Olivia Rodrigo is giving credit where credit is due — and it’s “good 4” Paramore members Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro.
The songwriters, 32 and 33, respectively, have apparently just learned that the 18-year-old pop star has added their names to the songwriting credit in Rodrigo’s recent hit “Good 4 U,” a song that debuted at No. 1 in the US in May, and hovered in the top three ever since.
It’s not clear when their names were added to the track notes, according to NME; however, they were not reportedly there when the song was first released a few months ago.
Fans observed early the similarities between the song and Paramore’s 2007 single “Misery Business.” Musical mash-ups comparing the two songs appeared on social media, accusing Rodrigo of being heavily inspired by the pop-punk group, drawing in millions of viewers in the process.
In an Instagram update spotted in previous reports, Paramore’s publisher Warner Chappell Music shared the news of the song’s success in a cheeky Instagram update, saying: “Huge shoutout to our writers Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro.”
Williams re-shared her publisher’s story, adding: “our publisher is wildin rn”
It’s not uncommon for today’s superstars to retroactively credit additional writers, thus dealing them in for potential royalties. In 2017, Ed Sheeren would later decide to share his “Shape of You” profits with the writers of TLC’s “No Scrubs” after some accused the crooner of borrowing from the iconic R&B trio. A similar story goes for Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, whose song “Uptown Funk” was divvied among members of ’70s funk group The Gap Band, for their jam “Oops Upside Your Head.”
It seems Rodrigo is getting it from all sides — as even her album cover art was implicated by Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, who accused the “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” star of stealing her 1994 “Live Through This” album cover, in so many words: “#twinning!”
For her part, Rodrigo has been on an attribution spree following the release of her debut album “Sour,” one of the most successful records of 2021. Taylor Swift and collaborator-producer Jack Antonoff received nods on “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back,” with melodies adjacent to Swift’s 2017 track “New Year’s Day.”
Keen-eared music fans also couldn’t help but flag a similarity between Rodrigo’s latest single “Brutal” and Elvis Costello’s 1978 tune “Pump It Up.” The 67-year-old rocker, however, couldn’t be bothered.
“This is fine by me,” Costello responded to an indignant fan on Twitter back in June. “It’s how rock and roll works. You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That’s what I did.”