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Grande first teased “7 Rings” on the “Thank U, Next” video. Fans heard a snippet of the song at the beginning of the clip and spotted the title on the license plate of a convertible in the Legally Blonde segment, leading them to guess that “7 Rings” is a track in her upcoming album. Grande confirmed their theory in response to a fan’s tweet, saying she wrote the song after getting tipsy at Tiffany’s, where she ended up buying rings for herself and her friends.
well …………. ‘twas a pretty rough day in nyc. my friends took me to tiffany’s. we had too much champagne. i bought us all rings. 💍 it was very insane and funny. & on the way back to the stu njomza was like ‘bitch, this gotta be a song lol’. so we wrote it that afternoon. https://t.co/CoczmPj1Fo
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 1, 2018
Fans have been waiting for it since, and Grande herself expertly hyped up the release with teasers and a countdown this week.
七つの指輪「7 Rings」♡ 金曜日 🌫 friday pic.twitter.com/VpJKQOsP7s
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 14, 2019
七つの指輪「7 Rings」♡ 🌪 💎 midnight est / 9pm pst pic.twitter.com/qoTr7fTcut
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 17, 2019
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 17, 2019
The bright pink and blingy music video directed by Hannah Lux Davis pretty much gives us the visuals on what went down that day at Tiffany’s, which led to a cacthy beat that will get us through this Friday.
The melody borrowed a riff from The Sound of Music classic “My Favorite Things,” and Grande updated the lyrics with all the luxurious things she likes and got for herself.
“Yeah, breakfast at Tiffany’s and bottles of bubbles
Girls with tattoos who like getting in trouble
Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines
Buy myself all of my favorite things, yeah”
Naturally, the lyrics and video got everyone feeling broke—and the Twitter memes have rolled in.
“Ariana is basically dragging us broke b*tches with this song and I love it,” tweets @ksjcherry.
— ً (@ksjcherry) January 18, 2019
— Jules (@ju_want_it) January 18, 2019
— Hana ✌🏻 (@Stripes203) January 18, 2019
— Blonde (@AccioBlonde) January 18, 2019
— Victoria (@bigbanksv) January 18, 2019
— #BOYCOTT7RINGS (@billiieeeilish) January 18, 2019
— Sarah McGonagall (@sarahmcgbeauty) January 18, 2019
— chaela (@myforeheadsdark) January 18, 2019
People are especially triggered by this line: “’Whoever said money can’t solve your problems, must not have had enough money to solve ’em’ …. I feel attacked,” wrote @iamnivenshi.
— Niven (نيفن) (@iamnivenshi) January 18, 2019
— ✨Ariana Grande’s Wig 💕 (@BaraTiddys) January 18, 2019
— james (@Dangerousm8) January 18, 2019
ArianaGrande: "whoever said money can't solve your problems, must not have enough money to solve 'em."
Everyone with 0 dollars in your bank account pic.twitter.com/Lj6oFVGpsu
— UltraInstinct (@shanshan888888) January 18, 2019
— Devin🐺 (@GeauxDevin) January 18, 2019
The song’s got them feeling the complete opposite: “This song has me about to make some really irresponsible financial decisions,” quips @lmlyuh.
— 𝐣𝐞𝐬𝐬 (@lmlyuh) January 18, 2019
Ariana: "I see it , I want it.."
— a boy has no name (@birthinreverse9) January 18, 2019
— 𝓀𝓇𝒾𝓈𝓉𝒾𝒶𝓃𝒶 ☆*. (@bIushbby) January 18, 2019
— 「dani™」 (@monostalgics) January 18, 2019
me knowing damn well i’m poor: pic.twitter.com/UVJd6Tkv3e
— mar (@AdMiREtHeliES) January 18, 2019
— ROMAN🦄🎀 (@pettyminajjj) January 18, 2019
— Dakota (@honeypotgrande) January 18, 2019
— ✨Maya✨ (@MayaAallen) January 18, 2019
— kaylee (@kaylee_bassett) January 18, 2019
— rob (@rihannanaI) January 18, 2019
We have come to expect Grande’s new songs and videos to cause Twitter to unleash a wealth of memes, and boy, users did not disappoint:
tomorrow when I get paid pic.twitter.com/rqXRDjKv38
— Martin (@BhaddieLaBelle) January 18, 2019
— Marcos💕 (@Gaymerfab) January 18, 2019
— Nicole (@tapreign) January 18, 2019
ariana grande: "i got my receipts, be lookin' like phone numbers
if it ain't money, then wrong number"
— emily rose (@emilyrgxo) January 18, 2019
— gastt (@itsgastt) January 18, 2019
— ℳoonlight ۵ (@saraxtoulouse) January 18, 2019
Fans love the song so much, they think the Grammy-nominated singer’s about to give rappers a run for their money:
Ariana Grande : *makes 7 Rings*
Every other rapper : pic.twitter.com/Dxc8TDgo4v
— Chris S. (@heyitschris_s) January 18, 2019
— salwa (@salyonce) January 18, 2019
— kay is watching DNA mv (@cyphersoty) January 18, 2019
“7 Rings” is definitely the perfect anthem to celebrate this weekend with your friends, but it should come with a warning: Hang on to your wallets. (Also, maybe don’t get drunk at Tiffany’s.)
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.