- Courtney Love accused Olivia Rodrigo of ripping off the 1994 album cover for “Live Through This.”
- “Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude,” the former Hole frontwoman wrote.
- Love, 56, said she’s expecting flowers and a “long” note from the 18-year-old singer-songwriter.
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Courtney Love slammed Olivia Rodrigo as “rude” after the teenager paid tribute to “Live Through This,” the 1994 album by Love’s former band Hole.
On Wednesday, Rodrigo shared an image of herself posing as a tortured prom queen. The photo shoot was designed to promote her forthcoming livestream, where she’ll perform songs from her acclaimed debut album “Sour.”
The following day, Love posted Rodrigo’s photo on her own social media accounts.
“Spot the difference,” she wrote, adding the hashtag for “twinning” and a winky-face emoji.
Love was clearly referring to the artwork for “Live Through This,” photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. The famous image shows model Leilani Bishop holding a bouquet and wearing a tiara, mascara running down her face.
Indeed, Rodrigo commented on Love’s Instagram post, acknowledging the album’s impact on her own work.
“love u and live through this sooooo much,” she wrote.
Rodrigo has also cited Love’s alt-rock peers, including Fiona Apple and Alanis Morrissette, as some of her biggest influences for “Sour.”
“I wish I could be a teenager in the ’90s, because that’s my favorite music ever. I just feel like it’s so raw,” she told Vogue. “That’s what really got me going and what made me excited to write my own story.”
In response, Love told the “Drivers License” singer that she expects flowers and a personal apology.
“Olivia – you’re welcome,” she wrote. “My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! Dm me for deets! I look forward to reading your note!”
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The 56-year-old rocker went into more detail under her own post on Facebook, where she replied to several fans’ comments about the resemblance.
“Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude. There’s no way to be elegant about it,” she wrote, adding that von Unwerth “isn’t amused” either. “I’m not angry. It happens all the time to me. And he [sic] really I’m very gracious or say nothing. But this was bad form.”
Love also defended herself against critics who noted similarities between the “Live Through This” cover and the 1976 horror film “Carrie.”
“‘Carrie’ is an entirely different concept to my original idea. I made that so clear at the time,” Love wrote. “Don’t [you] dare gate keep my life. Especially as I’m luckily still alive to correct your presumption. Based on? Pigs blood? I don’t copy.”
Von Unwerth has said that Love’s concept for the album cover was directly inspired by “Carrie.”
Rodrigo also drew inspiration from “Carrie” for her prom-themed concert film. Shortly before the announcement, the 18-year-old shared a series of photos that hinted at the concept, including scenes from “Twilight” and Fox’s “The O.C.”
Love also placed blame on Geffen Records – as well as Disney, presumably because Rodrigo stars in the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”
“I’ve informed her I await her flowers [and] note. I sure hope it’s long,” Love wrote. “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!”
“Sour Prom Concert Film” will be livestreamed via YouTube on Tuesday.
A representative for Rodrigo did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.