Why do people think Olivia Rodrigo plagiarized Paramore in Good 4 U?

DISNEY actress turned pop star Olivia Rodrigo’s song Good 4 U debuted at No. 1 in the US in May 2021.

Since it’s release, Paramore fans have come down on the hit for it’s similarities to their mega-hit Misery Business.


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Why do people think Olivia Rodrigo plagiarized Paramore in Good 4 U?

Fans observed early the similarities between Good 4 U and Paramore’s 2007 single Misery Business after posting mash-up’s between the two on TikTok.

In August 2021, it was noted that Rodrigo and her team added songwriting credits to Williams and Farro on Good 4 U.

It’s not clear, however, when the names were added to the track, according to NME, as they did not appear on it’s initial release.

Paramore’s publisher Warner Chappell Music shared an Instagram story that wrote “huge shoutout to our writers Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro,” who are both founding members of the band.



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Williams re-shared her publisher’s story, adding: “our publisher is wildin rn.”

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NME that, “The teams have been in touch prior to the song’s release and the production credits have now been updated to include an interpolation of ‘Misery Business,’ alongside Rodrigo and the track’s producer, Dan Nigro.”

What did fans say about Olivia Rodrigo’s merch?

Olivia Rodrigo fans rushed to her merch site to pick out items to promote her debut album Sour in May 2021.

Orders began to arrive in July and fans were not happy with the items they received.

One user took to Twitter to share what actually arrive when they ordered a beaded bracelet from the site.

The beads were supposed to spell out “sour” but spelled “sur” instead.

Another fan thought she was buying a crop top, but the shirt arrived dress length.

One fan spoke with Buzzfeed News to express her disappointment with the merch.

Delaney McCabe, a 20-year-old college student from Orlando, Florida, said she was “super disappointed but not surprised” because the items did not look like what she ordered.

“I know a lot of other artists have issues with their merch, and her designs were so good, almost too good to be true,” McCabe said.

McCabe decided to show off her items on TikTok and received responses from multiple users who said they had the same experience.

23-year-old Chloe Bolenbaugh said “I was definitely feeling a little hurt when I realized that my item was so different than the one advertised online.”

Other issues involved the clothing looking a different color than the website and did not seem to match the photos on the website.

Rodrigo herself has not commented on the merch issues.

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