Olivia Rodrigo stole fans’ hearts with the release of “Driver’s License” in January 2021, and she continued to do so with every song on her debut album, Sour. But his super successful career has had a few hiccups. In fact, his May 2021 single “good 4 u” was surrounded by controversy after music fans raised suspicions of copyright infringement. ICYMI: Many listeners pointed out the striking similarities between “good 4 u” and Paramore’s 2007 song, “Misery Business”. Now Olivia Rodrigo has taken on the songwriting drama “good 4 u” and her response has been so honest.
Rodrigo graced the October cover of Vogue teens and I discussed what the flash success looked like. She also addressed the drama “good 4 u” for the very first time and called the situation “disappointing”.
“I think it’s disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit the work of any young woman,” she said. “But at the end of the day, I’m really proud and happy to say that my job is to be a songwriter… All music is inspired by each other. Obviously, I write all my words with my heart and my life first. I found the lyrics and the melody for ‘good 4 u’ one morning in the shower.
When “good 4 u” was originally released, the members of Paramore weren’t credited, but that quickly changed. In August, Rodrigo’s label added Hayley Williams and Paramore’s Zac Farro as co-writers on their single, proving the song was indeed an interpolation of the 2007 hit.
Like Rodrigo said Vogue teens, taking inspiration from previous generations of music is one of her favorite parts of the songwriting process. “What’s so beautiful about music is that it can be so inspired by the music of the past,” Rodrigo said. “Each artist is inspired by artists who came before him. It’s kind of a fun and beautiful sharing process. Nothing in music is ever new. There are four chords in each song. This is the fun part – trying to make it your own.
Williams also touched on the comparisons between “good 4 u” and “Misery Business,” but she didn’t seem too happy with the similarities. She and her label both celebrated their late addition as co-writers, so it looks like they thought it was late.