Did Ariana Grande Sample Natasha Bedingfield? 7 Times The Singer Sampled Other Artists' Work — LISTEN
This week in pop music mysteries: Did Ariana Grande sample a Natasha Bedingfield song for her new album, Moonlight? That's what fans are wondering after the 22-year-old singer posted lyrics from Bedingfield's 2004 hit, "These Words," on Twitter last Friday. When she finished sharing lines from the track’s incredibly catchy chorus, the star mysteriously tweeted a moon and a teacup emoji, which could possibly indicate she was "spilling tea" (or "revealing details" for all you grandmas and grandpas out there) about her upcoming third LP.
I wouldn't be surprised if this recent rumor turned out to be true. After all, Grande professed her love for “These Words” on Twitter back in 2012. Clearly, she’s a big fan of the tune. Additionally, Grande has a history of sampling other artists' work.
Yes, with the help of various songwriters and producers, Grande has borrowed from a number of songs across a variety of genres throughout her career — beginning with the premiere of her debut single, "Put Your Hearts Up," in 2011. Some samples are more difficult to identify than others, however, so I decided to do a little research. Here are seven times Ariana Grande sampled other artists' tracks, according to WhoSampled.com:
"Put Your Hearts Up" (2011)
"The Way" From Yours Truly (2013)
Samples Brenda Russell's 1979 tune "A Little Bit of Love" by way of Big Pun's 1998 hit "Still Not a Player":
"Right There" From Yours Truly (2013)
Samples The Jeff Lorber Fusion's 1979 track "Rain Dance" by way of Lil' Kim's 1997 single "Crush on You":
"Popular Song" From Yours Truly (2013)
Samples "Popular" from the 2003 musical Wicked :
"Lovin' It" From Yours Truly (2013)
"Break Your Heart Right Back" From My Everything (2014)
Samples Diana Ross' 1980 tune "I'm Coming Out" by way of The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 hit "Mo Money, Mo Problems":