18-year-old Actress/Singer/Songwriter OLIVIA RODRIGO absolutely is owning the Pop game right now. The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star debuted earlier this year with DRIVERS LICENSE, taking her straight to the top of the charts, the US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100 importantly – a huge feat for a new artist and a first single.
While it is a tall order to top that, her follow-up singles from debut Album SOUR cohesively follow post-breakup teenage angst, but she does it in such a delicate way that connects and is so relatable. Her lost love found new love quickly and she isn’t quite ready to cope with it. And so the 11-track collection explores the various emotions – sadness, anger and envy – and subsequent feelings of victimization. As she sums-up in single-worthy TRAITOR, “It took you two weeks to go off and date her/ Guess you didn’t cheat/But you’re still a traitor”. HAPPIER has her wishing them happiness but not happier than when they were together. Understandable.
The mostly Pop-Rock-driven Disc is produced by Dan Nigro who is responsible for Rodrigo‘s musical counterpart Conan Gray‘s debut Disc also, plus working with the likes of Lewis Capaldi and more. Taylor Swift even has given her blessing openly calling Rodrigo her “baby”, also allowing her to interpolate her track NEW YEARS DAY into the newcomer’s track 1 STEP FORWARD, 3 STEPS BACK. The two finally met recently at The BRITS!