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Is Olivia Rodrigo The New Star-In-The-Making?

Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo (courtesy of Universal Music Group)

 

Disney star Olivia Rodrigo is a fresh new face with a beautiful and pearly voice and she just broke the UK chart records and global Spotify streaming records with her debut single, ‘Drivers License.’

According to the Guardian, the song is No 1 in the UK and broke ‘the Official Charts Company’s record for the highest number of single-day streams ever for a non-Christmas song,’ and ‘Spotify’s global one-day streaming records for non-holiday songs.’

On January 11, just 3 days after its release on January 8, ‘Drivers License’ was streamed 15 M times, and on January 15, the song was streamed 83 M times! The numbers are so fantastic that some magazines are already considering the ‘song of the year.’ But the year has barely started, and Olivia is only 17 and she sounds like a star-in-the-making.

‘Drivers License’ is a very emotive piano ballad with Olivia’s wide-eyed vocals soaring into an emotional but powerful howl before falling back with a youthful vulnerability. The tune is animated with an earnest passion, and it brings side by side honest intimacy with a bombastic chorus. It’s a young love heartbreak and you can immediately feel why it’s a hit, especially at a time dominated by the Taylor Swift of the world… Olivia actually brings more emotions and shows much more range than another favorite of the moment, Phoebe Bridgers.

Olivia comes from a long tradition, the same one as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, she is another Disney star, a staple of Disney Channel since 2016 and part of the cast of mockumentary High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The song is actually rumored to be about the show: Olivia is getting a driver’s license while moving on from her relationship with the young Joshua Bassett, who is currently dating the blonde Sabrina Carpenter. Hence the lines, ‘And you’re probably with that blonde girl/Who always made me doubt/She’s so much older than me/She’s everything I’m insecure about’

And if you think the song, co-written by Olivia and producer Dan Nigro, sounds truly sincere, Olivia told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that she wrote the song while ‘literally crying in my living room.’

Meanwhile, Joshua Bassett just released another song ‘Lie, Lie, Lie,’ that could be an answer to Olivia’s song. ‘I found out someone close to me had been lying about me behind my back for a long time,’ he explained of the song’s meaning. ‘It always sucks to hear that someone you thought you could trust would throw you under the bus when it benefits them. It happens to all of us, and I think all you can do is seek out people that build you up rather than tear you down.’ So young and so much drama already!

Olivia has already signed with Interscope and Geffen Records and has of course already built a large platform, with 3.6 M followers on TikTok, 4.4 M followers on Instagram. Is a new star born?

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