90 percent of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” royalties are going to the estates of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, The New York Times reports. The thank u, next track interpolates “My Favorite Things,” a The Sound of Music record written by the duo in 1959. Rodgers and Hammerstein died in 1979 and 1960, respectively.
Even though the song credits 10 songwriters, the majority of the songwriting royalties will head to Rodgers and Hammerstein. The New York Times states Grande’s label Republic Records brought “7 Rings” to Concord — the music company that’s owned Rodgers and Hammerstein’s catalog since 2017 — a few weeks before the single was shared in January. Concord then requested 90% of royalties for the license without further negotiation and a deal was struck.
Back in February, Ariana’s tracks and personality earned her the prestigious “Most Followed Woman” achievement on Instagram.