Elvis Costello Defends Popstar Olivia Rodrigo from Plagiarism Claims: ‘It’s How Rock and Roll Works’

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Elvis Costello came to Oliva Rodrigo’s defense this week, as she continues to be accused of plagiarism by both social media users as well as fellow artists.

Twitter user Billy Edwards posted an article from The Guardian on Monday, headlined “Olivia Rodrigo accused of plagiarism by Courtney Love and others,”

“No shit,” he wrote. “First song on the album is a pretty much direct lift from Elvis Costello.”

No shit. First song on the album is a pretty much direct lift from Elvis Costello https://t.co/yzkj9AFQ8A

— Billy Edwards (@biiilyedwards) June 28, 2021

Edwards was referencing a guitar riff from Rodrigo’s song “Brutal,” comparing it to Costello’s 1978 hit “Pump It Up.”

Costello, however, granted Rodrigo a pass,
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