And was it low-key shady? IDK.
Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, Sour, has seen massive success since its May 21 release. The album is full of sad bops, upbeat bangers, and everything in between, so there’s truly something for everyone. But the singer-songwriter’s rise to success hasn’t come without some contention. When fans noticed similarities between Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu” and Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer,” accusations of plagiarism were quashed when Rodrigo happily added names like Swift, Jack Antonoff, and St. Vincent to the credits. However, fans pointed out “Cruel Summer” wasn’t the only song seemingly inspired by another established hit. After noticing undeniable similarities between “Good 4 U” and Paramore’s 2007 hit “Misery Business,” they questioned why the band didn’t receive a credit. Well, Paramore’s Hayley Williams addressed those Olivia Rodrigo “Good 4 U” comparisons, and it may have included a bit of shade.
After months of chatter about the similarities between the two songs, Williams finally did get a credit on Sour in late August. She and her bandmate Josh Farro are currently credited as writers on “Good 4 U,” though they weren’t listed upon the song’s initial release. Why the long wait? Well, the backlash for not giving Paramore credit on the song probably had something to do with it.
After Williams was given credit on “Good 4 U,” Paramore fans were happy to see the change.
Paramore’s publisher, Warner Chappel, was first to address the update, posting on Instagram stories congratulating Williams and Farro for the track’s No. 1 success. Williams addressed the post shortly after with a peculiar comment. “Our publisher is wildin rn,” she wrote over a re-post of Warner Chappel’s post, seemingly referring to the amount of subtle shade the post packed.
The post could have been perceived as shade, but, then again, maybe she was just surprised her publisher had the kahunas to post about the song after all the dramz. Either way, a No. 1 songwriting credit is something to celebrate, so congrats are in order for Williams, Farro, Rodrigo, and everyone involved.