Ari’s “7 Rings”

Ariana Grande seems to be having several issues over her new single, “7 Rings”. The new single “7 Rings” has been very popular yet highly controversial. As soon as the song had dropped fans started noticing that her song sounded quite similar to other songs by famous artists. Another controversy came from the lyrics of her song involving white people adopting elements from African-American culture.

Fans discovered that she copied song artists Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy. “7 Rings” has the beat and sound of Soulja Boy’s song, “Pretty Boy Swag” and Princess Nokia’s lyrics of “Mine”.

Ariana Grande acknowledged the controversy by reposting a screenshot of what Aminatou Sow said. Sow responded to the song, “You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it, white women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism”. After posting the screenshot, she underwent lots of hate because fans feel like she is missing the point of the backlash she received in the first place.

Eventually, Ariana Grande made a sincere and honest apology about her deleted post. Grande cleared the air by saying, “... I’m so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way… It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”

However, the single “7 Rings” still has many fans. Brigitte Pace is such a huge fan of the song, and she even bought Ariana Grande’s newest album “thank u, next”. As Brigitte described how she feels, she mentions, “I’m a bit disappointed between the controversy because even though she took lyrics and beats from other artists, she mixed it all up and made it into an empowering song for women.”

Others loved the song but, they feel that Grande caused an unneeded backlash. Michelle Maizel is a lover of “7 Rings” and a fan of Ariana who feels that she made a huge mistake by causing disagreement. Michelle expressed her love by explaining, “I could listen to “7 Rings” and the rest of her album for weeks.”

Overall, Ariana Grande has caused a tremendous amount of feuds spanning worldwide. Some agree with her song, others believe that she is unoriginal for copying other artists, and some believe that she is causing more racism.

Freshman Michelle Maizel freely listening to Ariana Grande’s new controversial single “7 Rings”.

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Nikolov

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