Some people think a key riff to Olivia Rodrigo’s song “Brutal” sounds a bit too much like an Elvis Costello track and that suits her perfectly.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said it was what he did himself.
“This is how rock and roll works,” Costello wrote on Twitter in response to a fan who spotted the similarities:
Costello’s hashtags refer to the fact that his song was influenced by Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, which itself comes in part from Chuck Berry’s “Too Much Monkey Business”.
Here are the four pieces, from newest to oldest, each a “brand new toy” at some point:
Rodrigo’s new album, “Sour,” takes No. 1 on the Billboard charts. She also has two of the current top 10 and six of the Hot 100 top 50 singles.
Last week, rocker Courtney Love accused the 18-year-old of ripping the cover image from her 1994 Hole album, “Live Through This,” which was itself a visual tribute to the movie “Carrie. “.