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Elvis Costello on Olivia Rodrigo plagiarism claims: It’s OK, I do it too

Elvis Costello doesn’t thoughts if different artists rip off his hits — he was most likely borrowing from one other artist too. 

The English singer-songwriter, 66, took to Twitter to make as a lot clear, after one listener identified that the primary observe on Olivia Rodrigo’s album “Bitter,” known as “Brutal,” sounds suspiciously like Costello’s 1978 tune “Pump It Up.”

“No s–t. First tune on the album is a just about direct raise from Elvis Costello,” somebody named Billy Edwards tweeted Monday in response to an article about 18-year-old Rodrigo being accused of plagiarism by a number of artists. 

Costello, nonetheless, shortly made clear that he’s not hopping on that “plagiarism” bandwagon, — and is definitely a proponent of sharing riffs.

“That is positive by me, Billy,” Costello, 66, responded that very same day. “It’s how rock and roll works. You’re taking the damaged items of one other thrill and make a model new toy. That’s what I did #subterreaneanhomesickblues #toomuchmonkeybusiness.”

The hashtags reference the truth that “Pump It Up” was impressed by Bob Dylan’s 1965 tune “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” which was in flip impressed by Chuck Berry’s 1956 tune “Too A lot Monkey Enterprise.” 

Courtney Love, in the meantime, is much much less supportive of what she perceives as “rage-inducing” similarities between Rodrigo’s work and her personal. 

“Spot the distinction! #twinning!” grunge icon Love, 56, wrote on numerous social media platforms of the promotional picture Rodrigo launched of herself with make-up operating down her face as she holds a bouquet and wears a crown — notably much like Love’s band “Gap”’s 1994 album cowl for “Dwell Via This.” 

Courtney Love has blasted Olivia Rodrigo for the similarities between Hole's 1994 album cover for "Live Through This" (left) and Rodrigo's new prom-themed promo pic.
Courtney Love has blasted Olivia Rodrigo for the similarities between Gap’s 1994 album cowl for “Dwell Via This” (left) and Rodrigo’s new prom-themed promo pic.
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“Does Disney educate youngsters studying and writing? God is aware of.” Love wrote in a single social media remark. “Let’s see. Sure that is impolite. Rage inducing? Honey if I had a greenback for everybody [sic] this occurs? I’d be actual wealthy!”

In the meantime, “love u and stay by way of this sooooo a lot,” Rodrigo commented on Love’s Instagram submit about their “twinning.” 

In response, Love informed Rodrigo her favourite florist and that she “seems ahead to studying” a be aware from Rodrigo.

Musical visitor Olivia Rodrigo performs on “Saturday Evening Dwell” on Might 15, 2021.
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