Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff are listed as songwriters on Olivia Rodrigo's new album 'Sour' - here's why
- Olivia Rodrigo released her highly anticipated debut album, "Sour," on Friday.
- The fourth track, "1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back," interpolates Taylor Swift's "New Year's Day."
- Rodrigo's song repurposes the memorable piano riff from Swift's "Reputation" closer.
Rodrigo's highly anticipated debut, "Sour," was released to rave reviews on Friday.
Fans quickly noticed that Swift and her frequent collaborator, Jack Antonoff, are both listed as cowriters on the album's fourth track, "1 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back."
By all accounts, Rodrigo's song interpolates "New Year's Day" rather than samples it directly, which means she re-recorded the piano line - either by herself or with her own studio musicians - instead of copy-and-pasting the original recording.
Typically, interpolating a song only requires permission from whoever wrote the composition, not the legal owner of the song's master. This is important, since a private-equity company owns the original recording of "New Year's Day," not Swift.
Rodrigo managed to retain control of her own master recordings when she signed with Geffen/Interscope in 2020. She said she was inspired by Swift's fight to own her music.
Fittingly, "1 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back" contains a sneaky Easter egg for fellow Swifties. The common idiom is actually "one step forward, two steps back," but Rodrigo wrote "three" instead, likely because 13 is Swift's lucky number.
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