Ariana Grande Gave Up Almost All '7 Rings' Royalties
Ariana Grande’s hit “7 Rings” isn’t making much ka-ching for the pop star.
Grande is reportedly getting a tiny fraction of the song’s royalties, according to The New York Times.
Almost all of the cash generated by the track is going to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – both of whom have been dead for at least four decades.
That’s because “7 Rings” starts out with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favourite Things” from 1959's The Sound of Music, albeit with different lyrics.
The Times said that Concord, the company that owns the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue, approved use of the music in return for a 90 per cent cut of royalties.
Grande is sharing the remaining 10 per cent with seven other songwriters.
Grande is not the first pop star to use the duo’s music. Gwen Stefani licensed part of “Lonely Goatherd” from The Sound of Music for her 2006 song “Wind It Up” for 50 per cent of royalties.