Artist Rising: Olivia Rodrigo
getting your Driver’s License the same week he breaks your heart
Best known for her work on Disney Channel including, the High School Musical reboot, which we could all debate maybe shouldn’t of happen, Olivia Rodrigo (17) is a budding superstar that people should start paying attention to. It’s arguably the most exciting time of an artist’s career, when they begin to find their footing in an industry that is notorious for eating people up and swallowing them whole. Rodrigo pride’s herself on being a storytellar and a songwriter first. With one of her biggest musical idols being Taylor Swift, it's easy to see where her honest and raw lyrics draw inspiration from.
With the release of her debut single, people will finally get a sense of her immense talent as an artist, with a clear and intimate vision. Driver’s License is the anxy teen breakup song every girl feels emotionally connected to and immediately jumps in their car to blast through the speakers. There is nothing that’s more coming of age, than falling in love for the first time and, in turn, having your heart broken…for the very first time.
I know we weren’t perfect / But I’ve never felt this way for no one
The song is a charming pop ballad, including a shinning bridge that oozes melodrama. Is made to be shared and played on the radio and tiktok. The bridge is good enough to be backdrop to great nostalgic teen dramas, and work immediately. Rodrigo’s ability to tap into her deepest emotions and make them feel universal is a gift. Her ability to embrace all the feels that come along with loving someone HARD, is what has helped her amasse such a loyal following. She is speaking to people who are going through the same thing she is in a vulnerable way. It is an added bonus that her fandom believe they know who the song is about (wink wink Joshua).
Driver’s License, has already amassed over 13 millions plays on Spotify and 10 millions views on Youtube…all in 3 days. Need I remind you all, THIS IS HER FIRST SINGLE. I would say the pop singer songwriter genre is currently in great hands as Rodrigo joins an already great class including Julia Michales, Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rodgers and Billie Eilish. So as our friends across the pond have stated “olivia rodrigo is the moment”.