“I think it’s kind of a cool thing to introduce a whole generation of young people to different musical ideas.”
Olivia Rodrigo is on fire these days. The singer and songwriter’s hit song “Good 4 U” has stayed steady on the charts and in TikToks acrosss the globe.
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When the song was first released, fans noticed a striking similarity between the song and the band Paramore’s hit “Misery Business.”
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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is coming to Olivia’s defense and praising the move.
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“There’s all this drama over Olivia Rodrigo, and the Elvis Costello song and Paramore chimed in about a song that sounds like theirs,” he said in a video on his Instagram story.
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“Look, these are tricky things and anyone who’s ever written a song knows that you rip something off inadvertently, and it makes it to tape, and then it’s released and then there’s a lawsuit,” he shared. “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.”
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He also made a comparison to the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit that Robin Thicke and Pharrell were a part of.
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“That ‘Blurred Lines’ case was a landmark case that kind of changed the game,” he 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.”
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As a tenured musician, he asked people to give Olivia the benefit of the doubt and let her express her creativity however she wants.
“When you take someone who’s a newer artist and she’s doing things that kind of emulate the ones from generations removed, I don’t know how bad that is,” he said. “I think it’s kind of a cool thing to introduce a whole generation of young people to different musical ideas.”
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If it’s Adam Levine approved, then it’s good for us!
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