Ariana Grande reportedly giving 90% of “7 Rings” royalties to “My Favorite Things” songwriters

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the 1959 song Grande interpolates on her hit single.

March 20, 2019
Ariana Grande reportedly giving 90% of “7 Rings” royalties to “My Favorite Things” songwriters Ariana Grande attends Billboard's 13th Annual Women In Music event at Pier 36 in New York City on on December 6, 2018.   Angela Weiss/ Getty

Ariana Grande is reportedly paying 90% of the money made by her hit single "7 Rings" to Rodgers and Hammerstein, whose “My Favorite Things" the song interpolates.

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The New York Times reports that despite having 10 credited writers, "7 Rings" songwriting royalties are heavily tilted in favor of the estates of the two songwriters, who passed away in 1979 and 1960 respectively. The report suggests that Grande's label, Republic, did not attempt to negotiate with the requested 90% rate for use of the song when they approached Concord, a company which has owned the rights to Rodgers and Hammerstein's music since 2017.

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the original, which is sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music song in 1959. John Coltrane recorded a version of the song for the title track of his 1961 album while U.K. group Big Brovaz also interpolated the original on their 2003 single "Favourite Things."


Ariana Grande reportedly giving 90% of “7 Rings” royalties to “My Favorite Things” songwriters