Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Why Ariana Grande's Own Fans Are Boycotting Her Single "7 Rings"

Why Ariana Grande's Own Fans Are Boycotting Her Single

Others, meanwhile, reaffirmed the obvious to Grande - telling her that they were a "dedicated fandom" - to which the singer lovingly agreed.

Ariana Grande is in the midst of the most successful stretch of her career that began with the monster hit "Thank U, Next".

Ariana Grande might have had a rough 2018, but the tough experiences have provided fodder for one of her most raw but self-assured albums to date. "Bloodline" cuts through the album with trumpets and a bubbly chorus, reminiscent of a low-key version of her 2014 single "Problem". The titular single breakup anthem, however, was eventually topped by "7 rings".

Grande makes listeners feel like they're on top of the world, with no one to owe feelings or time to.

After various bouts of darkness throughout the past two years, such as the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, the ending of her engagement with "Saturday Night Live's" Pete Davidson and the tragic terrorist attack that took place at one of her concerts, Grande has been able to mix these troubled times with record-breaking success. Even as she pursues a free-spirited fling on "Bloodline", she alludes to heartbreak: "I ain't lookin' for my one true love, yeah that ship sailed away".

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In lusting after someone who is taken, she has the ideal album closer because it is loud and clear, that despite the heartbreak, love and loss, Grande is moving on - and moving up. She dropped the music video for the song the same day as the album, featuring teenage heartthrob Charles Melton. Who would've thought it'd turn me to a savage?"-and "NASA"-"you don't wanna leave me but I'm tryna self discover". In the video, Grande exchanges flirty glances with a man she meets (along with his girlfriend) at a club.

In terms of love and relationships, Ariana Grande's past projects felt like the honeymoon stage, and "thank u, next" feels like coming to terms with her flaws and mistakes and accepting them for the person it molded into the icon she is today. She thanks her fans, but she says she "won't say I'm feeling fine / After what I've been through I can't lie".

But it is also quite apparent who she is referencing. Falling in with some of the dreamy beats of Sweetener, "Fake Smile" tells the story of someone who has come to the point at which she can no longer put up a façade of happiness.

Yes, the songs may conflict, but this adds to the beauty of the album as she relates her songs to her emotionally diverse audience. On Imagine she reminisces on what could've been with Miller, and on Needy and Fake Smile she gets real about how much she's really been struggling.

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