Olivia Rodrigo is having a banner year with the release of her album, Sour.
The singer is hitting number one with both singles and her album. Her latest song, “Good 4 U,” has become one of the hottest streaming tracks around the world. The song has smashed through Spotify’s record for most plays in a single week for the second time. The third single from her debut album Sour was streamed more than 84 million times in the week ending May 27.
That’s several million plays ahead of the previous record-holder – Olivia Rodrigo herself.
The song with the most plays in a single week on Spotify before this one was “Drivers License.” That track became the first in Spotify history to reach 80 million streams in one consecutive seven-day period. Rodrigo claims the two top spots on the Spotify weekly streaming ranking. Both songs have bested the previous record holder, Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.”
Both “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U” are smashing streaming records worldwide. Yesterday, Billboard announced that Sour had also performed well enough to open at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. That’s in part thanks to just how many people were streaming those hits on Spotify. The 11-song album has racked up an incredible 300 million streams since it was released.
The album itself is full of songs about love gone wrong, which resonates with her teen audience. In interviews, Rodrigo is coy about the meaning of her lyrics, but teens everywhere know what a breakup song sounds like. Rodrigo has also built up a legion of fans who are eager to hear more from the 18-year-old pop star.
She regularly posts snippets of songs on Instagram. Olivia Rodrigo says she worked with songwriter and producer Dan Nigro to create the album. Rodrigo says she wrote “Drivers License” after a long drive, during which she was crying and listening to one of her favorite songwriters. That songwriter is Gracie Abrams, who has yet to release a debut album of her own.
Rodrigo got her start on the Disney Channel like many recent pop teen idols. But she’s ready to break away from the stereotypes that come with the Disney association. “I still fuckin’ love you, babe,” is a line in “Drivers License,” which Rodrigo says wasn’t written with the curse in the lyric. “If that naturally sort of separated me from the Disney archetype? That’s cool.”