Olivia Rodrigo has added two members of Paramore to the writing credits of her hit single Good 4 U.
Singer Hayley Williams and ex-guitarist Josh Farro are now listed as co-writers of the song, which topped the UK charts for five weeks over the summer.
Fans had previously noted similarities between Good 4 U and Paramore's Misery Business, posting dozens of mash-ups to YouTube and Tik Tok.
It is not currently clear when Paramore were added as co-writers of the track.
However, they were not credited when the song was originally released in May.
The update was revealed by Paramore's publishers, Warner Chappell Music, who celebrated Good 4 U reaching number one in the US with a Instagram post saying: "huge shoutout to our writers Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro".
Williams later shared the post, adding: "Our publisher is wildin rn
Whether she’s paying tribute to her pop predecessor Taylor Swift, doing her best “Jennifer’s Body” cosplay or pissing off Courtney Love, it’s clear that Olivia Rodrigo isn’t afraid of a good reference.
But the singer’s panache for making old things feel new again has irked some fans (did she ever send those flowers, by the way?) ― especially when it comes to the similarities between her smash single “Good 4 U” and Paramore’s triple-platinum track from 2007, “Misery Business.”
Upon the song’s debut in May, listeners almost immediately drew comparisons to Paramore’s pop punk-tinged sound. Creators flooded the internet with mashups uniting the two songs into one epic, cross-generational breakup anthem.
Now, months after the release of her debut album “Sour,” Rodrigo’s team has retroactively credited Paramore’s lead singer Hayley Williams and former guitarist Josh Farro as songwriters on “Good 4 U,” according to Variety.
Williams and Farro are now listed alongside Rodrigo and producer-songwriter Daniel Nigro on the website of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for “Good 4 U,” Billboard noted Wednesday. A source told Billboard that Rodrigo’s and Paramore’s teams had communicated about the track before it was released.
The Paramore frontwoman appeared to react to the update via her Instagram Story on Tuesday, resharing a post from the band’s publisher that read: “A huge shoutout to our writers Hayley Williams & Joshua Farro.”
“Our publisher is wildin rn,” Williams wrote on Instagram.
Olivia Rodrigo is on fire these days. The singer and songwriter's hit song "Good 4 U" has stayed steady on the charts and in TikToks acrosss the globe.
When the song was first released, fans noticed a striking similarity between it and the band Paramore's hit "Misery Business."
On Wednesday, it was announced that Olivia gave Paramore a songwriting credit on the hit.
"There’s all this drama over Olivia Rodrigo and the Elvis Costello song, and Paramore chimed in about a song that sounds like theirs," he said in a video on his Instagram story.
"Look, 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," he shared. "It’s a natural thing for it to happen, and sometimes it gets ugly and sometimes it’s warranted that people take legal action. 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."
"That ‘Blurred Lines’ case was a landmark case that kind of changed the game," he said. "Without giving an opinion on what I think as far as how that one turned out, 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."
When Olivia Rodrigo gave Paramore and Taylor Swift songwriting credits on her SOUR hits, she wasn't just sharing the glory. She was sharing the sweet profits.
In fact, Rodrigo and her producer and co-writer, Dan Nigro, have given up more than $2 million in songwriting royalties on "good 4 u," "deja vu" and "1 step forward, 3 steps back" after crediting the big names that inspired her, according to Billboard.
News broke a week ago that Rodrigo, 18, had retroactively credited Paramore singer Hayley Williams and former guitarist Joshua Farro for interpolating "Misery Business" when she wrote "good 4 u," which was released in May.
Billboard estimates the banger has made at least $2.4 million in global publishing royalties so far, leaving Williams and Farro to split their share of $1.2 million. Nigro and Rodrigo split the other $1.2 million.
Though the High School Musical reboot actress gave them credit about three months after the song's release, sources told both Billboard and Variety that Paramore's team was in touch with her before it dropped.
Rodrigo also gave songwriting credits to Swift and her producer Jack Antonoff on two more songs, "deja vu" and "1 step forward, 3 steps back." The first earned $1.3 million in royalties, per Billboard, yet Nigro and Rodrigo each took home only $320,000 or so. The rest went to "Cruel Summer" creators Swift (who receives 25 percent, or $325,678), Antonoff (20 percent, or $260,542) and St. Vincent (5 percent, or $65,135), who collaborated on the original Lover number.
Popular singer Olivia Rodrigo has reportedly already given up millions of dollars in royalties to Taylor Swift and Paramore after she gave them songwriting credit on songs from her ‘Sour’ album.
While 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo was originally best known for her role in ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,’ she exploded in popularity at the start of 2021 when she released her song ‘Drivers License.’
The emotional song was a huge hit, and propelled Rodrigo into global fame — and she certainly wasn’t a one-hit-wonder. She has since gone on to release her debut album ‘Sour,’ which has stormed through the charts with tracks like ‘Good 4 U’ and ‘Deja Vu.’
But after many people pointed out the large similarities between her song ‘Good 4 U’ and Paramore’s ‘Misery Business,’ some accused the star of ‘copying,’ leading to her giving them songwriting credit. She also did this with Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, and St. Vincent for the song ‘Deja Vu.’
Olivia Rodrigo’s song ‘Driver’s License’ scored #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 over names like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber.
Now, a report from Billboard has claimed that the young star has given up millions in royalties due to adding the songwriting credits on her hugely popular tracks.
The report claimed that Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro could be receiving somewhere around $1.2 million.
As for Swift, Billboard predicts that she’s earned around $325,678 in royalties from ‘Deja Vu,’ with Antonoff estimated to be taking $260,542, and Clark taking $65,135.
While some weren’t happy with the star for ‘copying’ music, others have come out in full force to defend her. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine said: “I do think that we can probably meet this with a little more compassion and understanding,” adding that he thinks “it’s kind of a cool thing to introduce a whole generation of people to different musical ideas.”
Despite the drama surrounding ‘copying’ claims, Rodrigo is certainly still doing very well career-wise, with the popularity of her album continuing to rise.