Chart-topper Olivia Rodrigo has been accused of plucking tunes from the works of Elvis Costello but he said that’s “rock ‘n’ roll”.
Her track Brutal on the American singer’s album Sour is said to use a chord sequence which features on Costello’ 1978 hit Pump It Up.
The similarity was spotted by social media users, one of which wrote on Twitter “pretty much direct lift from Elvis Costello”.
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British singer-songwriter Costello was relaxed about the reported replication.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “This is fine by me… It’s how rock ‘n’ roll works.
“You take the broken pieces of another thrill and make a brand new toy.
“That’s what I did.”
He went on to cite examples using hashtags to Bob Dylan’s classic Subterranean Homesick Blues, which inspired Pump It Up and Chuck Berry’s Too Much Monkey Business, which in turn influenced the Dylan song.
This is not the first time Rodrigo has been accused of leaning heavily on her musical predecessors.
Artwork for her Sour Prom concert film livestream event bore a striking resemblance to the cover of the album Live Through This by Courtney Love’s band Hole.
Both images show the women as prom queens in tiaras holding flowers with heavily smudged mascara.
Love shared the picture of Rodrigo on Instagram and wrote: “Spot the difference!”
Rodrigo commented: “love u and live through this sooooo much.”
Copyright claims are a common occurrence in the music industry, Led Zeppelin has been embroiled in a lengthy battle over the claim its 1971 mega-hit Stairway To Heaven violated the copyright of a 1968 song called Taurus by the band Spirit.
Pop stars Lizzo, Ed Sheeran and Shakira are also among the stars who have faced such accusations.
But as every artist knows imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.