“Happiness is the same price as red bottoms”
Ariana Grande is all about rings and things on the aptly titled “7 Rings,” which is the third single from her upcoming album, Thank U, Next — her fifth studio LP. The track is said to be based on a real-life event — according to reports, Ari bought engagement rings for herself and six of her closest friends after her breakup with Pete Davidson. The song was written that very day and even references that shopping trip.
The first two verses are sung to the tune of “Favorite Things” from Sound of Music, with Ariana singing about overcoming her tribulations with the help of retail therapy. She revels in materialism and brings her girls along for the ride.
Sonically, the song is very nü Beyoncé, especially on the third verse, which sounds like it could be something from Lemonade or Beyoncé. The video is trap-meets-Harajuku, with Ariana and a gaggle of girls partying in Japanese-inspired gear at a house that appears to be modeled after 2 Chainz’s famed trap house — complete with the pink finishing and black graffiti on the walls.
Overall, the song is no “Thank U, Next,” but it’s definitely something you can nod your head to. Check it out below.