Ariana Grande will not take ‘no’ for an answer.
Her “Sweetener” album, released in August 2018 to good reviews, never really got off the ground. It sold a total of 140,000 copies, a disappointment certainly.
But you need hits to tour with, so Ariana is going to rebound fast. She’s planning a new album, called “Thank You, Next” set for February 8th. The song titles include one called “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “NASA.”
Ariana’s already had a big hit with the title song, a jab at ex fiancee Pete Davidson. Now she’s got a second number 1 with “7 Rings,” although that song is plagued by claims of plagiarism. Several acts have claimed that “7 Rings” sounds like their hip hop records. Then, again, “7 Rings” owes its basic melody to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things.” The R&H estate hopefully got a big fee for use of the famous melody.
Ariana is managed by Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, so there’s even more incentive here: Bieber hasn’t released an album in a couple of years and doesn’t seem to have anything on the horizon. Now that he’s a church going young husband, his act and songs may have to be a lot cleaner. And then what will he have to sing about?
The video for “7 Rings” already has 54 million views, by the way.