Thank U, Next To Ariana Grande’s Record Breaking Release, “7 Rings” (Review)

Ariana Grande’s new song “7 Rings” channels a few of the pop star’s favorite things.

Ariana has dropped three new songs in recent weeks, including the record-breaking chart-topper, “Thank u, Next,” “Imagine” and “7 Rings.” One taught me love, one taught me patience and one taught me pain.

On “7 Rings,” Ariana samples the melody from Julie Andrews’ “My Favorite Things.” It’s worth mentioning Ariana, a musicals stan, has a writing credit on the track – this was definitely her doing. “Been through some bad s–t / I should be a sad b–ch / Who woulda thought it’d turn me into a savage,” she purrs.

It’s also worth mentioning that the track sounds very familiar. Princess Nokia put Ari on blast claiming it sounds like her song, “Mine” off her 2017 mixtape, 1992 Deluxe. “7 Rings” also shares a likeness to Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag” (listen to the comparisons at the bottom of the post). Unfortunately, there’s nothing original about “7 Rings.”

The song is inspired from getting tipsy off champagne with her friends and impulse buying them all rings from Tiffanys. In a time where the US government is shut down, but employees are still expected to work and not get paid, “7 Rings” feels very tone deaf. It’s just bad timing. “Wearing a ring, but ain’t gon’ be no ‘Mrs.’ Buy matching diamonds for six of my b–ches / I’d rather spoil all my friends with my riches.”

The R&B-tinged track certainly flips “Thank U, Next” on its head, but not in a good way. Ariana chops up the chorus into bits then sprinkles an icy trap beat on top for much-needed flavor –– like adding A1 sauce to an overcooked slab of sirloin. It’s like she wanted to give Sweetener song “The Light Is Coming” a sibling. That track was meant to be an only child.



In the video, Ariana serves looks; she looks hot as f–k. But very curious why she’s shown on several occasions down on all fours, wagging her legs. I think when it comes to “7 Rings…” less is more.

Regardless, the track is now the most-streamed song on Spotify in a single day with 14.96 million plays in its first 24 hours. That bests Mariah Carey, who recently took the record with “All I Want For Christmas Is You” this past Christmas with 10 million streams.

Rating: 6/10

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