"New" Artist of the Month for June 2021
Olivia Rodrigo is an actress and singer-songwriter, most recognized for her appearances as Paige Olvera in Bizaardvark on Disney Channel and Nini Salazar-Roberts in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney Plus. Rodrigo signed with Interscope and Geffen Records in 2020, and in January 2021, she released her first single “drivers license,” which charted at number one in several countries across the world, including the U.S. On May 21, her critically praised debut album, Sour, was released. It was preceded by two additional songs, “déjà vu” and “good 4 u,” the latter of which became her second number one song in the U.S.
Her debut album, and music in general, is a one-way ticket to relive adolescence in all its glory: all-consuming heartbreak, jealously and insecurity, and the feeling that everything is the biggest thing ever.
Following the release of her first charting single off of the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series soundtrack “All I Want,” Rodrigo’s musical popularity skyrocketed, thanks to “drivers license,” released during the COVID quarantine, which was a compelling potential romantic backstory that references other Gen Z celebrities, and a viral TikTok trend.
Rodrigo considers Taylor Swift and Lorde her musical idols and influences. She once said that she is the biggest Taylor Swift fan. Fiona Apple, St. Vincent, and Cardi B are also among Rodrigo’s inspirations.