Rodgers and Hammerstein are bringing in the cash...
Ariana Grande has reportedly signed away 90 percent of the royalties from ‘7 Rings’ to the estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein, after it sampled their iconic track ‘My Favourite Things.
Grande’s track borrows the tune of the song, which was written by the pair for The Sound Of Music in 1959.
While the hugely influential songwriters died in 1959 and 1970 respectively, The New York Times reports that Grande’s label Republic forged a deal in January with Concord, the music company that has owned Rodgers and Hammerstein’s back catalogue since 2017.
They reportedly agreed on a 90 percent royalties fee in order to grant Grande their license to use the track.
This comes after Gwen Stefani sampled the yodeling from The Sound of Music’s ‘Lonely Goatherd’ for her 2006 track ‘Wind It Up’ – with Rodgers and Hammerstein receiving 50% of the royalties.
Grande’s effort was released on ‘Thank U, Next’ – her second album in six months, following on from 2018’s ‘Sweetener.’
On Tuesday, Grande also kicked off her ‘Sweetener’ world tour with an arena spectacular in Albany, New York.
Posting on Twitter after the show, Ariana wrote: “i really dunno what to say yet. for now, thank you will suffice. a dream come true typeeaa night. i love you. so much. thank you.”
Ariana will now tour the whole of North America – before the ‘Sweetener’ tour heads to Europe later this year. As well as headlining Manchester Pride this year, Grande will be supporting her ‘Sweetener‘ with a long run of dates kicking off in London in August and ending in Zurich in December.