Ariana Grande performing live

Shocking lawsuit filed against Ariana Grande for stealing ‘7 rings’

Ariana Grande’s famous song 7 rings spent eight weeks on the billboard hot 100 charts in 2019! What if I told you she stole this song from an artist named Josh Stone? He is a hip-hop artist who accused Ariana of plagiarizing 7 rings from a song Josh wrote in 2017. Continue reading to find out everything we know about this scandal!

  • Ariana Grande is a 27-year-old American singer with a net worth of $150 million 
  • She released her fifth studio album ‘Thank U, Next’ on February 8th 2019
  • One of the most famous songs from this album is ‘7 rings’ 
  • However, Ariana had to face a lawsuit for plagiarising this song!
Ariana in the music video of 7 rings

Why would a talented artist like Ariana Grande plagiarise songs from other artists? Well, I don’t know the answer to this but Ariana Grande’s song was not her team’s creation. Rather, it was the hard work of a NewYork based hip-hop artist named Josh Stone. He performs as DOT and accused Ariana of copying his song ‘You Need It, I Got It’. His accusations were not baseless and a group of musicology experts claimed that the beat, the lyrics, and the rhythm of Ariana’s song were taken from Josh’s song.

Josh Stone and Ariana Grande

The lawsuit was dismissed by the federal judge of Manhattan on February 16th 2021. This was done because a settlement was made between Josh, Ariana Grande, and 13 other defendants which included the pop singer’s songwriters and publishers. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. 

Ariana in the music video of 34+35

Are you wondering how did Ariana and her team copy his song? Well, according to Josh, he presented his song at a meeting with Universal Music Group which is the label Ariana performs for. Josh claims that the meeting was attended by one of Ariana’s producers who listened to Josh’s song which resulted in the subsequent plagiarism. 


It’s sad to see how millionaire artists steal from lesser-known artists without compensating them for it. I hope western artists respect every artist in the world and instead of copying others’ work, they start creating their own. What do you think about this lawsuit? 

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Estefanía Martínez

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