“7 Rings” is all about enjoying the finer, aka expensive, things in life. Given its success, you’d think Ariana Grande is rolling in it. Surprisingly, she only receives a small cut. With that being said, a small portion of a whackload of money is still substantial.
Since the trap-pop anthem samples “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, naturally the original composers receive a cut. Shockingly, the 25-year-old diva signed away 90% of the songwriting royalties to Rodgers & Hammerstein. Reportedly, Grande’s team accepted Concord’s (the company who owns the rights) first offer without negotiating.
Concord’s chief publishing executive Jake Wisely told the New York Times that Ariana‘s song “wouldn’t exist in its current form were it not for ‘My Favorite Things.’”
That leaves the remaining 10% to be divided among the other eight songwriters credit on the track. That’s roughly 1.25% in royalties Grande receives.
What’s interesting though is back in 2006, Gwen Stefani sampled a track from The Sound of Music as well. She interpolated “The Lonely Goatherd” for her hit song “Wind It Up” off The Sweet Escape. Reportedly, Stefani sacrificed only 50% of the writing royalties for that hit.
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Ariana Grande ‘7 Rings’ Music Video