She’s been teasing us about it for weeks. And “7 rings” is finally here!
Following the chart-topping “thank u, next,” Ariana Grande just dropped the second single from her much-awaited new album.
The sizzling new track is all about Ari living life on her own terms, overcoming hardship and celebrating her hard-earned success and her friendships. And her songs seem to be following a certain theme – female empowerment.
The bop gets its name from the 7 matching Tiffany & Co. engagement rings that she and her friends have. She previously shared the anecdote during her Woman Of The Year interview.
“Me and my friends went to Tiffany’s together, just because we needed some retail therapy. You know how when you’re waiting at Tiffany’s they give you lots of champagne? They got us very tipsy, so we bought seven engagement rings, and when I got back to the studio I gave everybody a friendship ring,” she told Billboard.
Ari showed the interviewer the diamond ring on her right hand – Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx were wearing them as well.
“That’s why we have these, and that’s where the song idea came from,” she explained.
When a fan asked about the “purpose” of “7 rings” (as opposed to “thank u, next,” which celebrates the men in her life), Ari replied:
“i guess thank u, next is more vulnerable and gentle lol. seven rings is jus like ….. a flex. friendship anthem. how the homies WANT u to feel. what the ‘thank u next’ energy evolves into while embracing a new chapter (even tho both moods /energies are v present).”
Some of the song’s verses sound like a remixed version of The Sound Of Music’s “My Favorite Things,” and in it, the 25-year-old songstress is owning her enjoyment of the finer things in life. But she’s not just belting out tunes – she’s rapping, too!
And, get this, if the intro sounds like something you’ve heard before – it’s because you have! Give the “thank u, next” video another listen and you’ll see why (hint: pay attention to the first 40 seconds).
“7 rings” is an ode to friendship and Ari and her girls are rocking the scenes in pink, fur and bling.
The video features five of her six besties, or, as Ari puts it, “six of her b—ches” (a.k.a. the other recipients of the rings) – Tayla Parx, Courtney Chipolone, Njomza, Alexa Luria, and Victoria Monet. Here’s who’s who:
Tayla and Victoria co-wrote “thank u, next” with Ari and even performed the song with her on Ellen.
Courtney is one of Ari’s best friends from way back – as in from her days in Boca Raton, Florida. She also appeared in the video for “thank u, next.”
Singer-songwriter Njomza collaborated and is reportedly a close friend of Ariana’s ex, the late Mac Miller. But these girls are tight. In fact, she’s the one who encouraged Ari to write “7 rings.”
“well …………. ‘twas a pretty rough day in nyc. my friends took me to tiffany’s. we had too much champagne. i bought us all rings. 💍 it was very insane and funny. & on the way back to the stu njomza was like ‘b–ch, this gotta be a song lol’. so we wrote it that afternoon,” Ari shared in a tweet, responding to a fan’s question on who came up with the idea for the song.
Alexa and Ari have been friends since they were 10 years old (they met in P.E. class). And she was also in the “thank u, next” video.
The last recipient of the ring was Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk, although she wasn’t in the video. Ari and Kaydence worked on the Sweetener album together.
Another best friend that appeared in the video is Ari’s dog, Toulouse. According to the singer, “T wasn’t originally supposed to be in this video but he literally wouldn’t leave me / set / the shot so.”
The video showcases luxurious sets with champagne towers and super sexy outfits. Ari knows what she wants and goes for what she wants. “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”