Having sung about how her as soon as “timeless love” is now held like a grudge, Olivia Rodrigo can joke concerning the songwriting drama between her and Taylor Swift.
Rodrigo, 20, and her co-writer/producer Dan Nigro, hosted an intimate present at The Theater at Ace Resort in Los Angeles. on October 9, based on Billboard. The live performance gave Rodrigo and Nigro, 41, an opportunity to carry out songs off her new album, Guts, whereas sharing how the tracks got here collectively.
Whereas discussing “Teenage Dream,” Rodrigo mentioned they needed to observe her debut album, Bitter, by having one other piano ballad as an album nearer. Nigro additionally famous that his then 5-month-old daughter, Saoirse, is featured on the tune, although she didn’t get credit score.
“Uh-oh,” mentioned Rodrigo “with a realizing chuckle,” per Billboard. “There’s gonna be some points there.”
The joke was an obvious reference to the songwriting credit score drama associated to Bitter. After the album was launched, Swift, 33, and her collaborators Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent acquired a songwriting credit score for Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu” because of the tune’s similarity to Swift’s “Merciless Summer season.” Swift additionally bought a songwriting credit score on Rodrigo’s “1 Step Ahead” because of the obvious affect of Taylor’s “New 12 months’s Day.”
Swift and her crew weren’t the one ones retroactively credited on Bitter. Paramore’s Hayley Willams and her former bandmate Josh Farro had been added to the “Good 4 U” credit because of the tune’s likeness to “Distress Enterprise,” arguably Paramore’s greatest tune.
The credit score “situation” resulted in Rodrigo giving each bands/acts 50 % of the credit and royalties for the respective tracks. When talking about this expertise with The Guardian and the way it presumably affected her songwriting on Guts, Rodrigo mentioned, “I used to be so inexperienced as to how the music business labored, the litigious facet … I really feel like now I do know a lot extra concerning the business and I simply really feel … higher outfitted in that regard. It wasn’t one thing I considered an excessive amount of.”
Throughout that very same interview, Rodrigo addressed the fan hypothesis that “Vampire,” the primary single from Guts, was about Swift. With lyrics like “bloodsucker, fame f—ker, bleedin’ me dry like a goddamn vampire,” and Swift recruiting Sabrina Carpenter – the long-rumored different concerned within the “Drivers License” love triangle with Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett – to open for her on the South American leg of The Eras Tour, followers questioned if Rodrigo had a falling out along with her idol.
“I imply, I by no means need to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve by no means accomplished that earlier than in my profession and possibly gained’t. I feel it’s higher to not pigeonhole a tune to being about this one factor,” she informed The Guardian. “I used to be very shocked when individuals thought that.”