Maroon 5’s Adam Levine believes Olivia Rodrigo deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to accusations she copied other artistswhile making her chart-topping debut album “Sour.”
He explained on his Instagram that writing music is “tricky” and artists sometimes “rip something off inadvertently.”
“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.”
“The Voice” alum’s defense of Rodrigo came one day after it was revealed Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Joshua Farro were retroactively added to the writing credits of her hit single “Good 4 U.”The decision came after fan-made mash ups of the Paramore’s “Misery Business” and Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” went viral on social media because of how eerily similar the songs are.
Adam went on to refer to Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” lawsuit from 2015, in which Marvin Gaye’s family won a $7.3 million settlement when a jury agreed the hit song plagiarized Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”
Adan 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.”
In June, Courtney Love slammed Rodrigo for the similarities between the “Sour” album cover and Hole’s 1994 album cover for “Live Through This.”
Meanwhile,Elvis Costello shot down accusations Rodrigo’s “Brutal” ripped off his 1978 song “Pump It Up” on Twitter — while also admitting he’s done the same thing in the past.
“It’s how rock and roll works,” Costello responded to a fan’s tweet about the similarities between the two songs. “You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy. That’s what I did #subterreaneanhomesickblues #toomuchmonkeybusiness.”
Source: NY Post.
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