Ariana Grande Is Accused Of Copying Princess Nokia On Her New Song “7 Rings”

Advika Hue |Jan 19, 2019

Princess Nokia compared Ariana Grande’s latest single “7 Rings” with her song “Mine” and said they sound too similar.


Ariana Grande’s latest song “7 Rings” was released together with its music video last Friday, 18th of January, making all the dreams of worldwide Arianators came true. While it is reported that Ariana got the inspiration for “7 Rings” from the seven diamond rings that she recently bought from her best friends, some people on Twitter accused that she relied on rapper-singer Princess Nokia’s music to write the chorus. Princess Nokia and her fans are saying that Ariana copied a song of hers called “Mine,” released in 2017 in her 1992 Deluxe album.

The chorus of Ariana’s “7 Ring” reads “I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it. I want it, I got it, I want it, I got it. You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it”. This part was sung with a same synth-heavy rhythm with Mine’s chorus, including the lyrics “Rock my many styles then go natural for the summer” and “It’s mine, I bought it."

Later on the same day, a video comparing those two songs was posted on Instagram by Princess Nokia. She listened to “7 Rings” and “Mine” consecutively, and she seemed to be very confused. Princess Nokia pointed out what she found to be the problem was the lyrics which were based on her own experiences and were written for colored women were now used by a white singer. Showing her curls, she said, “Ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hm. Sounds about white.”

Other fans also pointed out the similarity between those two songs. A Twitter user named @desigay_ said, “LIKE the repetition of ‘I want it, I got it’ and ‘It’s mine, I bought it,’ and the beat is too gd similar.”

Meanwhile, some people are not convinced. One user said that the flow of “7 Rings” is rather common and he can still hear the differences even in the video that Princess Nokỉa posted, “the songs are completely different,” this user wrote. Some even proved that “7 Rings” not only sounds like “Mine” but is also similar to the music of Beyoncé, Soulja Boy, and Gucci Mane.

However, besides arguing whether Ariana is copying “Mine” or not, we definitely need to discuss the imbalanced power of white pop artists and colored artists, especially independent, young and rising artists.

Being asked for further comments, Princess Nokia’s agency refused to give any statement on the issue.


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