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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
🖤7️⃣🌪💎 https://t.co/w0Vlv4Kwsg— 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.
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.
The song’s got them feeling the complete opposite: “This song has me about to make some really irresponsible financial decisions,” quips @lmlyuh.
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:
Fans love the song so much, they think the Grammy-nominated singer’s about to give rappers a run for their money:
“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.