Ariana Grande accused of plagiarism

NEW YORK • Ariana Grande's new single, 7 Rings, may have racked up the biggest number of plays on streaming platform Spotify in one day, but the song has not won a ringing endorsement from some artists.

They are accusing her of plagiarism after 7 Rings chalked up 14,966,544 global plays on Spotify after it was rolled out last Friday.

That tally easily overtook the previous record of 10,819,009 Spotify streams for All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, that was set on Dec 24.

On 7 Rings, which begins with a riff on The Sound Of Music's My Favourite Things, Grande raps about being able to buy Tiffany rings for her friends because she has a lot of money.

But rapper Princess Nokia is not impressed, posting that 7 Rings borrows from her song Mine, incorporating a similar beat and even some lyrics.

"Does that sound familiar to you? 'Cause that sounds really familiar to me," she wrote. "Ain't that the lil song I made about brown women and their hair?"

Another artist, Soulja Boy, has asked Grande for "credit. Period.", tweeting that 7 Rings sounds like his single, Pretty Boy Swag, reported the Vulture entertainment portal.

Meanwhile, rapper 2 Chainz has protested that the chorus in 7 Rings echoes that of his song Spend It.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline 'Ariana Grande accused of plagiarism'. Print Edition | Subscribe