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You'll Boycott "7 Rings" If You Care About This Country's Future

Twitter users rally around Ariana Grande's latest single "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" as the key to turning this country around.

Despite high profile celebrities like Rihanna boycotting the NFL over police brutality and teachers in Los Angeles and Denver arranging historic strikes for fair wages, today's most urgent civil disobedience issue is boycotting "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande.

Dedicated fans–nay, activists–on Twitter are helming a movement to boycott the song, which has held the position of Billboard's #1 hit for the past three weeks. Tragically, this means that Ariana's newest single, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" is not the #1 track.

The movement's goal is simple: Ariana needs to have her third consecutive #1 single. "Thank U, Next" and "7 Rings" are already pillars in the "future of pop music." To deny Ariana the honor of a third top single is a travesty that 60.7 million of her Twitter followers cannot abide. On Wednesday, they spread their call to action: #BOYCOTT7RINGS. As expressed in the emotional pleas, joining this movement is the only way "BUWYGIB" can rise to its rightful place within the new world order.

One Ariana-activist reached out to the 25-year-old singer, asking her to join their ranks and boost their morale until their demands are met: "break up with your rehearsals, we're bored." The icon tried to alleviate their pain, replying, "Nothing's funnier than 'boycott seven rings'….. i can't lmao. Whatever's meant to be will be, babies."

Another asked her to tweet the protest in "solidarity." The singer acknowledged the boycotter's dedication and worried that their well-being was compromised by their hard work. She replied, "r u ok."

We spoke to Ariana Grande's biggest fan about the boycott's goals and what draws passionate activists to the cause. Dan Kahan said: "I only have so much energy. If I'm going to focus on one issue, it can't be something meaningless like our president running child internment camps at the border. It's gotta be something that really matters and affects everyone on a daily basis."

Dan added, "Whatever song hits number one is going to be played on the radio a ton, and while I don't really listen to the radio, I hear it in the background a lot when I'm out shopping. Considering 'Breakup With Your Boyfriend, I'm Bored' is easily the best track from Ariana's new album, '7 Rings' needs to move out of the way. Cuz I really don't want to have to listen to that whenever I'm, like, in the mall."

Considering Denver teachers were able to end their strike on Thursday by agreeing to $23 million in collective pay raises, the future is bright for passionate activists. As of Thursday, #BOYCOTT7RINGS was still gaining support by the hour. Popdust attempted to contact Dan Kahan for a follow-up interview, but he's reportedly gone missing after a violent conflict with a Selena Gomez fan outside the Staten Island Mall.


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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On This Day: Shakira Liberated Everyone's “She Wolf”

"I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting," Shakira said.

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11 years ago, on July 10th, 2009, Colombian singer Shakira released the first single off her third studio album.

"She Wolf" is a synth-pop banger built on a B minor progression. It was, in many ways, an insane song, born out of the singer's own frustration and ennui.

"I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting," Shakira said.

Though the music was composed by John Hill and Sam Endicott, lead singer of post-punk band The Bravery, the lyrics were all Shakira's own. "[Shakira] contacted him (Hill), asking if he had any stuff," said Endicott. "We never had her in mind. We just made the thing independently of her, and then she liked it a lot, and she sang over it. She used some of the melodies we put in there and then wrote these crazy lyrics about being a werewolf. And that's how it happened."

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When Ariana Grande released "thank u, next" back in November, I knew I was going to hate it before I even heard it.

On paper, it's everything I dislike about modern pop music—cloying lyrics about exes accompanied by a grating, sing-song-y refrain, all wrapped up in the "nice girl with a bad side" package that every major pop star seems to be pushing these past few years. "Thank u, next" was going to be yet another wad of chewed up bubblegum inadvertently stuck to the bottom of my shoe: sticky, annoying, and eventually forgotten.

But to my surprise, I didn't hate it. Sure, it was basically what I expected. The lyrics were cloying, the refrain was grating, the package was Ariana Grande. But there was something else there too. Whereas typical "ex-boyfriend" songs (Taylor Swift) tend to come off as petty and vengeful, "thank u, next" struck me as empowering. Grande wasn't singing about how awful her exes were or how they had screwed her over—quite the opposite, actually. Grande's "thank you's" seem like genuine appreciation for the ways her previous relationships have helped her grow into the person she is now. She's simply older and more mature now, and ready to take on whatever comes next.

I didn't just not hate "thank u, next." I liked it. And now that Ariana Grande has released the full twelve-track album, I've come to a horrifying realization. I like Ariana Grande, too.

thank u, next

The entire thank u, next album is upsettingly good. From the poppy "NASA" to the hauntingly emotional "Ghostin," every single track gives the sense of honest introspection. In "NASA," for instance, Grande cleverly expresses her need for "space" in a relationship. "Baby, you know time apart is beneficial/ It's like I'm the universe and you'll be N-A-S-A." Later, in "Ghostin," Grande wrestles with the conflict of being in one relationship while mourning another one: "I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again/ Over him, mmh/ I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again/ 'Stead of ghostin' him."

Each track flows into the next, giving the impression that Grande is working through the emotional fallout from a complex series of relationships as the album progresses. This makes a lot of sense considering the publicity and tragedy surrounding her past two years, from the terrorist attack on her Manchester concert in 2017 to the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Unlike many pop stars who tend to mine drama from nothing, Grande's trauma feels authentic which, in turn, makes her music feel authentic. In this context, the titular "thank u, next" solidifies as a true empowerment anthem.

Ultimately, Grande's newest album is poised to become a huge hit and for once, the accolades are deserved. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Ariana Grande's thank u, next is fantastic.


Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com



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