By Kimberlee Smith

WALESKA, Ga – Do you know which top songs are playing on the radio? Here are the stories and meanings behind the songs topping the Billboard 100 for the week of February 2nd, 2019.

“7 Rings” by Ariana Grande (Lyrics)

Released on January 18th, 2019 after “Thank You, Next” and “Imagine”, “7 Rings” is about Grande flaunting her wealth and possessions. The “seven” rings refers to the Diamond Friendship rings she purchased for her six closest friends while she lived in New York: Victoria Monet, Courtney Chipolone, Alexa Luria, Tayla Parx, Njomza, and Kaydence Kruysik. Four of the six are credited on the song.

Fans and musicians alike praised this track for the rap flow that Grande delivered and for the style of music, which resembles Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. She subtly refers to the recent hardships in her life in the song, equating them to material objects. The line, “Wearing a ring but ain’t gon’ be no “Mrs.”” refers to her ex-fiancée Pete Davidson. Grande’s “Retail Therapy” is an escape from recent hardships: the Manchester bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend and close friend Mac Miller, and her failed engagement.

“7 Rings” seems to equate happiness with wealth. The second verse, “whoever said money can’t solve your problems must not have had enough money to solve ’em,”  reflects the mentality of a rich girl who always gets what she wants. Although these lyrics  also be seen as a song about being rich and getting whatever you want because you are famous.

Overall, I would give the song a seven out of ten I believe that the song is about women empowerment and appeals to the hip hop audience or materialistic youth while talking about all of the expensive things she owns. This song is different from Grande’s other works which talk about falling in love or being with a person she likes. “7 Rings” is solely about hyping herself up and subtly saying that she doesn’t need a man to get her all of these things. The song’s high rating is based mostly on the flow of the song, as well as my preferences for women singers who rap, like Beyoncé. I don’t think that she should be telling her audience that money equals money because many people are happy without having a cent to their name. That is not a positive to convey, pushing my rating down.

I’m excited for her new album which is the same name as her previously chart-topping song, “Thank You, Next.” The album comes out Feb. 8th and if the songs are anything like this one, I’ll be sure to pre-order it as fast as possible!

 


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