The year has only just begun and there’s already a new artist that’s absolutely decimated the charts – and everyone’s feeds. Self-ascribed spicy Pisces Olivia Rodrigo has seemingly shown up out of nowhere and blown everyone away with her single, drivers license, so I decided to have a dig around and bring you everything you need to know about the fresh face, the track, and that TikTok/Instagram drama behind it all.
Before we get into it, if you haven’t heard drivers license, do yourself a favour and stop everything for five mins and have a listen to this.
Olivia Has A Disney Background
Nope, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen her face, heard her voice, or read her name. Olivia’s an established Disney star – which we know has propped up many a pop star in the past.
She starred as Paige Olvera in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark, and Nini Salazar-Roberts in the Disney+ series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
‘Drivers License’ Isn’t Her First Charting Song, Kinda
Olivia actually penned a track for HSM: The Musical: The Series during her time on the show. Her musical chops were on display with ‘All I Want‘, which she wrote alone, and again with ‘Just For A Moment‘, which she co-wrote with her co-star and on-screen love interest, Joshua Bassett.
‘All I Want‘ went on to crack the Billboard Hot 100 all thanks to her tenure as a next-generation Wildcat (and going super viral on TikTok).
The drama, people. The DRAMA.
There’s A Theory ‘Drivers License’ Is About Her Ex BF & HSMTMTS Co-Star
Fans have a strong theory running that ‘drivers license‘ is actually about Olivia’s rumoured ex-boyfriend and former High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star, Joshua Bassett. She hasn’t confirmed or disputed the claims, but her sleuthing fans have been fast to track down solid arguments for it.
Like, he taught her how to drive, the “older blonde girl” referenced could be 21-year-old Sabrina Carpenter (who Josh has been spotted hanging out with), and the iPhone footage in the ‘drivers license‘ clip matches a video he used for his own track, All I Want (which is suspected to be about Olivia.)
I’m not saying drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo is about Joshua bassett but drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo is about Joshua bassett because THATS HIM pic.twitter.com/P2gilKE70T— mia (@miarosec_) January 8, 2021
She’s A Huge Swiftie, And Taylor Loves Her Back
Olivia has consistently said that Taylor Swift is one of her idols, so when she passed Taylor on the iTunes charts this week, Taylor threw her support behind the 17-year-old and celebrated her huge wins.
Olivia absolutely lost her shit, as any right-minded Swiftie would.
And She Loves Lorde, Too
In an interview with The Project For Women back in 2016, Olivia gushed about how much she loves New Zealand’s beloved Lorde.
“Lorde is one of my biggest idols,’ she said.
“Her songs are so true to what it feels like to grow up. She stays true to who she really is and I feel like it truly shows in her music.”
Her Debut Single Broke A Spotify Record Held By Ariana Grande
Even though she only dropped drivers license at the top of 2021, it quickly shot up the streaming charts and quickly passed her idol Taylor Swift, and Ariana Grande‘s Thank U, Next. That’s not the only thing – it’s also broken the record for the number of streams in a single day by a female artist, hitting well over 5.688 billion listens.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 12, 2021
Now that’s power.