“I think it’s disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit the work of any young woman. “
Olivia Rodrigo – it goes without saying – has seen an absolute whirlwind of a year since she gave up the “driver’s license” in January.
Since then, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter (!!!) has had to navigate an explosive ascent to pop stardom, including all the adoration and criticism that comes with it.
Speaking to Teen Vogue for her October cover, the Disney alum spoke about her career and what it’s been like to deal with negativity – especially the controversy surrounding the accusations of copying Taylor songs. Swift and Paramore.
Last month, Olivia reportedly gave Taylor and Hayley Williams millions of dollars after retroactively crediting them on “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U”, respectively. Earlier in the summer, Olivia added Taylor, Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent – who co-wrote “Cruel Summer” – as credits to the old song, while “Good 4 U” credited the ex-guitarist Hayley and Paramore. Josh Farro for using the 2007 crush single “Misery Business”.
Opening the extra credits for the first time, Olivia said, “Writing songs about how I feel has always been easy and fun for me, and I think the business side of music has been something that I had a hard time learning. ”
“I think it’s disappointing to see people take things out of context and discredit the work of any young woman,” she added, saying tween is common in music and that ‘she tries not to pay attention to the noise surrounding her work.
“But at the end of the day, I’m really proud and happy to say that my job is to be a songwriter,” she explained. “All music is inspired by each other. Obviously, I write all my words with my heart and my life first. I made up the lyrics and melody for ‘Good 4 U’ one morning in the shower. “
Ultimately, “What’s so beautiful about music is that it can be so inspired by music from the past,” she said. “Each artist is inspired by artists who came before them. It’s kind of a fun and beautiful sharing process. Nothing in music is ever new. There are four chords in each song. This is the fun part – trying to make it your own. ”
To read her full interview with Teen Vogue, click here.
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