Ariana Grande Signs Away 90% of '7 Rings' Royalties

The New York Times reports that Ariana Grande signed away 90% of the songwriting royalties for the song to Rodgers and Hammerstein, as much of its melody is lifted from the famed songwriting duo’s 1959 classic, “My Favorite Things,” featured in The Sound of Music (bottom video).

Rodgers and Hammerstein, who died in 1979 and 1960 respectively, are just two of 10 songwriters on the track, including Grande. But the Times reports that when the singer’s team at Republic Records went in to make a licensing deal just weeks before the song’s January release, they agreed to the percentage request without further negotiation with Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog.- Youtube



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