Olivia Rodrigo adds writing credits to Paramore members for her song 'good 4 u'
The past few weeks, Olivia Rodrigo has been caught in a bit of turbulence concerning her smash 'good 4 u'. After various Youtube uploads and 39k TikToks with the audio of 'good 4 u' mashed up with Paramore's 2007 single 'Misery Business', it is tough not to see the similarities between the two hits.
The turmoil has finally pushed Rodrigo to retroactively add songwriting credits to singer 'Hayley Williams' and guitarist 'Josh Farro' from Paramore. Although according to Variety's Report - "a source close to the situation tells Variety the credit is actually an interpolation" and contuined "that the two parties were in touch before "Good 4 U" was released"
What is an Interpolation?
While 'sampling' is the art of reusing the original sound recording, 'interpolation' is when only the 'underlying melody' is used, and all the sounds were 're-created' to perform the same melody from scratch. In the case of 'good 4 u', the original sound recordings from 'Misery Business' were NOT used and since only parts of the underlying melody were used as a basis to re-create all the sounds, the copyright for this song falls under 'Interpolation.'
As of now, the credits for both the writers and their publishers 'Warner Chappell' only reflect on ASCAP's (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Repertory database and not on Spotify.
Despite both parties agreeing that the song was as 'interpolation', this is Rodrigo's second retroactive addition of credits from the same hit album 'Sour' where Taylor Swift and co-writers were given credits to the song 'Déjà vu' for interpolating Swift's 'Cruel Summer'.
'Déjà vu' vs 'Cruel Summer'
While interpolation might be the next best thing to 'sampling', it definitely is not plagiarism, and as long as all parties and publishers agree to it, it is a win-win for everyone!