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Paramore's Hayley Williams given writing credit for Olivia Rodrigo song 'Good 4 U'

Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, and Paramore’s former lead guitarist, Josh Farro, seem to have been added to writing credits of Olivia Rodrigo’s hit single, ‘Good 4 U’.

A listing in the repertory of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) notes that Williams and Farro, have been listed as writers alongside Rodrigo and her producer, Dan Nigro. Strangely, Farro left Paramore back in late 2010.

Williams and Farro were not initially credited with being songwriters, per a Billboard report that listed the song’s full credits that were published in May, the same month ‘Good 4 U’ was released. 

Williams actually revealed the new modification in an excited update on her Instagram story. She shared a screenshot of a post made by Warner Chappell Music, highlighting the single’s number one zenith on the US Top 40. The social media post provided a “huge shoutout to our writers Hayley Williams (and) Joshua Farro”, to which Williams appended a heading of her own: “Our publisher is wildin rn”.

Currently, the way Williams and Farro contributed to the track remains unclear. Although, given that Rodrigo’s songs are pastiche’s of the 1990s and 2000s alt-rock/pop-punk, there have been many similarities drawn between elements of her artistry and others’ work. There have been parallels drawn between ‘Good 4 U’ and Paramore’s 2007 breakout hit, ‘Misery Business’.

Rodrigo’s debut album, Sour, dropped in May via Polydor/Geffen. It also highlights the brilliant Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff as songwriters on the track ‘1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back’, as it made use of some melodies from Swift’s ‘New Year’s Day’.

Earlier in August, Rodrigo responded to claims made by Hole’s Courtney Love that a recent promotional image ripped off the cover of the band’s timeless 1994 album, Live Through This. Classically, Love took to calling Rodrigo out on Instagram, to which the 18-year-old pop star responded, “To be honest, I’m just flattered that Courtney Love knows that I exist.”

Watch the video for ‘Good 4 U’, below.