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Adam Levine defends Olivia Rodrigo amid Paramore ‘Good 4 U’ songwriting drama

Published: 27/Aug/2021 22:24

by Virginia Glaze

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Maroon 5 lead Adam Levine is stepping up to defend Olivia Rodrigo after the Disney star added two of Paramore’s members as writers for her song ‘Good 4 U.’

Olivia Rodrigo broke the internet with the release of her viral breakup anthem ‘Driver’s License’ earlier this year. Rodrigo, who first found fame as a Disney actress, has gone on to release her first album, ‘SOUR,’ to critical acclaim.

However, once the album had time to simmer, it received a fair amount of criticism, with listeners comparing quite a few of her songs — and album artwork — to other artists.

Among the comparisons are names like Courtney Love, with Hole’s ‘Live Through This’ looking quite similar to SOUR’s cover art, and Rina Sawayama, whose ‘XS’ video seems like a direct inspiration for Rodrigo’s ‘Brutal’ music video.

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What’s the drama with Paramore and Olivia Rodrigo?

Now, the internet is in a tizzy after Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Josh Farro were retroactively added as writers on Rodrigo’s song ‘Good 4 U’ — meaning that she didn’t add them until the song and album were already released.

Paramore’s ‘Misery Business’ has been popularly paired with ‘Good 4 U’ online, and it’s no surprise, as the two sound fairly similar. According to Variety, a source closely involved with the proceedings claims the credit is an ‘interpolation.’ This basically means that a part of an older song was re-recorded and mixed into a newer track.

The situation went largely under the radar until Williams uploaded an Instagram story commenting on the proceedings. Her post was taken from a screenshot of her publisher, who congratulated her and Ferro on their credits for ‘Good 4 U.’

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“Our publisher is wildin right now,” Williams wrote.

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Paramore’s Hayley Williams revealed that she and guitarist Josh Farro were credited in Rodrigo’s ‘Good 4 U.’

Adam Levine comments on the Paramore comparisons

Now, Adam Levine is throwing his two cents into the fray — and he’s of the opinion that new artists making big waves in music should be celebrated, not picked apart.

“I do think that we can meet this with a little more compassion and understanding,” Levine said in an Instagram story. “All this calling out and s**t, like, music is a creative thing. I just hate to see it crushed by… you know.”

“When you take someone who’s a newer artist and she’s doing things that kind of emulate the ones from generations removed, I don’t know how bad that is. I think it’s kind of a cool thing to introduce a whole generation of people to different musical ideas.”

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For now, it looks like Levine’s opinion has fans divided as more and more netizens weigh in on the backlash surrounding Rodrigo’s musical success.