“I used to be so inexperienced as to how the music business labored, the litigious facet,” the 20-year-old says of her first album — which noticed her retroactively give credit to numerous artists, together with Swift, on a lot of her tracks
Olivia Rodrigo has responded to fan theories her single “Vampire” is about none aside from Taylor Swift.
The 20-year-old gave the impression to be taking a web page out of Swift’s personal cryptic songbook as she started by noting, in an interview with The Guardian, “I imply, I by no means need to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve by no means executed that earlier than in my profession and possibly will not. I feel it is higher to not pigeonhole a tune to being about this one factor.”
The previous Disney Channel star then added, “I used to be very stunned when individuals thought that.”
The actual lyrics within the tune “Livies” imagine are about Swift embrace the phrases: “bloodsucker, fame f–ker, bleedin’ me dry like a goddamn vampire!”
The fan theories have been born out of Rodrigo quietly including Swift, Jack Antonoff, and St. Vincent as co-writers on her single “Deja Vu.” She additionally added Antonoff and Swift to a different monitor from the identical album, Bitter, titled “1 Step Ahead, 3 Steps Again.” Rodrigo has apparently by no means collaborated with Taylor in particular person, and he or she appeared to solely acknowledge Swift and crew for each songs retroactively. The Guardian notes that she ended up giving Swift 50 p.c of the royalties to these tracks — in addition to to Paramore for her hit “Good 4 U.”
Of the expertise, she informed The Guardian it was “disappointing to see individuals take issues out of context and discredit any younger girl’s work.” And added of her first album versus writing her second, “I used to be so inexperienced as to how the music business labored, the litigious facet … I really feel like now I do know a lot extra in regards to the business and I simply really feel … higher outfitted in that regard. It wasn’t one thing I thought of an excessive amount of.”
Rodrigo has beforehand expressed how a lot of an affect Swift was on her creatively. For the reason that obvious situation with credit, Rodrigo’s effusive reward of the “Merciless Summer time” singer has seemingly come to an finish.
Taylor, in the meantime, tapped Sabrina Carpenter for her Eras Tour — who followers imagine “Drivers License” was partially about.
Final month, Rodrigo mentioned that the lyrics for “Vampire” will not be essentially about somebody utilizing her as a stepping stone to get forward.
“I feel the tune is not about fame f—ing or no matter, I feel it is extra about somebody being manipulative and sucking you dry, utilizing you for all of your price,” she mentioned whereas on Audacy’s The Julia Show. “I feel that that is a common theme, and I additionally assume fame is extra simply accessible now than it has ever been. It’s not simply individuals in L.A. and Hollywood that should take care of that.”
In the meantime, the tune additionally makes reference to an age hole in addition to a short-lived relationship — additional complicating any simple interpretation of the lyrics.
Earlier this summer time, Rodrigo posted to Instagram in regards to the tune, sharing, “scripting this tune helped me type by a number of emotions of remorse, anger, and heartache. it’s considered one of my favourite songs on the album and it felt very cathartic to complete. im so pleased it’s in your arms now and I hope it helps u take care of any bloodsuckers in your life. all my thanks 4ever”.