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Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings breaks Spotify 24-hour record with nearly 15 million streams

But it's not a complete celebration. Since the song's release, a trio of artists have independently accused Grande of plagiarising their work.

Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings breaks Spotify 24-hour record with nearly 15 million streams

Singer Ariana Grande arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, May 7, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

Like her lyrics proclaim: If she wants it, well she's got it. Ariana Grande’s latest single has broken the record for the most streams on Spotify in a day.

7 Rings racked up 14,966,544 streams on Spotify within 24 hours of its debut last Friday (Jan 18), according to Grande’s manager Scooter Braun.

In a tweet announcing the streaming numbers, Braun congratulated Grande and her team, saying “history is being made”.

Grande’s new single bested Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic All I Want For Christmas Is You, which attracted 10,819,009 Spotify streams on Dec 24 last year.

Released with an accompanying visual, 7 Rings sees a marked shift for the 25-year-old singer. The trap-pop single heavily samples My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music and sees the pop princess venturing deep into hip-hop.

Last November, Grande’s surprise single Thank U, Next broke Spotify’s global, single-day streaming record for a female artist by earning nearly 8.2 million streams, followed by 8.5 million the following day.

The song, which debuted at No 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, addresses her highly publicised engagement and subsequent split from Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson and the death of her ex-boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller.

Grande’s foray into hip-hop, however, isn’t well-received by everyone. Since the song's release, a trio of artists have independently accused Grande of plagiarising their work.

New York rapper Princess Nokia took to Twitter a day after the single’s release with a now-deleted video accusing Grande of copying her song “Mine” off her 2017 debut album 1992 Deluxe.

“Does that sound familiar to you ’cause that sounds really familiar to me. Oh my God!” she said in a video. “Ain’t that the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmmm… Sounds about white.”

7 Rings has also been compared to other hip-hop tracks including Soulja Boy’s Pretty Boy Swag, and the rapper is not happy about it.

In a quote of one of Grande’s now deleted tweets, Soulja tweeted, “You’re a thief.”

The rapper also demanded credit from the pop star.

In addition, 2 Chainz has slyly called out Grande, suggesting on Instagram that 7 Rings’ neon-lit Hannah Lux Davis music video, set in a sorority house, bears a few similarities to his Pink Trap House in Atlanta.

Grande has not acknowledged any of these comments.

The single has songwriting credits from Grande, Kaydence, Njomza Vitia, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét alongside its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster.

Source: CNA/jh (gl)

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