Jan 21

Ariana Grande apologizes for her comment on “7 Rings” lyrics as song breaks streaming record

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When Ariana Grande's song "7 Rings" arrived last week, fans were thrilled -- but some rappers weren't.

Specifically, rapper Princess Nokia accused Ari of stealing the lyrics from her song "Mine," in which she says, "Flip the weave, I am a stunner/It’s mine, I bought it/It’s mine, I bought it.” In "7 Rings," Ariana sings, "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, in a now-deleted comment on her Instagram Story, Ariana wrote, "‘You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it’… White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”

This comment upset fans who thought Ariana's flip comment was missing the point. When The Shade Room pointed this out, Ari commented on the post with an apology.

“Hi hi… I think [my] intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stereotype that is paired with the word 'weave,'" she wrote.

"However I’m so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like…to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”

Meanwhile, rapper Soulja Boy has outright accused Ariana of stealing his flow on his song "Pretty Boy Swag" on the rap portion of "7 Rings." He tweeted, "You're a thief @ArianaGrande."

And rapper 2 Chainz feels that "7 Rings" is very similar to the part in his song "Spend It," in which he says, "It's mine/I spend it." He also feels that the "7 Rings" video appropriates imagery from rap videos.

Meanwhile, Ariana's manager Scooter Braun tweeted that "7 Rings" broke the Spotify all-time record for most-streamed song within 24 hours of release, scoring just under 15 million streams.

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   Jan 21

Ariana Grande apologizes for her comment on “7 Rings” lyrics as song breaks streaming record

Republic Records/UMG

When Ariana Grande's song "7 Rings" arrived last week, fans were thrilled -- but some rappers weren't.

Specifically, rapper Princess Nokia accused Ari of stealing the lyrics from her song "Mine," in which she says, "Flip the weave, I am a stunner/It’s mine, I bought it/It’s mine, I bought it.” In "7 Rings," Ariana sings, "You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it/I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, in a now-deleted comment on her Instagram Story, Ariana wrote, "‘You like my hair? Gee, thanks, just bought it’… White women talking about their weaves is how we’re gonna solve racism.”

This comment upset fans who thought Ariana's flip comment was missing the point. When The Shade Room pointed this out, Ari commented on the post with an apology.

“Hi hi… I think [my] intention was to be like… yay a white person disassociating the negative stereotype that is paired with the word 'weave,'" she wrote.

"However I’m so sorry if my response was out of pocket or if it came across the wrong way. Thanks for opening the conversation and like…to everyone for talking to me about it. It’s never my intention to offend anybody.”

Meanwhile, rapper Soulja Boy has outright accused Ariana of stealing his flow on his song "Pretty Boy Swag" on the rap portion of "7 Rings." He tweeted, "You're a thief @ArianaGrande."

And rapper 2 Chainz feels that "7 Rings" is very similar to the part in his song "Spend It," in which he says, "It's mine/I spend it." He also feels that the "7 Rings" video appropriates imagery from rap videos.

Meanwhile, Ariana's manager Scooter Braun tweeted that "7 Rings" broke the Spotify all-time record for most-streamed song within 24 hours of release, scoring just under 15 million streams.

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   Jan 21

Tori Kelly announces new single, “Change Your Mind,” and Acoustic Sessions tour

Capitol RecordsTori Kelly made a successful foray into gospel with her 2018 album Hiding Place, but now it seems she’s heading back into pop territory.

The singer announced her next single will be called “Change Your Mind" and released its cover art, which features what appears to be a photo from her recent wedding to André Murillo -- it's a partial image of a bride clutching her bouquet. The song drops January 25.

Tori will also be hitting the road next month for a brand new tour dubbed The Acoustic Sessions, kicking off February 25 in Tucson, Arizona. "I have a lot of new music to share w/ you on tour...," she teased on Twitter.

The headlining North American trek, which follows her fall 2018 Hiding Place tour, will feature Tori performing stripped-down versions of songs both old and new. It will include a show at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and one at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, before wrapping with an April 13 show in New Orleans.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. local.

Tori's last pop project was her 2015 debut album Unbreakable Smile.

Here is the list of dates:

2/25 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Theatre
2/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Marquee
2/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum
3/2 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
3/5 -- San Diego, CA, Copley Symphony Hall
3/8 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre
3/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
3/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater
3/14 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
3/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Queen Elizabeth
3/17 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
3/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount
3/21 -- St. Paul, MN, The Palace
3/22 -- Omaha, NE, Holland
3/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre
3/26 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
3/28 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
3/29 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live
3/31 -- Toronto, ON, Roy Thomas Hall
4/2 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
4/3 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre
4/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
4/6 -- Lynchburg, VA, Liberty University
4/9 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffrey Theater
4/10 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
4/13 -- New Orleans, LA, The Fillmore

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