Ariana Grande has released another new song, with an accompanying music video, dubbed "7 Rings." It's supposedly about a random shopping trip to Tiffany's when Grande bought herself and her friends matching engagement rings. You know, normal friendship stuff.
The lyrics are basically just an ode to how she rich she is and the music video is reminiscent of Miley Cyrus circa 2013 with Drake's "Hotline Bling" aesthetic. Her diehard fans are calling it her best song and video yet, although admittedly they can't relate, while others are calling it a tacky mess of cultural appropriation. Let's dive in.
From the get-go, you'll recognize the melody of "7 Rings." It borrows a riff from The Sound of Music classic "My Favorite Things," but changes the original lyrics about appreciating the little things to an ode to how money can actually buy happiness.
The lyrics go something like this: "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."
The song’s arrangement then takes a turn for the worse into a mess of fake hip-hop flavor.
"I see it / I like it / I want it / I got it," she says.
Regardless, Grande stans are obsessed with the track.
And everyone's making the same "I'm broke" joke on Twitter.
Music aside, the video is a whole other monster.
Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, the aesthetic of the "7 Rings" video is bright pink, with shades of blue and purple — kinda like Drake's "Hotline Bling" video, Rihanna’s "Work" video, and Justin Bieber’s "What Do You Mean?" video. In other words, this is hardly a new look in the music video realm.
In the video, Grande is throwing a party and dancing with her pals with her tongue out. It's very reminiscent of Miley Cyrus' Bangerz era — especially the "We Can't Stop" and "23" music videos.
When "We Can't Stop" was released, everyone accused Cyrus of cultural appropriation. Many of those same people are applauding Grande's music video. Hmmmm...