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Ariana Grande’s trap twist on a Julie Andrews classic

Kaspars Pastuhovs
Ariana Grande performs “Be Alright” during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Following her hit breakup anthem “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande released her new boujee single “7 Rings” Jan. 17, accompanied by a glamorous pink-themed music video.

The song starts off with Grande softly singing, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s and bottles of bubbles.”

Grande has stated in 2010 that the Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is her all-time favorite movie.

Reworking the Julie Andrews song “My Favorite Things” from the movie “Sound of Music,” Ariana sings “Lashes and Diamonds, ATM machines. Buy myself all of my favorite things.”

Any long-time Grande fan knows she showcased her unique voice in Broadway musicals since she was a kid, so it only makes sense for her to stick to her roots even with her new sound.

“Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch. Who woulda thought it turned me to a savage.”

After a terrorist attack at her concert, losing a long-time friend Mac Miller to an overdose, and breaking off an engagement all in one year, Grande wants to start 2019 and her upcoming album off with a smash.

“7 Rings” isn’t about her previous engagement to actor/comedian Pete Davidson.

Grande stated in a tweet prior to the release that she wrote the song with her best friends after a rough day. After writing the song she decided to do some retail therapy and bought her friends matching Tiffany Co. engagement rings.

Grande states in a tweet “7 rings” is a “friendship anthem, a flex.” And it shows in her lyrics and visuals directed by Hannah Lux Davis.

The video is shot in an all pink house embellished with diamonds, champagne bottles and all of Ariana’s closest female friends.

Not a single male was in the video, promoting her new era of female power.

Davis is the mind behind several of Grande’s music video’s, including “Thank U, Next,” “Breathin” and “Love Me Harder.”

The chorus of the song tells a story of how Grande embraces her wealth but also shares her indulgences with her friends.

Ariana realizes her privilege as a pop-star sensation, and for the first time, flexes on everyone.

“Whoever said money can’t solve your problems, Must have not had enough money to solve ’em,” she sang.

Ariana’s signature look, the ponytail, has been a topic of commentary and criticism for most of her career.

“You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it,” is the one of the most notable lyrics in her song.

She makes a statement by keeping her iconic long ponytail the focal point of many scenes in the video.

One noteworthy moment is when Grande lies on her back as her ponytail cascades down a flight of stairs.

The callback to her previous looks excites fans even more as this highly anticipated single marks the beginning of what seems like a new and improved era for Grande.







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Ariana Grande’s trap twist on a Julie Andrews classic