Olivia Rodrigo relives high school in concert film, ‘Sour Prom’

Thanks to Hole’s Courtney Love, the premiere wasn’t without controversy.

Olivia Rodrigo has dropped a dreamy concert film, titled Sour Prom.

Throughout the 27-minute film released on Tuesday (June 29), Rodrigo – who graduated high school in June but didn’t manage to go to prom – performed tracks from her debut album Sour in a variety of classic high-school settings. She went from crooning “Deja Vu” from the backseat of a prom limousine, to belting “Good 4 U” on a football field with a marching band. Rodrigo also sings from a photography darkroom, rocks a school auditorium, and dominates the dancefloor.

The film’s release was not without controversy, however. On Instagram, Hole frontwoman Courtney Love heavily implied that the promotional photo for Sour Prom ripped off the cover art of Hole’s classic album, Live Through This. Both artworks feature the singers depicted as tiara-wearing prom queens, with mascara running down their faces.


“Spot the Difference! #twinning,” Love captioned the post, alongside two queen emojis and a winking face.

Love also made several comments on Facebook, saying “it was rude of [Rodrigo], and [her label] geffen not to ask myself or [Live Through This cover photographer] Ellen von unwerth.”


“Stealing an original idea and not asking permission is rude. There’s no way to be elegant about it,” Love continued in another comment. “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.”

Love then proceeded to pin the blame for the alleged plagiarism on Rodrigo’s label, Geffen Records. “”I’ve informed her I await her flowers [and] note,” the Hole frontwoman continued. “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 !”

Rodrigo acknowledged the comparison, replying to Love’s Instagram post: “love u and live through this sooooo much,” she wrote. Love replied, referencing her earlier comments on Facebook: “Olivia – you’re welcome. My favorite florist is in Notting Hill, London! Dm me for deets! I look forward to reading your note!”

In May, the pop star released her chart-topping debut full-length, Sour, which featured singles like “Deja Vu,” “Good 4 U,” and her breakthrough debut, “Drivers License.” In that same month, she also performed “Drivers License” on Saturday Night Live.

Watch Sour Prom here:

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