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Olivia Rodrigo ‘gives up millions in royalties’ after song copying accusations

Several of Olivia Rodrigo’s tunes have come under scrutiny for copying reasons and have added songwriters to the credits

Olivia Rodrigo is said to have had to hand over millions to the likes of Taylor Swift due to the similarities in their songs.

The teen singing sensation, 18, has reportedly had the shell out huge sums of money after retroactively giving other singers and songwriters credits on some of her most popular songs after a resemblance was spotted.

Olivia has took the music industry by storm since bursting on with number one hit Driving Licence.

But fans of the singer have pointed out that there seems to be similarities between her smash hit Good 4 U and Paramore’s single Misery Business from 2007.

A mashup of the songs has since appeared on the internet and already has over three million views, with many believing it backs up the similarity theory.

And last week it appeared as though the star had admitted this too after Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro had been given writing credits on the tune due to the similarities.



It’s reported Olivia Rodrigo’s tunes could have copyright issues
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Hayley reacted positively to the news and shared it with her 2.8 million Instagram followers. Reports at the time suggested that Olivia’s management team had contacted the pair about the song.

But this offer of credits wasn’t the first time the youngster’s team had done so. In July, it was reported that the star had added Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, and St. Vincent to her other hit song Deja Vu’s credits.

And Billboard reports that by adding the stars to the songs, Olivia has had the part with a fairly hefty sum.

The report claims that Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro will now receive a combined royalty share of 50 per cent for Good 4 U. The remaining half will be split between Olivia and her collaborator Daniel Nigro would therefore split the remaining 50 per cent.









In terms of the Deja Vu split, it seems like it has been worked out in similar fashion as the publication says Olivia and Daniel will again share 50 per cent, while Taylor, Jack and St Vincent star Annie Clark will split up the rest.

The Mirror has contacted Olivia’s representatives for comment.

Adam Levine has defended any accusations of copying aimed at Olivia and called it a “grey area” in the industry.

The Maroon 5 frontman took to Instagram to say: “These are tricky things and anyone who’s ever written a song knows that you rip something off inadvertently, and it makes it to tape, and then it’s released and then there’s a lawsuit.




Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift
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“It’s a natural thing for it to happen, and sometimes it gets ugly and sometimes it’s warranted that people take legal action.”

He added: “Sometimes it’s not warranted that people take legal action. And I think there’s definitely become more of a gray area that’s reared its ugly head these days.”

“I do think that we should probably meet this with a little more compassion and understanding and try to find a way… All this calling out, it’s like, music is a creative thing and I just hate to see it crushed.”

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