With all the success and firsts singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, is receiving from her debut album SOUR, it is only prudent that she gets herself involved in unnecessary drama. Despite Rodrigo’s homage to Courtney Love in the promo art for her “Sour Prom” concert film, Love did not seem flattered.
In recent a Instagram post, Love shared her thoughts about Rodrigo’s concert film’s promo photo, which is an homage to Love’s 1994 “Live Through This” Hole band album cover. The photo displays Rodrigo in a prom dress with mascara running down her face as she holds a bouquet of flowers.
In her caption, Love wrote, “Spot the Differnce! #twinning,” in a seemingly playful manner, to which Rodrigo commented “love u and live through this sooooo much.”
However, in a post made to her Facebook account, Love made it clear how she felt about Rodrigo’s tribute, writing “It’s just rude,” in a reply to another comment. She also said that Rodrigo should have asked her and her record label permission to be able to use the cover art.
“It’s happened my whole career,” said Love in the comments of the post, “But manners [are] manners!”
In her rage, she also said via a comment, “I’ve informed her I await her flowers [and] note. I sure hope it’s long. Does Disney teach kids reading and writing? God knows. Let’s see. Yes, this is rude. Rage inducing?”
Love’s album cover, at first glance, takes inspiration from the horror film Carrie. Fans have pointed this out.
“It’s so iconic it must be a tribute…,” said a commenter, “If she doesn’t know that or the reference I’d be baffled. From the crown to the teary make up to the flowers, dress style and violet background… come on. Love this new artist nevertheless.”
Love responded to the comment, asking for her life not to be gatekept because Carrie is “an entirely different concept to her original idea” and that she doesn’t “copy.”
Rodrigo’s album SOUR, overall, pays homage to many musical artists, songs, and art. The fact that she chose to draw inspiration from Love’s band’s album should not be held against her.
You can compare the two covers yourself and come to your own conclusions.