It's been a wild ride for Olivia Rodrigo. From making Spotify history to accusations of plagiarism in some of her hit songs, the singer's time in the spotlight has been short but eventful. Now, Olivia's speaking her truth on the whole situation.
The 18-year-old is this month's cover star for Teen Vogue and spoke with the publication about the whole ordeal with Paramore, Taylor Swift, and others. In case you missed it, Sour listeners quickly noticed similarities between some of its tracks and other artists' songs, and the former High School Musical: The Musical star ended up giving songwriting credits (and plenty of royalties) to other musicians. But she has no regrets.
"I think it's disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit any young woman's work," she told Teen Vogue. "But at the end of the day, I'm just really proud and happy to say that my job is being a songwriter ... All music is inspired by each other. Obviously, I write all of my lyrics from my heart and my life first. I came up with the lyrics and the melody for good 4 u one morning in the shower."
No big deal. We also write hit songs in the bath all of the time, right? And all of the drama - which even saw Maroon 5's Adam Levine coming out in the starlet's defense - isn't going to stop Rodrigo from talking about the performers she looks up to. "What's so beautiful about music is that it can be so inspired by music that's come out in the past," she explained. "Every single artist is inspired by artists who have come before them."
According to Olivia, she's not the first to borrow from musicians' previous works, and she certainly won't be the last. "It's sort of a fun, beautiful sharing process. Nothing in music is ever new. There's four chords in every song. That's the fun part - trying to make that your own," the drivers license singer said. The pop star also reflected on other young women who have been the target of severe criticism in Hollywood, including Britney Spears.
"It's one example of this culture that so often tears down women in the spotlight for sport," she commented. "As a society, we definitely have to reexamine the way we treat women in the entertainment industry, and not just for ourselves - it's unhealthy for young girls to be looking at all that stuff in the media. It paints a bad picture."