Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, published on May 21, received positive reviews and some criticism. On Sour, the singer drew inspiration from other musical artists, both past and present, and several songs on the album appear to be interpolations of songs by other popular artists. However, everything worked out in the end because Rodrigo credited the other artists by adding them to the credits (albeit a little late). So, how much do musicians like Hayley Williams and Taylor Swift profit from Olivia Rodrigo’s songs? The solution is somewhat extensive.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour has been out for more than three months, yet there’s still a lot of buzz about it online, especially following the singer’s recent update to the credits. On August 25, Hayley Williams and Josh Farro from Paramore appeared on the “Good 4 U credits list.” The song had long been compared to Paramore’s 2007 hit “Misery Business,” and many fans appreciated the choice to include them retroactively. However, by giving up half of her songwriting credits to the band members, Rodrigo forfeited a sizable portion of the song’s royalties.
According to Billboard, who calculated how much money the members of Paramore made from “Good 4 U,” the figure is in the millions. When streaming, sales, and radio activities are factored in; the track has produced at least $2.4 million in global publication royalties, according to the outlet.
Swift, who appears on Sour’s “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” as a result of an interpolation of her song “New Year’s Day,” is also doing well. According to Billboard, the song hasn’t had as much financial success as the singles, but it has generated more than $258,379 in publishing royalties.
Swift has also earned more money as a result of Rodrigo’s track “Deja Vu.” Swift and her songwriting team were added as writers for the single, which includes an interpolation of “Cruel Summer.” According to Billboard, Swift has earned around $325,678 in global publishing royalties. Meanwhile, her collaborators, Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark, have earned $260,542 and $65,135, respectively.
Rodrigo’s debut album was a huge hit. Thus her new credits list is unlikely to have an effect on her. But those involved are undoubtedly making a lot of money off the record.