90% of the rights in the pocket of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization
7 Rings of Ariana Grande contains a sample of the song of 1959 “My Favorite Things“written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers and this in the musical “The Sound of Music”. And always Rodgers and Hammerstein appear among the credits of the writing of the song, which boasts 8 other authors (Ariana Grande, Victoria Monét, Tayla Parx, Njomza Screws, Kimberly Krysiuk, Tommy Brown, Michael Foster and Charles Anderson). But the news is curious is that the song, also this week at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, will grant 90% of copyright only to Rodgers and Hammerstein (both disappeared) despite the variations of the text.
As reported by the New York Times, the agreement to “7 Rings” was decided a few weeks before the release of the song (in January), when the representatives for the Large lady and her label, Republic, have led to the complete song, the Concord, the music company that owns the catalogue of Rodgers and Hammerstein by 2017. The Concord has required 90 percent on the piece of Ariana and its representatives have accepted without any further negotiation.
The song of the Large lady “would not exist in its current form if it were not for “My favorite things”,”
This is the declaration of Jake Wisely, chief executive, and editor of the Concord, in a recent interview.
The agreement provides that Concord may get millions of dollars from the song, while the Large lady and her seven co-authors will have only a small part of all the rest.
Theodore S. Chapin, who has managed, for decades, the copyrights of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, has revealed that he was initially caught off guard by the song of the lady Great. But quickly saw its value as an interpretation and as a way to keep alive the legacy of the original piece among the young fans of the pop star.
Despite the death of the two authors of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization has already run a business like this in the past. When Gwen Stefani used samples of “the Lonely Goatherd” (also from “The Sound of Music”) to a song of 2006, “Wind It Up”, Rodgers and Hammerstein have received the 50% of the rights of the author, at the time.