Ariana Grande may have broken Spotify streaming records, with her “7 Rings” racking up nearly 15 million plays in 24 hours, but the pop star’s chart-smasher is seemingly bringing her a great deal of trouble.
Multiple artists have accused Ariana Grande of plagiarising their work as the singer broke the internet with “7 Rings”, the second official single off her fifth album, “thank u, next”.
The song, Grande claims, was written after a lavish day out with friends in which she purchased each of her BFFs a ring at Tiffany’s, although a bunch of artists have their own version about the song’s origins.
After New York City-based rapper Princess Nokia accused Grande of stealing her lyrics and flow from the song “Mine”, rap artists Soulja Boy and 2 Chainz joined the fray, calling out the singer for ripping off their style.
Soulja Boy went on a full-blown Twitter rampage, replying to Grande’s “thank you” thread and accusing her of being a “thief” for using his 2010 hit “Pretty Boy Swag” for her latest track.
Atlanta-based rap star 2 Chainz, in turn, spotted similar visuals that the “7 Rings” neon-lit music video shared with his Pink Trap House cover art from 2017 album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music”:
Princess Nokia specifically pointed to the part involving Grande rapping, “You like my hair?/Gee thanks, I just bought it” – on “Mine”, the New York City-based rap artist repeated the line “It’s mine/I bought it”.
Nokia uploaded a now-deleted video of her listening to Grande’s single before playing “Mine”:
“Does that sound familiar to you? Cause that sounds really familiar to me. Ain’t that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm… sounds about white”, she mockingly said.
While Nokia did not directly mention Grande, she is said to have liked a tweet by a fan who wrote that the pop star “literally steals flows, words, bars from Nokia”.
Ironically, “7 Rings” makes no secret about sampling the Sound of Music classic “My Favourite Things”, as well as The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Gimme The Loote” in the Bridge.
While Ariana has yet to respond to the allegations, Lashuan Ellis, who claims to have written the scandal-hit song for Grande, acknowledged that he had drawn inspiration from Soulja Boy:
In addition to the plagiarism allegations, Grande landed in hot water on Twitter for what social media users described as appropriating black culture.
Grande shared an Instagram story that referred to a lyric frim “7 Rings”: “’You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it’. White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism”.
She’s been widely blasted for her use of African-American vernacular English (AAVE), as well as the excessive layers of fake tan:
After facing a great deal of backlash on social media, the former Nickelodeon starlet apologised for the remark:
“Hi hi… I think her intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative [stereotype] that is [paired] with the word ‘weave’… however I’m so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody”, she wrote.
Grande’s trap-pop single became a smashing success on Spotify, having broken the record for the most streams in a day: “7 Rings” reached 14,966,544 plays within 24 hours of its debut, the pop star’s manager tweeted.