On Wednesday, September 1, a report published by Billboard revealed that Olivia Rodrigo has been paying royalties to Taylor Swift and the rock band, Paramore, for creating songs influenced by their music.
Olivia’s first studio album, Sour, dropped on May 21 and has been reigning as one of 2021’s most successful music releases. The album featured the singer’s hit tracks like Good 4 U, driver’s license, Deja Vu, Traitor and Brutal among others.
Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift’s royalties drama explored
Although Olivia’s first studio album opened to great reviews from fans and critics, many couldn’t help but point out similarities to Taylor Swift’s music.
Fans noticed that Deja Vu sounded eerily similar to Taylor’s music. The album’s ultra-hit track, Good 4 U, as many observed, sounded similar to Paramore’s Misery Business.
The recently released Billboard report states that nearly $2 million has been paid to Taylor and Paramore’s teams as songwriting credits.
As per Billboard, Deja Vu has earned at least $1.3 million via streaming and other means. Taylor’s team reportedly holds 50 per cent of the song now, meaning the Blankspace singer has a 25 per cent cut herself, while producer, Jack Antonoff, owns another 20 per cent.
Billboard further calculated that Taylor earned at least $325,000 for influencing the song. On the other hand, Olivia and her producer, Dan Nigro, have pocketed at least $500,000 in revenue.
In addition to this, a bulk of the royalty money from the 18-year-old’s Good 4 U, has reportedly been directed towards Paramore.
As per Billboard, the song has raked in $2.4 million in streaming, sales, licensing, and airplay revenue. 50 per cent of its ownership has been awarded to Paramore’s lead vocalist, Hayley Williams, and drummer, Zac Farro.
What are fans saying?
While no issues have been reported between the parties involved in the situation, some fans on Twitter managed to evoke some drama. Here’s what a few of them had to say…
Plagiarism accusation against ‘Deja Vu’ singer revisited
Previously, Olivia has landed in hot water when Courtney Love accused her of plagiarism in her artwork and music video.
The 57-year-old singer highlighted similarities between the artwork for Sour Prom Concert Film and the cover of the album Live Through This by her band, Hole. Both images feature a prom queen wearing a tiara and holding flowers while sporting a smeared mascara eye makeup.
Courtney posted the Sour Prom artwork to Instagram with the caption “Spot the Difference! #twinning.” The singer also took to her Facebook and wrote, “Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude. There’s no way to be elegant about it. I’m not angry. It happens all the time to me. But this was bad form.”
In her attempt to cool the situation down, Olivia wrote under the original post: “Love u and live through this sooooo much.”