Yes, Olivia Rodrigo Samples Taylor Swift on Her New Album

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05-21-2021

If one of the tracks off Olivia Rodrigo's debut album, Sour, sounds awfully familiar, don't worry, you're not having deja vu (unless you're listening to “Deja Vu,” LOL). Rodrigo's melancholic “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back” uses the same piano melody as Taylor Swift's “New Year's Day,” the closing track from her 2017 album, Reputation. “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back,” however, is about insecurity after a break-up and not understanding what went wrong. Olivia Rodrigo has long cited Taylor Swift as one of her major inspirations, calling her “the best songwriter of all time" and self-identifying as a “Swiftie” to the core. The two finally met at the Brit Awards in May 2021 but had made contact before that, with Swift sending Rodrigo a handwritten note.

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