Olivia Rodrigo responds to criticism over ‘Sour’ songwriting credits: “Nothing in music is ever new”

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“Every artist is inspired by artists who have come before them”

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Olivia Rodrigo has opened up about taking inspiration from other artists’ work, touching on adding additional songwriting credits to the track from her debut album ‘Sorry’ months after the record’s release.

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In July, Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark (AKA St. Vincent) were given songwriting credits for Rodrigo’s song “Deja Vu”, which introduced elements of “Cruel Summer” from Swift’s 2019 album “Lover”. does.

The following month, Paramore’s Hayley Williams and former guitarist Joshua Farrow received credit on Rodrigo’s single ‘Good 4 U’ when similarities were pointed out between the song and Paramore’s 2007 hit ‘Misery Business’. “Our publisher is wild [sic],” Williams wrote in an Instagram story acknowledging the update.


Meanwhile, Elvis Costello defended Rodrigo on Twitter earlier this year, after a user pointed out similarities between “Sour” opener “Brutal” and Costello’s 1978 song “Pump It Up.” Costello countered that “Pump It Up” itself was inspired by Bob Dylan’s “subterranean homesick blues” and Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business”.

“That’s how rock and roll works,” Costello replied. “You take the broken pieces of another adventure and make a new toy. That’s what I did.”

Speaking in a new interview with teen Vogue, Rodrigo suggested that the criticism leveled at him over the originality of his songwriting was misguided. “I think it’s disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit the work of any young woman,” Rodrigo said.

“All the music is inspired by each other. Obviously, I write all of my songs with my heart and my life first. I came to the shower one morning with the lyrics and tune of ‘Good 4 You’.”

Rodrigo suggested that drawing on music from the past was an imperative when it comes to the songwriting process, making the case that the effect is positive overall.

“Every single artist is inspired by artists who have come before them,” she said. “It’s a fun, beautiful sharing process. Nothing new happens in music. Each song has four chords. That’s the fun part – trying to make it your own.”


Rodrigo has often cited Swift as a significant influence on his work. When ‘Sour’ was released, the album track ‘1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back’ gave credit to Swift and Antonoff, as it interpolated the tunes from Swift’s ‘Reputation’ cut ‘New Year’s Day’.

“I’ve always looked up to Taylor since I was literally five years old,” Rodrigo said. Granthshala earlier this year.

“Obviously I think she’s the best songwriter ever, but she’s so business-savvy and she really cares about her career in that regard as well – it’s been really inspiring to me to see someone like her.” Career and their lives have to be controlled that way.”

Rodrigo also began a conversation about originality in June, when Courtney Love told singer-songwriter the promotion used by Rodrigo to promote her ‘Sour Prom’ livestream event and Hole’s ‘Live Through This’ album cover. Called for the similarity between the picture.

“Olivia – you’re welcome,” Love wrote in a reply on Instagram. “My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! DM me for the deets! I look forward to reading your note.” Rodrigo addressed the conversation in an August interview, saying that she was “just flattered that Courtney Love knows I exist.”

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