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Ariana Grande’s new song criticized for similarity to other artist’s music

Ariana Grande’s new song is gaining more popularity, even after recent copying accusations have erupted. According to Billboard, “‘7 Rings’ shines atop the Billboard Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 2.”

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Ariana Grande’s new song is gaining more popularity, even after recent copying accusations have erupted. According to Billboard, “‘7 Rings’ shines atop the Billboard Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 2.”

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Ariana Grande is receiving major backlash after the release of her new song, “7 Rings,” on Jan. 18. The 25 year-old singer has been accused of copying music from rappers Princess Nokia, 2 Chainz and Soulja Boy. There has also been a big conversation over Ariana Grande appropriating black culture recently.

Soulja Boy accused Grande of stealing from his song “Pretty Boy Swag.” The beat and style of singing sounds exactly the same in each song. After her song came out, Grande tweeted, thanking women on her team who helped with the creation of the song. He tweeted her back saying, “Give me my credit. Period.” And another saying, “You’re a thief.”

Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, also known as Princess Nokia, also had an issue with Grande’s lyrics- specifically the verse “You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/ I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”

In Nokia’s song “Mine” she sings, “Flip the weave, I am a stunner / It’s mine, I bought it/It’s mine, I bought it.” The lyrics are practically the same in both wording and meaning. It almost sounds as if Grande took the Nokia’s words and replaced them with synonyms.  In a video of her listening to both songs, Nokia said, “Does that sound familiar to you? ’Cause that sounds really familiar to me.”

Both Nokia, who is Afro-Latina, and critics of Grande took issue with her rapping about weaves, as Grande is a white woman of Italian descent. Nokia’s lyrics were specifically about empowering women of color to embrace their hairstyle of choice, for which they’ve been criticized in the past. With the too-similar lyrics, Grande seems to be taking a part of African American culture and using it even though she is not of that race.  When referencing her own song, Nokia said, “Ain’t that the lil’ song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm… Sounds about white.”

Additionally, 2Chainz accused Grande of copying his 2011 song “Spend It.” Also, there have been speculations about the setting of Grande’s music video and how it is almost identical to 2 Chainz’s music video for his “Doors Swangin.” They both feature pink trap houses. However 2Chainz’s trap house is real. Stationed in Atlanta, 2Chainz’s Pink Trap House not only served as his primary promotional material for his Chainz album but also provided free HIV testing and education to the community.

When played at the same time, these songs are very alike. The style, lyrics and even beat are similar. Grande had to have known before revealing this new song just how alike they are. The singer either needs to respond to these artists calling her out and tell the truth, or she should just not create a song that isn’t original.

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