Courtney Love accuses Olivia Rodrigo of “stealing” Hole’s album cover concept
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Courtney Love accuses Olivia Rodrigo of “stealing” Hole’s album cover concept

    Courtney Love has taken to Instagram to share a post accusing Olivia Rodrigo of copying Holes album artwork. 

    On Thursday, the legendary grunge icon posted a picture of Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour Prom concert film release alongside the artwork for Hole’s Live Through This and accompanied it with the caption “Spot the difference! #twinning.”

    The pair initially downplayed the fiasco with Rodrigo responding to the post with an acknowledging nod of admiration, as she wrote: “Love u and live through this sooooo much.” To which Love replied, “Olivia—you’re welcome. My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! Dm me for deets! I look forward to reading your note!” 

    However, these faux niceties were put to one side once Love began responding to fans questions on the matter on Facebook. She responded to one question on the matter stating, “[sic] it was rude of her, and [Rodrigo’s label] Geffen not to ask myself or [Live Through This cover photographer] Ellen von Unwerth.”

    Before elucidating her point even further in a scathing comment that read: “[sic] Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude. There’s no way to be elegant about it. I’m not angry. It happens all the time to me. But this was bad form. That’s not bullying or bomb throwing. This persons music has nothing to do with my life. Possibly never will. It was rude And I gave every right to stick up for my work. Don’t gatekeep me! I’m honorable as fuck to my fellow artists, and I expect the same.”

    Adding, “[sic] 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? Honey if I had a dollar for everyone this happens? I’d be real rich!”

    With a tiara, smudged mascara, a bouquet of flowers and prominence of purple, there is no denying the similarities between them, but given the simple nature of the cover, it is not really a concept that you can call dominion over. 

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