Ariana Grande has come under fire for her latest single, being accused of ripping off the lyrics and flow for ‘7 Rings’.
On Friday, Ariana Grande released ‘7 Rings’, the latest single from her upcoming album, thank u, next. Described as a “friendship anthem”, the track takes influence from a recent shopping trip Grande went on, where she bought herself and six of her friends rings following her breakup from Pete Davidson.
The song itself is a pretty stellar jam, starting with lyrics that reference ‘My Favorite Things’ from The Sound Of Music. However, even a quick glance at the Genius web page for this song shows that fans have begun to notice a few more similarities on the new track.
The comparisons first started showing up soon after the release of ‘7 Rings’, when a TV host noted that the track’s chorus flow sounds rather similar to that of Soulja Boy’s ‘Pretty Boy Swag’.
Of course, accusations of ripping off Soulja Boy are rather timely, with the rapper himself accusing Drake of similar behaviour just days ago.
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While the similarities between ‘7 Rings’ and ‘Pretty Boy Swag’ can sort of be heard, fans have also noted that the chorus lyrics of “I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it” sound rather close to 2 Chainz’s ‘Spend It’, which has lyrics that note “It’s mine, I spend it, it’s mine, I spend it”.
However, the most vocal critic of Ariana Grande’s new tune is undoubtedly Princess Nokia who took to Twitter recently to explain that ‘7 Rings’ sounds awfully close to her own tune, ‘Mine’.
Check out Princess Nokia’s ‘Mine’:
“Does that sound familiar to you? Because that sounds really familiar to me,” Princess Nokia wrote in a since-deleted Tweet. “Sounds about white.”
The lyrics that Nokia is referring to comes from the chorus of her own track, which see her rapping the line “It’s mine, I bought it, it’s mine, I bought it”.
While we can definitely see this similarity a little bit more, folks over at Genius have weighed in on the matter, noting that all of these tracks are likely drawing inspiration from Shirley Ellis’ 1965 track, ‘I See It, I Like It, I Want It’.
Needless to say, all these accusations of plagiarism are looking a little messy at this point, but we’re sure that it’ll all get straightened out before long.