"7 Rings" interpolates the melody of "My Favorite Things," an iconic song written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for "The Sound of Music" in 1959.
Ariana Grande has signed away 90% of her royalties from "7 Rings," the controversial (yet wildly popular) second single from her most recent album.
According to the New York Times, Grande's label Republic cut a deal with Concord, the music company that has owned the late songwriters' back catalog since 2017. The percentage is remarkably large cut to give songwriters for a sample, particularly in the absence of a lawsuit, but it's not unprecedented.
The New York Times reports that Grandehas signed away 90% of her "7 Rings" royalties to the estate of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the iconic songwriting duo who died in 1959 and 1970, respectively.