Ariana Grande 7 Rings GIFs Description

“7 Rings GIFs” is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her fifth studio album Thank U, Next (2019). The song was written by Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, Njomza Vitia and Kaydence alongside its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster. It contains an interpolation of “My Favorite Things” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, thus both are also credited as songwriters. It was released by Republic Records on January 18, 2019, as the second single from the album. The music video, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, accompanied its release the same day. A remix featuring American rapper 2 Chainz was released on February 1, 2019.

“7 Rings GIFs” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, earning Grande her second number one single (and second number one debut), where it spent 8 non-consecutive weeks atop the chart, becoming her longest running number one single to date. In addition, the single is also Grande’s longest chart runner on the Hot 100 to date, spending 33 consecutive weeks before dropping out. The song also topped the charts in 19 countries,

Background and release

A few weeks prior to the track’s release, Republic Records contacted Imagem/Concord Music, who owns the Rodgers & Hammerstein publishing rights, and agreed to give them 90 percent of the song’s songwriting royalties, in order to acquire the rights to release the song. Grande first teased the track in the music video for “Thank U, Next”, in which the first few seconds of the instrumental are used in the opening sequence, and the license plate of the car she drives reads “7 Rings GIFs”. The day after the video was released, Grande confirmed the existence of “7 Rings GIFs” and revealed the moment that inspired it on Twitter.

The singer described the song as “a friendship anthem”, later posting the single’s artwork on Instagram along with its release date, January 18.

Composition and lyrics

“7 Rings GIFs” is a trap-pop, R&B and rap song that runs for 2 minutes and 58 seconds. It features a heavy bass and sees Grande discuss “how global success has allowed her to enjoy the finer things”. Billboard magazine noted it’s “the most hip-hop-leaning song Grande has released in the post-Sweetener era yet, with Grande almost rapping the song’s verses”.

The song channels the melody of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things” in the verses: “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 also interpolates The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Gimme the Loot” in the bridge.

Grande described the song as a “friendship anthem” that “evolves” from previous single “Thank U, Next”, while embracing a new chapter. She opens up about how her break-up with Pete Davidson led her to “treating her friends instead”.

“7 Rings GIFs” is written in the key of C# minor in common time with a tempo of 70 beats per minute. The song contains rapping segments however in the singing parts, Grande’s vocals spans from G#3 to C#5.

Critical reception

The song received mixed to positive reviews. Rolling Stone‘s Brittany Spanos was positive of “7 Rings GIFs”, calling it “dangerously fun, and as deliriously intoxicating as the champagne at Tiffany’s with all your best bitches.” Markos Papadatos from Digital Journal praised Grande’s vocals as “smooth and crystalline with a retro vibe to it” and said Grande has shown “consistency with the radio singles that she has put out, and each song stands out from a sonic and lyrical standpoint.

“7 Rings GIFs” is no different.” Jamieson Cox from Pitchfork was mixed in her review and said the song “[is] a letdown given all of the hype. This is The Sound of Music‘s ‘My Favorite Things’ as flipped by Regina George, and its sneering tone is a far cry from Sweetener‘s benevolence…” The Atlantic‘s editor, Spencer Kornhaber, criticized the song, writing.

7 Rings GIFs Music video

Background and reception

Grande shared a preview of the music video on January 14, 2019. The video itself premiered on January 18, 2019 on Grande’s YouTube channel. The video features many of Grande’s close friends, with whom a shopping trip inspired the song.

The music video was directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who also directed the music videos for Grande’s previous singles, “Breathin” and “Thank U, Next”.

Billboard magazine called the pink-colored video “sassy”, as Grande and her friends flash their diamond rings at a luxurious party in a “mansion that’s decked with diamonds, graffiti, and a champagne tower”. Digital Journal gave it an A rating, calling it “distinct and remarkable. It is creative and artistic and it will resonate with her fans.” The “7 Rings GIFs” music video earned 23.6 million views in its first 24 hours.

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