It's the song that's all over the radio, a TikTok sensation, and at the top of every music chart. This pop power ballad takes us on a journey of heartbreak and the stings of a breakup. But what inspired the track? And who is 17-year-old vocalist Olivia Rodrigo, the voice behind the number one record?
Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license (Official Video)
Rodrigo made her first big break on the High School Musical: The Musical series as the leading female role. Now, the star is on her way to having the first major hit of 2021 after releasing her debut single on January 7th. It is rumored that the somber song is about her Disney co-star Joshua Bassett who is reportedly dating 21-year-old singer Sabrina Carpenter after breaking things off with Rodrigo. The lyrics refer to the new girl as "blonde" and "older," both of which matches the characteristics of Carpenter.
Pop Crave reports that "drivers license" earned the "biggest single-day streams for a song by a female artist in US Spotify history with over 5.688 MILLION." This record was previously held by Ariana Grande for two years for her "thank u, next" masterpiece.
.@Olivia_Rodrigo's “drivers license" surpasses “thank u, next” by @ArianaGrande for the biggest single-day streams… https://t.co/X4uH11k9MI— Pop Crave (@Pop Crave) 1610494321
Everyone is talking about this Californian-native including Artist of the Decade Taylor Swift. As the star's track was on the rise to the top of Apple Music's charts, Rodrigo posted about her viral song following the evermore singer-songwriter. To her surprise, Swift commented on the post, spreading love and support for the teen artist.
"I say that's my baby and I'm really proud"
thinking about legally changing my name to "Taylor Swifts baby" https://t.co/EDn6xo15kW— Olivia Rodrigo (@Olivia Rodrigo) 1610300375
Rodrigo's chart-topping song also represents something much greater. She is the first Asian American woman to reach #1 on Apple Music Charts. With so much work to diversify the pool of mainstream artists in the past year, this milestone is inspiring for those who see someone that looks like them succeeding in the industry.
Season two of High School Musical: The Musical is currently under production, with the singer slated to continue her Vanessa Hudgens reboot role of Gabriella Montez.
Congratulations to the star on all of her accomplishments.
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