Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” drops Friday … and we’re told Ariana and Co. expect the song will become an anthem for female empowerment … with more than a mention of retail therapy as a cure for breakups.
Sources involved in the recording say “7 Rings” wasn’t just a random song title … the name was inspired by something that happened shortly after her breakup with Pete Davidson. Ariana went out with her girls on a shopping spree, meandered into a jewelry store and bought 7 engagement rings for her friends.
One verse goes like this …
They say money doesn’t solve your problems
Whoever said that must not have enough money to solve them.
The lyrics also reference her breakups — just like “Thank U, Next”
“7 Rings” is Ariana’s first single since releasing “Thank U, Next” … and her people think the new song will do at least as well as its predecessor.
We’re told the song will also feature a new music video.
Ariana Grande is a hard left turn for Coachella, but it’s a turn that was made consciously and involves women, empowerment and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Sources connected with production tell TMZ, choosing Ariana to headline the festival was a little tricky. There have only been 3 other women who headlined — Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Bjork — and Beyonce’s appearance last year made it all the more daunting to choose a female artist who would not stand in Bey’s shadow.
We’re told the pick was designed to showcase female empowerment, noting Ariana has been through hell recently but always managed to pick herself up and move forward. Our sources say everyone involved in the decision believes Ariana can measure up to Beyonce … and they believe it will resonate especially with women. As one source put it, “Ariana is inspirational, and millions of people, particularly women, will connect with her.”
They also note Ariana has an international audience, and the media and social media pickup the announcement has generated proves the point.
Ariana Grande will headline this year’s Coachella music festival along with Tame Impala and Childish Gambino.
Coachella released its lineup Wednesday night and revealed Ariana will be the final performer of the event … which goes for two weekends outside Palm Springs, California. Other acts include Kid Cudi, Zedd, Khalid, Pusha T, Solange and Weezer.
Grande is coming off a massive end to 2018, with her single “Thank U, Next” and plenty of headlines including her broken engagement with Pete Davidson and death ofher ex Mac Miller.
TMZ broke the story … Kanye was in negotiations as one of the festival’s headliners but ultimately decided against it because he wasn’t allowed to design his own stage.
Coachella sees more than 100,000 people attend per weekend each year.
Ariana Grande is about that single life heading into the new year, and probably for the rest of her days … according to her, anyway.
Ari responded to an article on Tuesday which speculated on who she’s been seeing lately by hilariously tweeting, “can they tell me too?” She followed up with, “spoiler for the rest of this year / probably my life: it’s no one. please refer back to this tweet for future questions.”
spoiler for the rest of this year / probably my life: it’s no one. please refer back to this tweet for future questions. 🖤
Ariana Grande had Mac Miller on her mind Sunday night, when she posted this pic of the late rapper’s hands on a keyboard.
Our sources say Ariana is still trying to cope with her ex-boyfriend’s death … a tragedy that has weighed her down in a tumultuous year, which included her bad breakup with ex-fiance Pete Davidson. She also took heat over her posts about Kanye and mental health … something that set Pete off when he threatened to kill himself a few weeks back.
Ariana deleted the pic during the night … unclear why.
Drew was in Culver City Thursday and he railed on the trolls who have been attacking Pete, calling them “evil.” He says Pete is in a super delicate state after a gut-wrenching breakup with Ariana, and people need to get off his back … because, at this point, his life depends on it.
As we reported, Ariana rushed to see Pete at 30 Rock Saturday after he posted apparent suicide threats … something that was triggered by one of Ariana’s posts in which she went after Kanye West, saying “stop weaponizing mental health. everyone.” Pete, who suffers from mental health issues, took it in a deeply personal way.
Bottom line … Dr. Drew says Pete needs some space to heal.