When Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album Sour came out in May of this year, it received rave reviews. Olivia, the new face of Gen-Z-Pop, was a sudden global sensation at just 18 years old. But no less than three months later, the teen star is exposed to a wave of plagiarism allegations for at least four of the eleven tracks on the album. Now celebrities are weighing the claims.
It all started – like most Gen Z dramas – with TikTok. Immediately after “good 4 u” was released, fans began associating it with Paramore’s Misery Business to highlight similarities between the two tracks. It suddenly went viral, with nearly 40,000 videos created using a mashup song of the two tracks – mostly by millennials reliving their teenage years …
While reports say Olivia’s teams were “in touch” with both Hayley Williams and Josh Farro’s teams – who wrote Misery Business – prior to Good 4u’s release, they were officially recognized as writers on the track last week. It seems that all of those millions of TikTok likes might have implied some pressure.
Hayley has not yet officially commented on the debacle Farro ‘.
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Taylor Swift was also featured twice on Olivia’s album with the songs Déjà vu – which Olivia says was inspired by Taylor’s Cruel Summer – and 1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back, which cuts in the chords of Swift’s New Years Day (yes, that’s where you ‘I’ve heard the riff before). Interloping is when an artist decides to insert an existing piece into something else. Instead of sampling the original song, interloping involves rerecording the music in a similar manner.
“We interpolated ‘New Year’s Day,’ which is Taylor’s reputation song,” Olivia told The Zach Sang Show. “I came up with the concept” 1 Step Forward “and wrote a verse and a chorus, so to speak,” New Year. ” I think they are really nice chords. I was fortunate enough to have this approved and it is now on record. ‘
Of course, with Taylor approving the songs herself and being one of Olivia’s biggest public supporters, it’s clear there’s no bad blood between the two … pun intended. With Elvis Costello, the last artist Olivia was accused of plagiarism, there are none either.
If you’ve ever heard his 1978 hit Pump It Up, you’ll notice the same guitar riff in Olivia’s song Brutal. When one Twitter user said it was “pretty straightforward,” Costello replied, saying, “That’s fine with me, Billy. This is how rock and roll works. ‘
For reference, he’s hashtagged Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic Subterranean Homesick Blues, which inspired Pump It Up, and Chuck Berry’s 1956 single Too Much Monkey Business, which influenced Dylan’s hit.
The same reasoning has since been shared by singer Adam Levine, who rushed to Olivia’s defense on Instagram this week.
“There’s all this drama about Olivia Rodrigo,” he told fans. “Look, these are tricky things and anyone who’s ever written a song knows that sometimes you accidentally tear something off and it comes on tape and then it gets released and then there is a lawsuit.
To be clear, Olivia has not yet been sued for plagiarism by any artist.
“It happens naturally, and sometimes it gets ugly, and sometimes it is justified for people to take legal action,” Adam continued. “Sometimes there is no justification for people to take legal action and… the gray area has raised its ugly head these days. I think we [could] Probably face it with a little more compassion and understanding. All those shouts and s-, it’s like music is a creative thing and I hate to see it crushed. ‘
I think it’s cool to introduce a whole generation of young people to different musical ideas.
“If you take someone who is a newer artist and does things that have been copied by generations, I don’t know how bad that is. I think it’s a cool thing to introduce a whole generation of young people to different musical ideas. … This is only my opinion.’
Courtney Love seems to disagree, however. She accused Olivia of copying her band Hole’s artwork for the album cover of Live Through This, which looked eerily similar to Olivia’s commercial cover for “Sour Prom,” a concert film. When Love posted a side-by-side artwork on Instagram with the headline “Spot the Difference! #twinning ‘Olivia originally commented,’ Love you and experience this soooo much ‘.
However, Courtney later shared on Facebook that she wasn’t impressed. “Stealing an original idea and not asking for permission is rude,” she wrote. “There is no way to be elegant. I am not annoyed. It happens to me all the time. But that was bad form. ‘
Olivia has since responded in an interview with GQ, saying, “To be honest, I’m just flattered that Courtney Love knows I exist.”
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