Pop darling Ariana Grande is all over the news this week for a whole slew of reasons.
For one, Grande has been hit with a significant amount of backlash over the new single she just dropped. Not only has she been accused of plagiarism, she also got slammed for coming off as being racially insensitive.
Of course, that’s not the only reason we’ve been seeing her face all over the place. She’s also said on twitter she’ll be releasing more information on her upcoming album this Friday. Oh, and Vogue noted that her lyrics also inspired a bunch of Women’s Mach posters, too.
So, OK, let’s get you caught up on the 7 Rings drama.
First of all, multiple rappers have come out and accused Grande of pilfering their tunes. Princess Nokia, Soulja Boy, and 2 Chainz have all accused the Sweetener singer of stealing.
On January 18, underground rapper Princess Nokia took to social media to call out Grande. In a video, she listens to both 7 Rings followed by her own song Mine.
“Does that sound familiar to you?” She asked her fans. “’Cause that sound really familiar to me. Oh my god. Ain’t that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm… sounds about white.”
Fans of 2 Chainz also pointed out similarities to his 2011 track Spend It. And, if that wasn’t enough, Soulja boy outright demanded credit on Twitter. It seems he too thought the song had similarities to another song – his 2010 track Pretty Boy Swag.
Soulja continued to tweet at Grande, adding “Lol stop stealing my swag. Word” and “You’re a thief”
Making things a bit worse for herself, Grande shared another Instagram user’s post on her Instagram stories.
“You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it,” the post references the lyrics from 7 Rings. “White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism,” it adds, presumably with a sarcastic tone.
Grande, however, interpreted it as a positive post, saying she had “so much love” for the user. Many felt Grande was being racially insensitive and missing the point entirely, saying she lacked awareness. After deleting the post, several news outlets also attempted to call her out.
Grande responded to a call-out by The Shade Room defending herself.
“hi hi,” she said. “I think her intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stariotype [sic] that is paired with the word “weave”… however I’m so sorry if my response was out of pocket or it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like… to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”
As of Monday evening, Grande had not responded to any of the plagiarism accusations.
Scandals aside, the track managed to break the Spotify record for most streams in the first 24 hours of release. Fans listened to the track nearly 15 million times the first day it came out.
Brushing off the controversies over 7 Rings, Grande instead quickly shifted her focus to promoting her upcoming album.
On Monday, she answered fans’ questions on Twitter. In the process, she also made it known that her new album will be available for preorder this Friday. She’ll also be revealing the cover art and track list as well.
Additionally, she also hinted that the album may even be out before Valentine’s Day.
“two albums in six months huh. that’s deep. love u. talk sooon,” Grande tweeted.