Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift, who is known for her top-charting songs and strong presence in the music world, has allegedly sued rising star Olivia Rodrigo. The details of the case haven’t been made public yet, so fans and the media are curious about what’s going on.
In this article, we take a deeper look at the controversy surrounding Taylor Swift’s lawsuit against Olivia Rodrigo. We look at the possible reasons for the lawsuit and how it could affect the careers of both artists.
Taylor Swift Sues Olivia Rodrigo
God bless Olivia Rodrigo, who, despite continuing to be completely unproblematic, appears to draw controversy. When Olivia’s debut album Sour was released earlier this year, a number of musicians seemed to emerge from nowhere to claim that their songs shared some hazy similarities with those on Sour.
Olivia Rodrigo shared a post on Instagram:
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Representatives for Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, St. Vincent, and Hayley Williams all received compensation for the “interpolation” of their tracks. Taylor, Jack, and St. Vincent were thus also nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys when Olivia had a whopping seven nominations, including one for the award.
Olivia Rodrigo shared a picture with Taylor Swift on Instagram:
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The names of those trio, however, have since been omitted from the ballot. Confused? Here’s why, though. Let’s go back to the beginning now. Before “Driver’s License” debuted in January, we conducted one of Olivia Rodrigo’s very first music interviews. She made it abundantly clear that she adored Taylor Swift in it by declaring, “Even today, Lorde and Taylor are my biggest inspirations.”
Olivia used the piano melody from Taylor’s Reputation tune “New Year’s Day” to the song “1 step forward, 3 steps back,” which she credited right away. Then came “deja vu’s” choral breakdown, which Olivia claimed was influenced by Taylor’s “Cruel Summer” and was composed by her, Jack, and Annie Clarke, alias St. Vincent.
Taylor, Jack, and Annie were gently acknowledged as writers on the track this summer, implying that someone had made the connection and Olivia’s staff had approved the credit. This makes sense because Olivia is undeniably in the driver’s seat in any case. Consequently, we are now! Every songwriter and producer who contributed to an album receives a nomination for the Album of the Year award, as is customary.
Since Taylor, Jack, and Annie contributed to the songs that were interpolated, they were also nominated for Album of the Year, giving Taylor a total of two nods (since Taylor’s album Evermore is also up for the award). However, the Grammys removed their names from the list of nominees under Sour during the course of the weekend, citing a “submission error”.
The label for the song “Deja Vu” sent credits to the Academy throughout the submission process, according to a statement from the Grammys. “Last week, we received the label’s correct credits, which list Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, and Annie Clark as the writers of an interpolation on the song ‘Deja Vu.’
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According to the current Grammy rules, Clark, Antonoff, and Swift are not nominees in the Album of the Year category for Sour because they wrote an interpolated track. T-Swift, Jack, and Annie, therefore, weren’t originally supposed to be nominated for this particular record! None of them will really care, though.
Daddy’s Home, Annie’s record under the St. Vincent guise, is up for Best Alternative record, but Taylor and Jack are still nominated for Evermore. Only Billie Eilish’s album Happier than Ever, which features both Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, has fewer songwriters than Olivia’s album, which now has only three. Though Justice leads the songwriter’s record this year, with 73 of them named on that one album, such errors might have gone unnoticed on the Justin Bieber album.