How Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Took a ‘Sound of Music’ Basic to the High


A couple of months earlier than the movie model of “The Sound of Music” hit the silver display, a track plugger working the catalog of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein approached label proprietor Dave Kapp with a plan to show one of many songs from the rating into successful single, considering it might enhance the field workplace potential of the film. That resulted in Jack Jones recording “My Favourite Issues” for his first Christmas album, however the track didn’t grow to be successful. That track plugger’s dream lastly comes true this week, some 54 years after the movie’s launch, as “My Favourite Issues” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Scorching 100, because of a reinterpretation by Ariana Grande on her new single, “7 Rings.”

Grande up to date the lyrics of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein traditional after a buying spree at Tiffany’s, reworking “Raindrops on roses/And whiskers on kittens/Vibrant copper kettles and heat woolen mittens/Brown paper packages tied up with strings/These are a couple of of my favourite issues” into “Breakfast at Tiffany’s and bottles of bubbles/Ladies with tattoos who like getting in bother/Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines/Purchase myself all of my favourite issues.”

“The genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein is that their songs grow to be part of the DNA of the viewers,” says Nicholas Hammond, who sang “My Favourite Issues” within the 1965 movie along with his fellow forged members, together with Julie Andrews. “Ariana is assuming her viewers can be accustomed to the unique, and placing her personal hip-hop tackle it.” Hammond, who portrays director Sam Wanamaker in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “As soon as Upon a Time in Hollywood,” tells Selection: “Ariana takes the identical boast of cash and possessions that male rap and hip-hop artists use and turns it into an all feminine declaration of fabric success. The distinction between the sweetness and ease of the unique and the consumerism of her model to me is a touch upon the world in the present day. The truth that the R&H firm selected to retweet her model exhibits they don’t have any downside with it, both.”

Ted Chapin, chief artistic officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Group, confirms to Selection, “We’re at all times open to the notion of contemporary artists having a brand new have a look at Rodgers and Hammerstein and their work. ‘7 Rings’ is definitely removed from ‘The Sound of Music,’ however it simply exhibits how robust and resilient the songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are.”

“7 Rings” marks the primary time the workforce of Rodgers and Hammerstein has topped the Scorching 100, though Rodgers had a No. 1 single in April 1961 along with his earlier writing associate, Lorenz Hart. “Blue Moon,” written in 1933, made it to pole place because of a doo-wop model by the vocal group the Marcels.

“7 Rings” is the fourth track with music from a stage musical to achieve No. 1 on the Scorching 100, following Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife” (1959) from “The Threepenny Opera,” Louis Armstrong’s “Hey, Dolly!” (1964) and the 5th Dimension’s medley of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969) from “Hair.”


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