Here's why Olivia Rodrigo is facing backlash on TikTok

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Photo credit: JMEnternational - Getty Images
Photo credit: JMEnternational - Getty Images

Drivers License singer Olivia Rodrigo is facing backlash from fans on TikTok after several videos emerged claiming that various songs in her album Sour had plagiarised the work of other musicians, some of whom are now getting involved on Twitter.

The drama began several months ago when fans began posting mash-ups of Rodrigo's single "Good 4 u" and Paramore's 2007 song "Misery Business". TikTok was quickly full of videos from people pointing out the similarities between the two songs and asking why Paramore hadn't been credited on Rodrigo's single.

However, before long Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams and guitarist Josh Farro were both listed as co-writers on the track, although it's not clear when that happened exactly, it appears to be retrospective to the song's release. However, according to reports the two camps were actually in contact prior to this.

Meanwhile earlier this year Hole singer Courtney Love spoke out against the artwork used for Rodrigo's concert movie, Sour Prom, claiming it was allegedly a copy of the album artwork used for a 1994 Hole album. In response Rodrigo told GQ, "To be honest, I’m just flattered that Courtney Love knows that I exist."

Then, in June fans began drawing similarities between Rodrigo's single "Brutal" and Elvis Costello's 1978 song "Pump It Up", to which Costello responded saying that this is how the industry works.

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Now, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine has taken to Instagram to defend Rodrigo, saying, "I do think that we [should] probably meet this with a little more compassion and understanding."

In a lengthy statement on his Instagram Story Levine told his fans, "Look, these are tricky things, and anyone who’s ever written a song knows that sometimes you rip something off inadvertently, and it makes it to tape, and then it gets released, and then there’s a lawsuit.

"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 ... the grey area has reared its ugly head these days."

"... All this calling out and s***, it’s like, music is a creative thing, and I just hate to see it crushed ... When you take someone who’s a newer artist, and she’s doing things that emulate the ones from generations removed, I don’t know how bad that is. I think it’s kind of a cool thing to introduce the whole generation of young people to different musical ideas."

We can't imagine this drama is going to fizzle out anytime soon.

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