Why Ariana Grande's Own Fans Are Boycotting Her Single "7 Rings"

Oscar Cross
February 15, 2019

Ariana Grande dropped her fifth and newest studio album, "thank u, next", last Friday. The slow-moving synth combined with Grande's whispering vocals turn this song into a desperate diary entry, packed with double-meanings and allusions. These are songs about moving on, about finding ways to love yourself in your current form. Grande emotes all these feelings and more across a grand beautifully majestic scale.

While Grande is a singer who talks about millennial narcissism with disarming directness, one can't help but feel there is something more interesting to be found here.

Grande's latest album comes on the heels of her now Grammy award-winning album Sweetener, which she released only a little under six months ago.

Grande recently admitted that she wrote three versions of her hit "Thank U, Next" because her relationship with Davidson was in limbo at the time. One can only question how unhealthy their relationship was when Grande sings, "Give you the whole world/ I'ma need space".

It sounds like no matter how entertained and appreciative she is of her dedicated fans' initiative, she is not ready to just discard her previous song like that so her newest can take its spot. I've seen girls post about this song on social media, so clearly the song strikes a cord with some, but not so much for me. "It was still embracing my mistakes and what I've done, and how everything has contributed to how I am, but it was just less direct", said Grande. "This is really, really, really special and it feels really like something, you know?'" She revealed. The chorus is captivating and the background vocals by Grande push the song in new directions after every verse. Some thought she was taking advantage of free publicity while others saw it as a respectful thank you to Miller.

This song is about Grande's need to not be in a serious relationship after the tragedies and scandals that have surrounded her this past year. Because of her up and down relationship with ex-fiance Pete Davidson. "Putting it in a song made it very, 'OK cool". It continues with the same dream-world beat as "imagine", as though she is still in denial of the negativity.

Crucially, "Bloodline" also solidifies her place as a gay icon. "Feeling badly bc [because] he can tell he can't compare.... and how I should be ghosting him". Grande's past is very public: her concert in May 2017 was bombed in England, her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller passed away in 2018 and she ended her engagement with Pete Davidson one month later. It's about love lost for good. While she still loves them, she just wants to have some time alone. This song is for and about both Miller and Davidson, but is also a testament to Grande's ability to simplify the message. The video sheds some light on one of the album's most eye-catching track titles and has clocked up more than 9 million views (and counting) since its debut. "The only thing you can fix is yourself".

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