Writer(s): Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, Njomza Vitia, Kimberly Krysiuk, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster, Charles Anderson, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II (see lyrics here)
Released: January 18, 2019
First Charted: February 2, 2019
Peak: 18 US, 16 RR, 14 A40, 14 UK, 18 CN, 15 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 1.2 UK, 13.3 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 964.0 video, 963.0 streaming
Awards: (Click on award for more details).
About the Song:
“7 Rings” was the second single from Ariana Grande’s fifth studio album, Thank U, Next. Like the lead single, the album’s title cut, “& Rings” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100. She was the fourth artist – following Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and Drake – to have more than one song debut at #1. It spent eight non-consecutive weeks on top and topped the charts in 19 countries. With nearly 15 million plays on Spotify within its first 24 hours of release, the song set the single-day record for streams. SF
Grande describes the trap-pop, R&B, and rap song as “a friendship anthem” which evolved from her previous single, “Thank U, Next.” WK She tweeted that the song grew out of a “pretty rough day” following her split with comedian Pete Davidson. She and six friends went to Tiffany’s for retail therapy and she bought them all matching rings. She took the advice of one of the friends to turn her feelings into music and wrote “7 Rings” that afternoon. SF
Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos called the song “dangerously fun.” WK Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos referred to Grande’s vocals as “smooth and crystalline with a retro vibe.” WK On the flip side, The Atlantic’s Spencer Kornhaber called the song “cartoonish and imitative.” WK
The song incorporates the melody of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. To get the record released, Republic Records (Grande’s record company) agreed to give Image/Concord Music, the company holding the publishing rights to Rodgers & Hammerstein, 90% of the songwriting royalties. WK
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First posted 4/2/2021.