France (SNEP) [22] 146
Germany (Official German Charts) [23] 98
Greece (Digital Singles Chart) [24] 3
Greece Digital Songs ( Billboard ) [25] 1
Hungary (Single Top 40) [26] 28
Hungary (Stream Top 40) [27] 25
Ireland (IRMA) [28] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [29] 76
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [30] 19
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [31] 21
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) [32] 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [33] 53
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [34] 85
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [35] 23
US Billboard Hot 100 [36] 69

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