Rodgers & Hammerstein Earning 90% of Ariana Grande ‘7 Rings’ Songwriter Royalties
She saw it, she liked it, she wanted it, she is paying for it.
Ariana Grande has skyrocketed it and broke records in the music industry, especially here lately. Ariana Grande rose to fame starting on Nickelodeon several years ago. Since she broke out on her own to start her music career she has gained a huge fan base. Her music seems to always reach number one but it wasn't until this past summer and fall that she really took off.
Post her break up with Pete Davidson and the death of her longtime (ex) boyfriend, Mac Miller, she took her emotions to her new record. Thus, Thank U, Next was born. Releasing her first single, Thank U, Next, highlighting her exes and new found single life and her third single Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored, Grande was achieving goals she never knew were possible.
One of the songs on the album, 7 Rings, became her second single and fans lost their minds. You might have thought, this sounds so familiar but with a twist. Well, you're right. Remember that little movie The Sound of Music (totally joking, it's a major film and everyone knows it)? Ariana Grande had to get permission to use the song from the film, "My Favorite Things" sung by Julie Andrews.
According to Billboard, "Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who are credited among 10 songwriters on "7 Rings," control 90 percent of the track's songwriting royalties. More specifically, those dollars are received by Concord, the music company that has owned the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog since 2017." Grande and her label, Republic, brought the completed record to Concord just weeks before its release in January. In a nutshell, this was going to be the only way she would be able to release the record (legally). Grande and Republic agreed to the terms and worked in their favor as the hit single, 7 Rings, hit No. 1 on the Top 100 for the sixth time since it's release.