Ariana Grande Signs Away Songwriting Royalties for "7 Rings"

Ariana Grande’s single “7 Rings” is all about the joys that money can buy — and much of the money the song is raking in is actually going to Rodgers and Hammerstein.

The New York Timesthis link opens in a new tab reports that Grande signed away 90 percent of the songwriting royalties for the No. 1 track, as much of its melody is lifted from the famed songwriting duo’s 1959 classic, “My Favorite Things,” featured in The Sound of Music.

Though Julie Andrews’ Maria sang of loving wholesome things like doorbells and kettles, Grande reworked the track into an ode to money and the ability to purchase material items for herself, like diamonds and a house “just for the closet.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein, who died in 1979 and 1960 respectively, are just two of 10 songwriters on the track, including Grande, 25.

But the Times reports that when the singer’s team at Republic Records went in to make a licensing deal just weeks before the song’s January release, they agreed to the percentage request without further negotiation with Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog.

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